Lamb To The Slaughter By Roald Dahl

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In the short story “Lamb to the Slaughter” by Roald Dahl, a housewife named Mary Maloney exerted all of her fury onto her husband and created a deceptive case for the police officers to solve. It was the 1950s and Patrick, Mary’s husband, arrived home after work one day—looking exhausted and weary. He spoke little upon entering their home and immediately drank a tall glass of alcohol. Mary repeatedly asked her husband if they should cancel their dinner plans and stay home for supper, but he responded by telling her he wanted to leave her and become divorced. Mary, acting oblivious to the fact that her husband was in love with someone else, proceeded to go out to the freezer and took out a large, frozen leg of lamb. After bringing the leg inside, …show more content…

He stood there swaying for a few seconds, until he eventually collapsed on the floor. Mary realized that she just killed her husband and stood there shocked for several moments. When she regained her composure, she formed a plan to cover up the murder. After placing the still hard leg of lamb in the oven, Mary went out to the local grocery store and purchased potatoes, peas, and cheesecake. In front of the grocer, Sam, she acted as if nothing had happened at her house. She behaved as if it were just a normal day. When she returned home, she pretended to find her husband lying on the floor and called the police. Mary wrecked the scene and tried to make it look as if someone had broken into the house prior to their arrival. Soon after that, the police were at her house and questioned her about her husband and how she found him upon walking inside the door. The officers examined the area in addition to Patrick’s corpse. Determining that he was killed by a blow to the head from a large, heavy object, they asked Mrs. Maloney if there were any objects fitting that description in the house. She replied that there were no objects similar to that in the

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