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Compare and Contrast 'Lamb To the Slaughter' with 'The Speckled Band' with close reference to the generic conventions of detective fiction. Which story do you prefer and why?

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Compare and Contrast 'Lamb To the Slaughter' with 'The Speckled Band' with close reference to the generic conventions of detective fiction. Which story do you prefer and why? In this essay I will be comparing and contrasting Roald Dhal's 'Lamb To the Slaughter' with 'The Speckled Band' with close reference to the generic conventions of detective fiction. When reading the two short stories I noticed that in the 'Lamb to the Slaughter' the story was being told by a narrator and we were following the story through Mary Maloney�s eyes and how she feels, In 'The Speckled Band' the story was being told by doctor Watson and how he feels about Sherlock Holmes, the case and also he added what he thought might of happened. Also 'The Speckled Band' seems to be a true Murder Mystery because we don't know who killed Helen's sister so it is a mystery to us as well as the characters and that adds suspense to the story and also is more interesting as we try to work out who is the murderer and how they killed the person, but in 'Lamb to the Slaughter' we knew that Mary killed her husband and the only suspense was if the detectives will work out that Mary killed him. ...read more.

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I think Roald Dahl does this to make it seem out of the ordinary when Patrick Maloney did not want to go out to supper on a Thursday. This would make us think something is about to happen what does not usually happen, Roald Dahl is very clever by the way he doesn't tell us what Mr Maloney told Mrs Maloney this adds a little suspense to the story by making the readers wonder what Patrick could have done so bad that would make her want to kill her husband, Mary tries to carry on as normal after finding out the news, The murder was unplanned as she acted on the moment, this was different to the murder in 'The Speckled Band' as that took years of planning. The planning of the murder and attempted murder involved the placing of the air vent and the fake bell pull and bolting down the bed to the floor, Also Dr Roylott had to train the snake to do as he wanted and to make sure that the snake would not bite him. There is one similarity between the two murderers they are both very clever, they both knew what they had to do to cover ...read more.

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room where the murder took place without any one watching her where she could have done anything in there, and eating the meat which was the weapon. " Probably right under our very noses. What you think, Jack?" In 'The Speckled Band' the detectives are described differently, Sherlock Holmes is put across to us a very smart and clever man. "I observe the second half of a return ticket in the palm of your left glove" I think he is described that way to us because Watson is telling the story and this affects our view of him. The writer wants us to think that Sherlock and Watson are a good team and that they can handle any case together. There are many more differences than similarities between the two stories. I liked reading both of these murder mysteries, but 'Lamb to the Slaughter' was the best because Roald Dhal makes the detectives seem unprofessional and he doesn't make them suspect Mary Maloney. I would like to read another part of this if there was, to see who the detectives suspect and if they find the weapon because they ate the weapon that was used to kill Mr Maloney, the leg of lamb. ...read more.

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