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Compare and Contrast 'Lamb to the Slaughter and 'The Speckled Band'

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Compare and Contrast 'Lamb to the Slaughter and 'The Speckled Band' 'Lamb to the Slaughter' and 'The Speckled Band' are both written is separate eras and cultures, and these differences are reflected in the way the authors use language, structure and moral techniques in their stories. How ever, there are some similarities in these stories as both are of the thriller genre. The story 'Lamb to the Slaughter' is about a husband and a wife whose relationship comes to a sudden halt. The sweet innocent wife Mary Maloney kills Mr. Maloney due to that he wants to divorce her. Mary becomes very shocked and confused and kills Mr. Mahoney with a Leg of Lamb. Mary produces an act to hide herself from the murder. The police do not realise this and she gets away. The story 'The Speckled Band' is not very different to 'Lamb to the Slaughter' but it has some differences. The story is about a Detective who finds himself and his partner trying to work out a case of murder. Dr. Roylott is the person who is suspected of being the guilty one but in the end he gets killed himself. 'The Speckled Band' is set in Victorian England. This was a time when England was a terrible place to live. ...read more.

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His motive for trying to kill Miss Helen Stoner was over money. His deceased wife left money for her daughters, but if they die he would receive the money. Dr. Roylott is portrayed as a usual 19th Century villain, evil, short tempered, and devious. In a lot of Victorian detective stories the villain is represented the same way as Dr. Roylott in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's story. Dr. Roylott is shown to look very evil very much in his face "his high, thin, fleshless nose, gave him somewhat the resemblance to a fierce old bird of prey". The victim in 'Lamb to the Slaughter' is Patrick Maloney. He was married to Mary Maloney. He was killed when Mary Maloney hit him over the head with a leg of lamb. We do not know a lot about Patrick only that we know that he works at the local Police station. In the 'Speckled Band' the victim is Miss Helen Stoner. When we first see her in the story she was wearing black, veiled and grey haired. She was shivering and terrified "we could see that she was indeed in a pitiable state of agitation, her face all drawn and grey, with a restless frightened eyes, like of those of some hunted animal", "the lady gave a violent start", "It is fear, Mr Holmes. ...read more.

Conclusion

' Lamb to the Slaughter' is different in the story line but it is basically the same structure as 'The Speckled Band'. The story 'The Speckled Band' uses very Formal language, late 19th Century England language and phrases " Very sorry to knock you up, Watson". The story ' Lamb to the Slaughter' in comparison to 'The Speckled Band' uses more modern, 20th Century language techniques "Darling shall I get your slippers?" The language also helps the story itself, it helps with the telling of the murder, making it more unexpected. The story includes two major plot twists; the first being the murder itself, made unexpected by what has been described of Mary Maloney's character in the language techniques. The setting, and the form the murder weapon takes among other things. The second plot twist is at the end, where the detectives eat the murder weapon. This is all due to these language techniques. The moral message in 'The Speckled Band' is of an old 19th Century storyline 'Good always wins over evil'. In contrast to 'Lambs to the Slaughter' the moral message is very different. 'Lambs to the Slaughter' however uses a Modern Moral code. 'Crime does pay' in 'Lambs to the Slaughter'. However. It is clear that 'The Speckled Band reinforces 19th Century morality 'crime doesn't pay'. In comparison the stories use very different language techniques, moral code and settings. This helps the stories have different storylines and endings due to them being written in very different times. ...read more.

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