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Both Lamb to the Slaughter and The Speckled Band share some characteristics of murder mysteries. What are the similarities and differences between the two stories?

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Both Lamb to the Slaughter and The Speckled Band share some characteristics of murder mysteries. What are the similarities and differences between the two stories? Lamb to the Slaughter and The Speckled Band are both stories written in the murder mystery genre but have different styles of writing which stem from the period that they were written in. One was written in 1892 and the other in 1954, this is a fifty-two year difference which accounts for most of the difference in language because many things, including language, changed in that time period, where as in the forty-eight year difference between now and when Lamb to the Slaughter was written much less has changed in the way of language and life style so it sounds much more familiar. The Speckled Band was written in 1892 by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and contained the famous detective Sherlock Holmes. In contrast Lamb to the Slaughter was written in 1954 by Roald Dahl, who is well known for his children books, and contains a housewife as a murderer. ...read more.

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Also the method of murder in the two stories is very different, The Speckled Band is very in keeping with previous Holm stories because it has an unusual, mysterious way of murder, but in Lamb to the Slaughter, the murder is very bland compared to The Speckled Band, it is much less mysterious and is straight forward, also in The Speckled Band there are many things thrown in to distract you and to add even more mystery like reading about Doctor Roylotts violent past and his time in jail, also the way the phrase "speckled band" is misinterpreted by Holmes, especially when you here about the gypsies on the estate, and you find no apparent way of murder in the story which also puts you off, and although you know Roylott has exotic animals you do not know he has a snake with him. Another factor that changes the stories is that The Speckled Band was a serialized story, sold in a magazine once a month so they had to add an aspect of mystery to each part of the story. ...read more.

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normally, until after she gets the pudding from the shop, then it is apparent that she has realized what she has done and becomes hysterical. The point that this story hinges on is the ironical event that happens at the end, whilst the police are searching for the murder weapon Mrs. Maloney insists that they eat the leg of lamb, this is the murder weapon, which had been cooking. And whilst they were eating it they were talking about how easy it should be to find the murder weapon as it must be so big they will not miss it, so whilst they are talking about finding the weapon they are getting rid of it for her. In The Speckled Band there is one point that the makes the story, this is that that there is a very well developed plot through out the story, there is a great deal of detail and many aspects of mystery that develop through out, and tied together these give the story a very solid basis to build on. Carwyn Morris ...read more.

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