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

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

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

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.

Middle

"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.

Conclusion

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.

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. Both Lamb to the slaughter and the Speckled Band share some characteristics of murder ...

    This is the way in which Victorians would have thought of females and victims, and is still stereotypical today. Julia Stoner did fall victim to the murderer and is described as having been ' "but thirty at the time of her death , and yet her hair had already begun to whiten" '.

  2. Detective Fiction comparison 'Lamb to the Slaughter' & 'The Red Headed League'.

    The reader cannot truly feel involved in the story, and as the narrator is omniscient and the crime is described when it takes place, it is written in present tense, there is no thinking to do whatsoever about who the murderer is and the crime itself.

  1. Both 'Lamb to the Slaughter' and 'The Speckled Band' share some of the characteristics ...

    Like when she goes to the grocers to get her vegetables to cook. She acts very normal and we would expect her shake a little at least, as he just killed her husband. The most funny place is when all the police officers eat up the leg of lamb.

  2. 'Lamb to the Slaughter' and 'The Speckled Band' are both murder mysteries. They have ...

    All of these were things they should've done. The things which they did do which they shouldn't have done were discussing the crime in front of and with Mary and eating and drinking. The investigation was very inadequate and she could hear them speaking among themselves, their voices "thick and sloppy."

  1. Both "Lamb to the slaughter" and "The Speckled Band" shares some of the characteristics ...

    It also gives a more serious feel to the story. Since the stories were written in different centuries, the styles of writing are very different. Although, the way both stories are written reflect attitudes and society at the point at which they were written.

  2. Both "Lamb to the Slaughter" and "The Speckled Band" share some characteristics of murder ...

    Normally a blacksmith would be one of the strongest men in the village but he was no match for the immense strength of Dr Roylott. I think he is mentally disturbed because he has been to prison and in court on a number of occasions and doesn't seem to learn his lesson.

  1. Compare and contrast the way the writer's depict relationships between men and women in ...

    and he visits her house for his constructed alibi: "this is perfectly marvellous. You with a drink and a cigarette." This shows Mrs Barrows giving her response when Mr Martin had visited her house and had broken his routine for his alibi by doing something would never do- he was normal.

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

    Although, perhaps the author is indecisive about this character which is why he shows her good and bad sides to give the reader a fair chance to decide what their opinion is towards her although he is probably more

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