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Both Mary Maloney and Dr Roylott are clever about the ways they hide the evidence. Why does Mary Maloney get away with it and Dr Roylott does not?

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Both Mary Maloney and Dr Roylott are clever about the ways they hide the evidence. Why does Mary Maloney get away with it and Dr Roylott does not? Having investigated the detective genre throughout two crime fiction stories, I have decided to compare 'Lamb to the Slaughter' and 'The Speckled Band' Both stories are classed as crime fiction, being a story made up about people or events in a criminal situation. They both fit into the genre of crime fiction because they tell of people and crimes which have not occurred. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote 'The Speckled Band' in 1892 whereas Roald Dahl wrote 'Lamb to the Slaughter' in 1954. In each of the stories the times in which they where written are reflected throughout. For example, the language used in 'The Speckled Band' is archaic compared to the language used in 'The Lamb to the Slaughter' which reflects the more modern times in which it was written. 'The Speckled Band' tells of the love of two sisters towards each other and of the hatred of both sisters towards their stepfather. It explains how one sister pleads for the help of Sherlock Holmes and his colleague Compared to 'The Speckled Band' we find that ...read more.

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As Julia was due to be married off the father would have to give Julia the money, which the mother had left. I understand that Julia was killed in such an evil way as an act of selfishness by Dr Roylott to keep the �250 for himself. In comparison to Mary Maloneys Character is warm, loving and devoted to her husband. From the impression we get of her, we see that she is also very dependent on her husband. The reason for this being she does not have to proceed to work and the only income is from her husband, and the highlight of her day is on the arrival of her husband Patrick. As an act of hatred, (for which Mary was not known for) she very cleverly kills her husband. On the night in question, Mary awaits her husband to arrive home from work, when he arrives, he tells her the disturbing news that he is going to leave her. We are not told the reason for him leaving her, however Mary does not show any reaction or emotion until she awaits the moment, when she viciously attacks her husband with the frozen 'Leg of Lamb' which was meant for the couples supper. ...read more.

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My reason being that if he was well respected Mary wouldn't have even thought of offering the evidence to him because he would find out some hoe that it was her therefore he is not very clever because he idiotically took the evidence and ate it, whereas if it were Sherlock he would have realised that it was the evidence being offered to him. In conclusion, after reading both the stories I find that to a younger audience such as myself that 'Lamb to the Slaughter' is more appealing. The reason for this opinion is because it is more of an amusing story compared to 'The Speckled Band'; it is also written in a more familiar style. I believe this story is aimed at more of a mature audience. The story is great for readers who at the time the story was written had no T.Vs therefore wanted to be entertained in great detail with what they read. Whereas in 'Lamb to the Slaughter' provokes more of a humorous case. In the 'Speckled Band' I find I am left wandering throughout the story who or what killed Julia?' In comparison with 'Lamb to the Slaughter' I am told early on in the story who it was that killed Patrick. Overall, I find both stories very intriguing. ...read more.

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