Lamb To The Slaughter By Roald Dahl

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The story Lamb to the Slaughter by Roald Dahl demonstrates the main theme that overlooking the potential of a person that appears to be feeble can put you in a tough situation, so a person should not be too quick to judge another based off what they seem at first glance. In the short story, Roald Dahl uses character description, symbolism, and dramatic iron to convey this theme to the reader. Firstly, the main character in the story, Mary, is described as a mother-to-be: “This was her sixth month expecting a child.” (paragraph 2, pg. 1), and she is a woman who caters to her husband as demonstrated in the text “She took his coat and hung it up. Then she made the drinks, a strong one for him and a weak one for herself…” (paragraph 5, pg. 1) This line shows that she routinely takes care of her husband like any stay-at-home woman would. The author portrays her as your average stay-at-home mom, which make the reader think that she is innocent, frail, and could do no harm. But, as the story continues, she turns out to be the one who kills her husband with a lamb leg and strategically creates an alibi for…show more content…
Towards the end of the story, after her husband is dead and she called the police after she ‘found him dead’, the detectives search the house trying to find the killer totally overlooking any possibility that the killer could be Mary. As proven in the following quote from the text, the detectives assume that the killer is a strong man, when in fact Mary is the true killer. “Whoever did it, he can’t carry a weapon that big around with him.” (paragraph 68, pg. 4) This assumption leads them to eventually eat the leg lamb Mary used to kill her husband. This is an example of dramatic irony because the reader knows who the true killer is while the characters in the story don't and overlook the actual killer, which proves that people often wrongly overlook possibilities due to previous
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