Lamb to the Slaughter.

Topics: Short story, American films, Essay Pages: 2 (633 words) Published: October 30, 2012
Lamb To The Slaughter. Roald Dahl.

i will be writing an essay on Roald Dahl's short story 'Lamb To The Slaughter;. In this essay i will be telling you about Mrs. Mary Maloney, setting, plot and my conclusion. Has Roald Dahl created the perfect murder? Lets find out.

First i will be writing about the setting. Roald Dahl describes the home as ''warm and clean'', ''curtains drawn'', ''two table lamps alight'' and ''two tall glasses, soda water whisky''. He also makes Mr and Mrs Maloney's home sound like a very neat and cosy enviroment. He inclues very specific detail bu mentioning the ice-cubes that were used for the whisky. The house also sounds private as the curtains are closed, so no one could realy peak in. It just seems like the perfect home. You wouldnt expect anything extremely bad to happen.

In the short story, we are introduced to Mary Maloney, a 6 month pregnant housewife who recently found out that her husband is going to leave her. Mary is a typical housewife, waiting on her husband hand and foot. She loves him dearly, but as the story unfolds, we see that he does not share the same feelings. Mrs. Maloney, unable to handle the rejection, lashes out and kills her husband. We then see Mary’s character transform before our eyes and the once loving, dutiful housewife becomes a very devious, manipulative and cold hearted character. She manages to fool everyone maybe even herself. She comes across as a very quiet, innocent person, like she wouldnt harm anyone. Her skin was translucent. She devoted her whole life to her husband, but then something turns for the worse and Mary Maloney does something you wouldnt expect her to do.

I'm goign to give you a brief summary of the short story. Both Mr and Mrs Maloney live at home together. Mary Maloney is 6 months pregnant with Patrick's baby. She expected it to be a normal day, but it wasnt. Patrick came home from work and he started acting un-easy around her. Giving her one word replies and...
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