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Both "Lamb to the Slaughter" and "The Speckled Band" share some of the characteristics of Murder Mysteries. Explain the similarities and differences between the two stories and say which story you think is more compelling to read.

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Both "Lamb to the Slaughter" and "The Speckled Band" share some of the characteristics of Murder Mysteries. Explain the similarities and differences between the two stories and say which story you think is more compelling to read. "The Speckled Band" and "Lamb to the Slaughter" were both written as murder mysteries, but were both written at different times. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote "The Speckled Band" in 1892 whilst Roald Dahl wrote "Lamb to the Slaughter" in 1954. The language in "The Speckled Band" gives away the fact that it, although modern was written over 100 years ago. "The Speckled Band" is about a lady who wishes to find the truth behind the death of her sister two years ago and seeks help from a recommended detective aptly named Sherlock Holmes. "Lamb to the Slaughter" is about a woman who violently kills her husband one evening and of the investigation on her husband's death. "The Speckled Band" opens with Dr Watson explaining that he had been flicking through his notes when he came across the case of the Roylotts at Stoke Moran and how he can only tell this story now as the woman that swore him to secrecy has now died. ...read more.

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the attributes a successful Murderer should have but he is unsuccessful in his task as Holmes thwarts his plans by scaring his snake back to him and biting him in anger. In Lamb to the Slaughter we find at the start that Mary Malone is known as weak, well organised, devoted to her husband and that she pays a lot of attention to detail. We find that Mary Malone has the motive that she has just found out that her husband is going to leave her for another woman. She is not a woman that would be associated with such a crime. Dr Roylott is a more stereotypical Villain then Mary Malone. I don't think that Conan Doyle's audience would of reacted much with the idea with the fact that a woman could be capable of such a thing as in those times it was still very sexist and women would not of had the power to do something like that. 'The Speckled Band' is set in the late 1800's and in the countryside in England. This is a classic setting for traditional detective stories. Whilst 'The Lamb to the slaughter is set in the mid 1900's and is also set in England. ...read more.

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The Title 'The Speckled Band' is brought from the snake at the end, which was yellow with brown sports. The Title 'Lamb to the Slaughter' is used because Mary Malone uses a lamb chop to kill her husband. This is conveniently used as a lamb to the slaughter actually means a lamb that is being taken to be killed. 'The Speckled Band' ends with Sherlock Holmes solving the mystery, and explaining how he came to this conclusion. 'Lamb to the Slaughter' ends with the detectives eating the lamb chop that Mary Malone killed her husband with. Personally I feel that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's style of writing is better because I like having clues and trying to figure out endings myself. But as to which story is more compelling it depends on the person who is reading them. To conclude the two stories have several differences. These are that in the 1800's the detectives were almost superhuman and could figure out almost anything whilst the 1900's detectives shown humanistic flaws. Also the way that the people talk is very different and the fact that the woman was the woman who killed her husband would not be a possible story at those times as women were not thought of being capable of doing things like that at that time. These make both of the stories compelling to read in their own ways. Karl Buckroyd ...read more.

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