On July 24, 2002, David Lynn Harris was brutally murdered. David had been seeing another woman in secrecy; when his wife, Clara Harris, found out, she ran over him three times with their daughter in the passenger seat witnessing everything. Clara was sentenced to 20 years in prison along with a fine of $10,000. Just as Clara was found guilty, so should Mary Maloney from the short story, Lamb to the Slaughter by Roald Dahl. This story was based in the fifties and clearly shows the roles of men and women. However, when Patrick, the husband of Mary, came home, he spoke of bad news and Mary hit him on the head with a leg of lamb, hence the name of the story. Readers can automatically come to the conclusion that Mary Maloney is guilty. Her mental stability before, during, and after the incident, the logical cover up story, and her emotions and actions towards her wrong doings all prove that she was aware and responsible for the hostile act towards Patrick, and therefore should be proven guilty.
Rochester's hatred of his wife manifests itself yet further when he covers her with a sheet in another of the story's symbolic deaths.
Mrs. Maloney gets away with the murder in the end. This caused by a revolting ending in which he police detectives eat the leg of lamb that was used to kill Patrick. The writer creates an unbelievable ending by making the story, up to the murder, set in a very normal family house. It is not somewhere you would associate with a morbid killing. The writer builds up an impression that the marriage may not be as good as it could be, and both were under strain not to release the tension onto each other.
The conflict in “Lamb to the Slaughter” is, that Mary. Maloney, a devoted housewife, six months pregnant, kills her husband with a leg of lamb after he tells her that he is planning on leaving her. In the very beginning, the atmosphere is very calm. Mary Maloney is peacefully sewing in her living room waiting for her husband, a police officer, to come home from work. After his arrival, they silently sit in the living room drinking whisky. Mrs. Maloney watches her husband very carefully but after he swallows his whisky very quickly and gets another stronger drink, the reader notices that something is unusual. Before she wants to fix something for supper, her husband stops her and tells her, even though it isn’t exactly conveyed to the reader, that he
Traumatic news can lead to traumatic actions. In Roald Dahl’s ”Lamb to the Slaughter,” main character Mary Maloney is told very shocking new that causes her to overreact and kill her husband Patrick Maloney. Their blissful life turned upside down in a matter of five minutes. Mary was a great wife to Patrick. She loved him very much and is even carrying his child. Mary always catered to Patrick and was very loyal to him. Mary Maloney is a sympathetic character because she was very loving, compliant, and only lied to protect her baby.
¨You want to help me change my life? Mom asked, I'm fine you're the one who need help. Your values are all confused¨. In the novel ¨The Glass Castle” by Jeannette Walls, her mother Rosemary suffered abuse at the hands of her husband and has a really interesting backstory. Rosemary Walls wanders into her own world , but still she continues to stay determined and positive. Rosemary doesn’t like rules and doesn´t really like to take care of her children. She doesn't have a good relationship, but it does get better in the novel.
Marian knows that Robert had shot a man, and yet is angry at the M.P. officer who stayed with Robert as a guard to make sure he did not escape. Marian does not quite understand this though as, “where should he escape to? Death? A few brief hours of sleep? The painless tranquillity of morphine? I tell you it nearly drove me mad” (Findley, 194). However, one would assume her position is justified because of where and who she is in time and in space. As a nurse, it is her job to look at patients as patients and to give them the best possible care. To her, Robert Ross was always a broken and disfigured man, and to deem a disabled man a murderer is absurd. Yet, the reader’s perception of Robert Ross is purposely ambiguous and absurd. Ross is both and neither a victim or oppressor.It is unclear if Robert himself should be seen as a traitor and murderer for killing his fellow soldiers, or just a burn victim, another innocent casualty of war. Similarly, the reader may also question Marian’s reliability and accuracy especially since a great amount of time has passed. However, since she was with Robert after possibly the most catastrophic moment of his life, and so she may be the only trustworthy source the reader and the archivist have in order to gain knowledge of Robert personally. Maurice Aymard in her journal describes the frustration of trying to piece together history from personal memories: “Never have memory’s tools been more powerful or more efficient, yet never has the relationship between history and memory seemed more uncertain. History has lost its monopoly over the production and conservation of memory; memory has developed independently” (Aymard, 7). Aymard explains that while the use of memory to uncover and produce
The fact that Norma in the end pushes the button and that it is Arthur that dies could be a metaphor. In the sense that people might not know each other as well as we think we do. Even in close relationships as marriage. Often we do not show our worst sides even to people we love.
Author also surprises readers, when he introduces conflict between a couple that used to love each other deeply. Diverting the story from love to betrayal, author develops an irony. In the story, reader sees two examples of betrayal. Ms. Maloney, while talking with her tired husband, finds out her husband no longer want to keep their marriage. Without giving any kind of reason, Patrick betrays her wife with a decision of breaking marriage. Mary shocks, when her husband, boldly, says, “ This is going to be bit shock of you”(P. Maloney) Author creates a total opposite picture of Patrick by describing him as a husband who used to give her wife surprises; he is now giving her shock in the middle of her pregnancy. Mary, who was previously shown as “anxiety less”(Dahl), with “a slow smiling air”(Dahl) and “curiously tranquil”(Dahl), had began to get upset and now inculcate her eye with a “bewildered look.” After betrayed by her husband, she, without any argue, she goes to the basement to look for frozen food. She decides to have leg of a lamb as a last dinner with her husband, but she smashes the frozen leg in to Patrick’s head with killing him. Mary betrays her husband by killing him and takes revenge of her betrayal. Later, Author confirms her as a murdered with the statement of “I’ve killed him”(Mary) from her own lips. Dahl, in the story,
This scene starts off with Sam conversing with Dana and asks her to teach his younger siblings how to read and write. She then told Sam she needs to get permission from Rufus in order to be able to teach his siblings. Days passes and things were going pretty smooth until an event took place that changes the course of the plan. Rufus decides to sell Sam leaving his sister belligerent toward Dana and calls Dana a whore. She then starts approaching and Dana was now in deep fear of her since she was a field hand and had the strength to give Dana a good beating. Before Sally could lay a hand on Dana, Rufus interferes and orders Sally to continue working. Dana tries convincing Rufus that he was making a vast mistake and he was about to destroy all he had preserves, but Rufus replies by hitting Dana which forces her to stumble backward and fall to the ground. Dana felt betrayed and she walks back to the cookhouse with utter disbelief. When she arrives there, she warms some water and takes it to the attic and was about to attempt a dangerous action. “... washed my knife in anti-septic, and hooked the drawstring of my bag over my shoulder. And in the warm water I cut my wrists.” (239) Dana is not a type of girl that could be predicted easily and almost all her doings her random. She would conquer all barriers that gets in her way to stay
The Lavender Scare first started in 1953 during Eisenhower’s presidency when the Red Scare was being put into action by Senator McCarthy. During this time McCarthy accused the LGBT community that worked in government positions of being more of threat to the American government than possible communist spies. Senator McCarthy said that gay males and lesbians could be easily blackmailed and would give away government secrets to protect themselves from their sexuality being exposed. After McCarthy’s accusations president Eisenhower signed Executive Order 10450 which made it “official government policy that gay and lesbian employees were to be hunted down and fired” (9 Things To Know About The Lavender Scare 1).
There are in both passages many similarities and differences in the pieces of written literature. Starting off with drinking, in both of the passages there is drinking. For Jeanette her father Rex drinks and makes promises that he can’t keep. Most importantly, his drinking leads to destruction in the family. In the boy’s poem his father drinks but he plays around with the child, but if you look at it in another view point, it seems as if the father abuses the boy.
Maryann’s husband kills Frank, Matt’s grief is increased because he sees Richard around town. Matt is aggravated and distraught over the situation. Matt and Ruth can’t stand that Richard is walking around town a free man as if not ever happened. Matt says he has to take care of the situation because it is too hard for Ruth to cope knowing that Richard is a free man. Ruth Fowler wants justice. The parents of Frank are grieving the loss of their son and are heartbroken, they feel as if they are dead inside. It seemed as if Richard had flashbacks of the past and became jealous of Frank that both Maryann and the children were happy
This sexually violent act is not at all about sex: it is explicitly an act of power and control, humiliating the nurse. As Oscar Wilde once said, “Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power.” McMurphy was not motivated by lust. He avenges Billy, and his hands immediately aims for the nurse’s throat. She loses her voice and her literal grasp of power in the ward. Ripping her blouse is a psychologically calculated move. A primal yet powerful move, McMurphy emotionally defeats the nurse with her pressure point, so she resorts to performs lobotomy on McMurphy. Interestingly, it is pointed out near the beginning of the book that the lobotomy begins with removing the eye, which represents perception in the Bible. The nurse incapacitates McMurphy’s intellect: murder is the ultimate disempowerment for both the victim and the survivors. Both of their pride stem from their intellectual mastery, which translates into their power play, but pride itself is an emotional sin. From the start, this was a game Nurse Ratched could not
Rosemary’s baby is a creepy, non-shock oriented, horror movie. With its credibility, well written storyline, and great actors it has received a spot on the best all time horror films list. While this movie isn’t like the newer horror movies, it messes with your mind in a disturbing way. The movie’s plot revolves around the fears of being a new mother that later become suspicions and paranoia. Rosemary’s Baby is a story about a recently wedded couple. Guy is an actor wanting to get any gig he can and Rosemary wants to have children. They move into an apartment with a bad reputation due to witches and deaths in New York. A little while after