Comparing the Way in Which Helen Stoner and Mary Maloney are Treated in The Speckled Band and Lamb to Slaughter

Comparing the Way in Which Helen Stoner and Mary Maloney are Treated in The Speckled Band and Lamb to Slaughter

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Comparing the Way in Which Helen Stoner and Mary Maloney are Treated in The Speckled Band and Lamb to Slaughter

This essay will consist of a study of the short story, ‘The Speckled
Band’ by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle written in 1292. Short stories are
condensed fictional narratives, which have been popular since the
nineteenth century and still remain so today. They typically concern
a relatively small number of characters involved in a single event or
situation. There is usually only one thermatic focus, aimed at
provoking a single emotional response from the reader. Short stories
may be created or written for magazine articles but have also
developed into a real significant work of prose fiction. The dialogue
is used very carefully in a short story due to a lack of space for
extended development of conversation and narrative. The length of
short stories vary.

The two story I will be looking at is from the murder mystery genre.
This is a category in itself. Murder mysteries hold certain
connotations that we constantly associate with the genre, for example,
a detective, a victim, a culprit and often believers. The narrative
is often concentrated around an investigation, but may offer a variety
of view points i.e. from the detectives point view, from the victims
point of view, or from the murderers point of view.

Due to the different times that the two stories, I have been asked to
analyse, were written in the demands of society would be totally
different, causing actions and responses to be different. The 1800’s
expressed a repressed society for women. Their lives were limited and
activities often had to be supervised by,...


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... at the two stories, ‘Lamb to Slaughter’ and ‘The Speckled
Band’, it has come to me a lot clearer, the changes between the ways
in which people lived in different societies and behaved in different
times. Their, behaviour and language, also speech, has dramatically
changed over time. It also shows us how similar people are and the
way they still cling to hope and react in different situations.

I personally like ‘Lamb to Slaughter’. I think this is because it
suits my age better and I can relate to the period more. I feel that
‘Speckled Band’ was written for older people as it contains complex
language and a more detailed narrative to follow. The language in
Roald Dahl’s story was in my opinion , more open and the narrative was
clear. Although both stories had their assets, my preference was
‘Lamb to Slaughter’.

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