Saturday, March 16, 2019
Comparing Lamb to the Slaughter to The Speckled Band Essay -- English
Comparing Lamb to the Slaughter to The dotted hoopLamb to the Slaughter and The Speckled Band argon both dischargemysteries. Like most murder mysteries each of the stories piss amurderer, a victim and characters acting in a suspicious or unusualway.Lamb to the Slaughter is a 20th degree Celsius legend about a woman calledMary who kills her husband, Patrick Maloney, using a leg of lamb. Thisseems kind of surprising at first as she seems quite loving and devotedto him- she loved to luxuriate in the presence of this man. stilla lot of Mary Maloneys behaviour in the first crack does seem quiteworrying and peculiar. It seems that she is almost obsessed with herhusband and this is shown by the way she is constantly trying toplease him. Although the murder is a ab using up of passion Mrs Maloneymanages to deal with it quite well. She is very calculating whenrealising quite what she has through with(p) and providing herself with aconvincing alibi. When the detectives arrive to inv estigate the murderthey seem to be taking it very seriously, however they dont reallyseem to consider Mrs Maloney as a real suspect. There is one point inthe story where one of the detectives saysacted quite normal very cheerful impossible that she that this isan idea which is soon discarded. After a while the attitude of thedetectives becomes more than than relaxed and non so professional. Mrs Maloneytakes advantage of this by asking the detectives to stay for dinner.She because goes on to feed them the leg of lamb thus destroying theevidence. There is a moment of irony towards the end because whentalking about the murder artillery one of the detectives saysProbably right under our very nose just as they are eating the legof lamb. ... ...and and Lamb to the Slaughter arevery diverse. In Lamb to the Slaughter Mr and Mrs Maloney both livedin a warm and clean home. The atmosphere is of a happy and contenthousehold. In The Speckled Band the murder takes place in an old,grey, sto ne house. The setting seems colder and emptier. The fact thatRoylott keeps animals much(prenominal) as cheetahs and baboons adds a darker addsa more sinister feel to the story. This is more typical of a murdermystery but it may not have seemed so unusual when it was firstwritten in the nineteenth century. I think the author of Lamb to theSlaughter wants the reader to see Mrs Maloney as quite cunning anddeceitful. He does this by showing that Mrs Maloney can use the factthat she was married to Mr Maloney and that she is six months pregnantto her advantage. Holmes would probably not have fallen into this sametrap.