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Compare ‘The Speckled band’ and the ‘Lamb to the Slaughter’ referring to the structure, language and characterisation. In what ways are the stories typical or not typical of the murder mystery genre?

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Compare 'The Speckled band' and the 'Lamb to the Slaughter' referring to the structure, language and characterisation. In what ways are the stories typical or not typical of the Murder mystery genre? In this essay I will be showing in what ways the stories are typical or not of the murder mystery genre. I will be doing this by stating, a typical villain, victim, detective, setting, tone and language. I will then go on to say weather or not the stories are typical of the murder mystery genre Arthur Conan Doyle wrote The Speckled Band, and Roald Dahl wrote The Lamb to the Slaughter. The Speckled Band was written in the 1880's during the Victorian times. This was a time when crime and prostitution was rife on the streets. Big cities like London where very dirty and filed with pollution from the big factories overlooking the city. The Lamb to the Slaughter was written in the 1950's, this was a time when women where viewed as house wives and did not play a main role in society. In The Lamb to the Slaughter the victim is Mr Patrick Maloney we don't learn of his death until about half way through the story. But right from the point of his death it is apparent how he dies. It is his unsuspected wife Mary Maloney, who kills him by striking on the back of the head with a frozen leg of lamb. ...read more.


His wife leaves the family �1000 a month providing that the girls are un-married. The strange happenings begin to start when Julia went away "...at Christmas two years ago, and met there a half-pay Major of the Marines, to whom she became engaged. My stepfather learned of the engagement when my sister returned, and offered no objection to the marriage; but within a fortnight of the day, which had been fixed for the wedding, the terrible event occurred..." this gives us a brief description about the events leading up to the death of Julia. One of the prime motives for Dr Roylott would be that if this sep-daughter got married then he would looses �250 of the �1000 per month inheritance. We then learn that due to the fall in agricultural price the inheritance was now no more than �750 per month. In the event of marriage each daughter can clam �250 per month of the inheritance. This would be a prime motive for Dr Roylott killing Julia, it would leave him with a substantial amount more of money that what he would be left with if Julia were to marry. Mary Maloney's motive for murdering her husband was because he has told her he would be leaving her for someone else, "Of course I'll give you money and see you're looked after. ...read more.


He does this by spotting all the clues "My attention was speedily drawn...to this ventilator, and to the ropes which hung down to the bed. The discovery that this was a dummy and that the bed was clamped to the floor, instantly gave rise to suspicion that the rope was there as a bridge for something passing through the hole and coming to the bed. The idea of a snake instantly occurred to me. Initially I had an idea that Dr Roylott had something to do with the murder." But after, when Sherlock Holmes revealed it couldn't be him I had a suspicion that it was an animal because there was a cheetah and a baboon in the house. Sherlock Holmes is a good detective because he is very observant and picks up on clues very quickly. He also thinks very logically. Most murder mysteries have the typical victims, murderers, and detectives; this is especially true in the older murder mysteries by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The Speckled Band has a typical detective, the famous detective being Sherlock Holmes with his deer stalker hat and pipe always deep in thought about the investigation "his arms folded, his hat pulled down over his eyes, and his chin sunk upon his breast, buried in the deepest thought". But in the Lamb to the Slaughter the detectives are so foolish and naives, a complete contrast to Sherlock Holmes. Sherlock Holmes comes across as a typical fictional detective. ?? ?? ?? ?? Matthew Lane. ...read more.

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