To what extent (degree) is Mary a responsible housewife?
Mary is a content, loving and devoted wife and is six months pregnant and happy to be so. “Now and 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.” The statement “without anxiety” demonstrates her contentment. The statement “please herself” to “when he would come” demonstrates the love and devotion she has as she is eagerly awaiting the return of her husband from work. It states “The drop of the head as she bent over her sewing was curiously tranquil. Her skin - for this was her six month with child – had acquired a wonderful translucent quality”. The use of the word “tranquil” and “wonderful” portray she was thriving on her pregnancy and had no anxieties. It later states “For her, this was always a blissful time of day”. The use of “blissful” shows demonstrates the full extent of her contentment. Despite being pregnant, she hurries to greet when he reaches home and very enthusiastic about serving him. Like or middle class, ideal of a young mid-twentieth-century housewife, maintaining a tidy home and catering to her husband; pouring drinks when the man finishes his day is a gesture that comes from movies and magazines of the day. This shows that she was loyal to her husband. Betrayal as a theme in lamb to the slaughter?
Patrick Maloney's unexplained decision to leave his pregnant wife. This violation of the marriage-vow is obviously not the only betrayal in the story. However, Mary's killing of her husband is perhaps the ultimate betrayal. Her elaborately planned alibi and convincing lies to the detectives also constitute betrayal. Betrayed her unborn child by killing his/her father. Policeman got betrayal by Mary as they did not suspect her and willingly ate up the evidence because they trusted her. Sam also got betrayed by her which she made use of him as her alibi by...
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