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Mary Maloney In Roald Dahl's Lamb To The Slaughter

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It could be said that murder is something someone should always be punished for no matter what the circumstances, but is it true in Mary Maloney's case? In the book Lamb to the Slaughter by Roald Dahl, Mary Maloney murdered her husband Patrick, but did she do it in the heat of the moment? Did Mary mean to kill Patrick, was it intentional? These are the questions that would lead us to figure out whether or not Mrs. Maloney intentionally killed Patrick or whether it was an act of insanity. This can be shown by Mrs. Maloney's obsessive nature towards Patrick, the sudden news of the divorce’s impact on her and the 1950’s impact on the way she lived her life. Mary Maloney is an innocent victim of circumstances pushed to unlawful behavior, because of her mental instability before and during the time of the crime.

Have you ever met a wife so devoted to her husband that they would just go crazy without them in their life? Well, this is what happened to Mrs. Maloney, Mary Maloney was a devoted loving wife, all of her energy was spent on Patrick she would wait for him in her chair all day as said in the short story. “Mary Maloney was waiting for Patrick to come home from work. Now and again she glanced at the clock, but without anxiety: She merely wanted to satisfy herself that each minute that went by made it nearer the time when he would come home”(Dahl.379). As the text states Mrs. Maloney’s whole life centered around Patrick and making him happy, waiting for him to come home
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