Compare the Presentation of the Protagonist in ‘Lamb to the Slaughter’ and ‘Vendetta’

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Compare the presentation of the protagonist in ‘Lamb to the Slaughter’ and ‘Vendetta’

In this essay I am going to compare the two main characters in ‘Lamb to the Slaughter’ and ‘Vendetta’. I am going to analyse both texts and provide an overview.

The main protagonists in both stories are very alike. They both seek avenge on someone they dislike, they are both females and most importantly, they are both murderers. The authors surprise the reader as the tone at the beginning of the texts is not indicative of what happens later. It is surprising because no one would have thought that an average housewife or an old widow were capable of committing such a serious crime. I believe that the author did this intentionally to keep the readers intrigued.

The beginning of ‘Lamb to Slaughter’ is very ordinary. ‘The room was warm and clean, the curtains drawn, the two table lamps alight-hers and the one by the empty chair opposite.’ This creates a romantic atmosphere. Many of the women in the 1950’s were homemakers and did not work. As they spent their days at home and were not exposed to the working environment women were perceived to be very innocent, ignorant and naïve.

The language and level of detail provided in ‘Lamb to the Slaughter’ is completely different to ‘Vendetta’. The beginning of ‘Vendetta’ is more descriptive enabling the reader to imagine the setting. ‘The house of widow Saverini, clinging to the very edge…’ This quotation creates suspense and drama which is quite different to the effect of the language used by the author in ‘Lamb to the Slaughter’. ‘Mary Maloney was waiting for her husband to come in from work.’ Here we see language being used in a much simpler way.

Drawing back to similarities in both of the stories, love turns into anger as the thing each protagonist loves the most gets taken away from them. ‘Never fear, my boy, my little baby, you shall be avenged. Sleep, sleep; you shall be avenged.’ The word ‘sleep’ shows that Widow...
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