• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

“Lamb to the Slaughter” and “The Speckled Band”

Extracts from this document...


Murder Mysteries "Lamb to the Slaughter" and "The Speckled Band" Both story titles are play on words, which are where the stories have nothing to do with the titles. Like in "Lamb to the Slaughter" you would think about a lamb getting slaughtered but it has nothing to do with a lamb getting killed. In "The Speckled Band" you would think of a band of people. The setting at the beginning of "Lamb to the Slaughter" is very cosy the lady is sat next to a warm fire waiting for her husband to come home. She is knitting and she has got a fresh glass of whisky with fresh ice cubes in it for her husband. The setting at the beginning of "The Speckled Band" is very gloomy and the house is a typical horror story house its shaped like a crab. ...read more.


The cleverest part is where she persuades the detectives to eat the lamb what she killed her husband with. In the "The Speckled Band" the villain is very obvious because he is very nasty to people. When the story was set gypsies were thought to be evil people and if you associate with them that means you must be evil and the villain had gypsies living on his land. The woman in "Lamb to the Slaughter" starts of to be a nice woman then when her husband tells her that he is leaving her she becomes very aggressive. She kills her husband with a frozen lamb and then when the police are eating the lamb she is sat in her chair laughing about it. The women are very gentle and innocent in "The Speckled Band" they cannot defend themselves so they need a man to do it. ...read more.


In "Lamb to the Slaughter" the woman who kills her husband is the only character that changes her personality. At the beginning she is really nice and looking forward to her husband coming home then when he tells her that he is leaving her she is calm. Then she just hits him over the head with a frozen lamb. In "The Speckled Band" the characters have the same personality all the way through the story. The villain gets away with the murder in "Lamb to the Slaughter" because she persuades the police to eat the murder weapon. The villain in "The Speckled Band" finds out that he can't out wit Sherlock Holmes because he is too clever and he makes the snake go away then the snake kills the doctor and Sherlock Holmes has solved the mystery. Jamie Wilkes 26/04/2007 Page 1 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Roald Dahl section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Roald Dahl essays

  1. Discuss the extent to which the characters and setting in 'Lamb to the Slaughter' ...

    This is shown in his appearance, 'A large face, seared with a thousand wrinkles...fierce old bird of prey'. It is suggested to the reader that he is quite low-down, and therefore a likely villain, and fierce by his comparison to an animal.

  2. Both “Lamb To The Slaughter” and “The Speckled Band” share some of the characteristics ...

    Also "The Speckled Band" seems to be a typical murder mystery of the phrase "who done it?" As we do not find out who killed Helen Molony's sister until the end of the story. Not knowing who the killer is, adds to the suspense of the story and is more

  1. How typical of the murder mystery story is “The Speckled Band” by Sir Arthur ...

    written in a narrative with the reader 'observing' the background and the actions, but much more modern words are used and are broken up into smaller sentences by the use of more comas and full stops. Both stories start in the classic detective story way.

  2. Roald Dahl – “Lamb to the Slaughter” and Arthur Conan Doyle – “The Speckled ...

    "The Speckled Band" begins as explained earlier on, when Miss Helen Stoner comes to Sherlock Holmes, a famous private detective, who lives in Baker Street, London, to seek help regarding her sister Julia Stoner's death. Although the story is written in a third persons perspective, that person is Dr.

  1. Comparison of “Lamb to the Slaughter” and“The Adventure of the Speckled Band”detective stories.

    It all seems very warm and cosy, and you also get the impression that Mrs Maloney is very much in love with her husband. "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 to the time he would come."

  2. Discuss the extent to which the characters and setting in Lambs to the Slaughter ...

    stereotypical victim dominated by males, thus emphasised by the way her sister and herself were pushed around by Dr Roylott for so many years in such solemn isolation. The two sisters 'did all the work of the house ' and 'were little likely to se anyone of their own age or position' (pg.156)

  1. Compare the murder mysteries of “A Lamb To A Slaughter” and “The Speckled Band”

    She was married to the victim Patrick Maloney. Mary Maloney was pregnant and looked beautiful "Her skin...for this was her sixth month with a child...had acquired a wonderful translucent quality, the mouth was soft and the eyes, with their placid look, seemed larger, darker than before."

  2. Both “Lamb to the Slaughter” and “The Adventures of the Speckled Band” share some ...

    He is the most suspected murderer (among the audience) because SB possesses the genre of such: a murderer who is violent, strong and has a constantly bad temper. Daniel Leigh 11Saul English Coursework His motive to kill is of greed (for money).

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work