Lamb to the Slaughter By Roald Dahl

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Lamb to the Slaughter By Roald Dahl

In Roald Dahl’s short story “Lamb to the slaughter,” the behaviour of

the characters makes us shiver.

The story starts off with Mary Maloney‘s husband walking in from work

and sitting down in the armchair. She then made him a drink and asked

him he was tired. She then asked him if he wanted supper but he said

no. later he said he had something important to say and for a few

moments she stood shocked. She went to get the supper out any way but

when she came back up he was standing next to the window, she then

smacked him round the back of the head smashing his scull. She acted

normally as not arouse suspicion. She went to the shop and then went

home and called the police. They came round and investigated the crime

scene, and looked for the murder weapon. Mary offered the lamb to the

police officers to eat and they did and by doing so eating the only

bit of evidence proving it was her.

At first we see Mary Maloney as a gentle, loving person but we later

find out she is capable of murder. We don’t like thinking that we are

a bad judge of character but this is the way Roald Dahl wanted. Roald

Dahl writes nearly all his stories with a twist in them. He has a

particular style of writing that lulls the reader to think one thing

but to later twist that belief.

My first impression of Mary Maloney was a happy woman with a lovely

husband. “Mary Maloney was waiting for her husband to come him from

work.” and “…went forward to kiss him as he came in”. These lines to

me show her as a typical wife waiting for her husband to come home and

to give her the love and attention she needs. Her personality is quite

lovely one at first. She waited, looking at the clock to see how long ...

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too much.” He is not as cruel as I I first though but that’s a theme

all the way through the story, not being like we first thought.

After I read the story I felt hat the title was quite appropriate

because the way she killed him was rather cruel. She comes up behind

him with him having no idea she has the large piece of lamb in her

hands and hits him and ultimately kills him. He was like a lamb, weak

and innocent. Well he wasn’t innocent as such but he could have sorted

that out after he had the discussion.

In Conclusion, the behavior of Mary Maloney made me shiver because I

had misjudged her right from the beginning and did not realise what

she was capable of. I think Roald Dahl has written this story in a

magnificent way. He captures the reader and wants them to carry on to

the very end. He is no doubt one of the best writers of all time.
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