Lamb to the Slaughter Essay

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Love can be as strong as tidewater, however, sometimes it becomes a huge net and traps you tightly. In Lamb to the Slaughter, by Roald Dahl, drastic desire to monopolize is hidden behind the gentle love. Mary, the housewife, finally punishes Patrick as the one who wants to escape from her obsessed love. Roald Dahl illustrates that love can be a sweet excuse for control, this story portrays a twisted love. People consider Mary as a lonely and helpless housewife who spends her life serving her husband. She doesn't have job and income, but a six-month child and her love to Patrick. In the opening scene, she waits for her husband as usual and "Now again she would glance up at the clock, but without anxiety, merely to please herself with the thought that each minute gone by made it nearer the time when he would come." It seems that a lonely woman has waited for her husband for so long and she is getting more and more anxious and excited for every minute. However, this can be considered from another point of view. Once Patrick steps out from the house, Mary can't keep an eye on him. What might be the most important thing for Mary to keep an eye on? Maybe some beautiful young ladies outside. Married men are more likely to have extramarital love if they have a housewife who is a control freak. However, people seldom consider this case from another point of view. Readers are fooled by Mary's gentle love and her contribution to her husband. Her sense of control is hidden by love. After suffering the long waiting time, Patrick finally comes home. Mary"took his coat and hung it in the closet. Then she walked over and made the drinks, a strong one for him, a weak one for herself."Not just drinks, she can't stop asking him about his request. "'Would you like me to get you some cheese?'" "'If you're too tired to eat out, there's plenty of meat and stuff in the freezer, and you can have it right here and not even move out of the chair.'" These action seems usual and...
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