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A Detailed Comparison Of two Murder mysteries "Lamb to the Slaughter" by R.Dahl and "The Speckled Band" by A.Doyle.

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A Detailed Comparison Of two Murder mysteries "Lamb to the Slaughter" by R.Dahl and "The Speckled Band" by A.Doyle "Lamb to the Slaughter" and "The Speckled Band" are both Crime and Detection stories. But the two stories have their differences and similarities. In this essay I will compare the two stories about their approach to the narration, setting, characters, crime and their ending. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born in 1859 and died in 1930, he was a trained doctor. "The Speckled Band" was one of the many short stories written by Doyle featuring Sherlock Holmes and his friend and companion Dr. Watson. Of all the stories in 'the adventures of Sherlock Holmes' "The speckled Band" is probably, the one that most successfully combines all the quality's of a classic detective story. ...read more.

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"Lamb to the Slaughter" was written around 62 years after "The Speckled Band", which makes it more of a modern day detective story. Roald Dahl makes parts of the story unexpected, as people are not who they appear to be. For example, Mary Maloney is not a friendly widow, but a clever murderess. In his stories, the background is perfectly worked out with great detail. 'The Speckled Band' is written in first person from the point of view of Dr. Watson, Sherlock Holmes' sidekick. This makes the story more suspense and realistic as Dr. Watson is a normal man, much like the reader, which helps the reader view how different Sherlock Holmes looks at things. The main frame of the story is a lady called Helen Stoner who is worried about her life and comes to Sherlock for help and advice. ...read more.

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She has everything ready for her husband, whom she loves very much and has everything set out for him. In 'Lamb to the Slaughter' there is a 'third person' narrator. This gives an objective view and not a character perspective. Roald Dahl gives no clue of what is about to happen further on in the story. This story is more like a modern day crime and the murder is the result of emotional feelings whereas "The Speckled Band is classic detective story and the objective of the murderer is money. The Speckled Band has the right elements for a superior detective fiction story. The components that have been finely placed into the story are an excellent start. The opening starts with Sherlock waking up to his travel companion Watson and explaining that he is required as a client is troubled. From the very start we notice that Sherlock Holmes is very down to earth as he speaks with a very slow tone We also notice that he is very observant ...read more.

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