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Compare and Contrast the two short stories Lamb to the slaughter(1954) and The Adventure of the Speckled Band (1892).

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Compare and Contrast the two short stories Lamb to the slaughter(1954) and The Adventure of the Speckled Band(1892) 'Lamb to the Slaughter' was written by Roald Dahl in 1954. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote 'The Speckled Band' in 1892. His stories are about the famous detective Sherlock Holmes. Before readings this story I knew that Sherlock Holmes was a famous detective working with fellow college Doctor Watson and Scotland Yard. 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 started to suspect something was wrong when quoted "on the evening of his death Patrick Maloney did an unusual thing. He finished his drink very quickly and then poured himself out another very strong one." Another clue that may suggest that something is wrong is that he takes a long time to reply to his wife "he didn't answer", "Her eyes waited on him for an answer, a smile, a little nod, but he made no sign." "He had finished the second drink and was staring down into the glass, frowning." 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. ...read more.

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The most exciting part of 'Lamb to the Slaughter' was when Mary Maloney hit her husband over the head with a leg of lamb "At that point, Mary Maloney simply walked up behind him and without and pause she swung the big frozen leg of lamb on the air and brought it down as hard as she could on the back of his head." The part which made me carry on reading the story was when Patrick Maloney was going to tell Mary the bad news "This is going to be a bit of a shock to you, I'm afraid' he said 'but I've thought about it a good deal and I've decided the only thing to do is to tell you right away. I hope you won't blame me too much." The most exciting part of 'The Speckled Band' was when the snake killed Doctor Grimsbey Roylott. "His chin was cocked upwards, and his eyes were fixed in a dreadful rigid stare at the corner of the ceiling. Round his brow he had a peculiar yellow band, with brownish speckles, which seemed to be bound tightly round his head. As we entered he made neither sound nor movement." Another part, which made me want to read on, was when Doctor Roylott followed Miss Helen Stoner to Sherlock Holmes office "Don't you dare meddle with my affairs. ...read more.

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"The bedrooms in this wing are on the ground floor, the sitting-rooms being in the central block of the building", describes the house of Dr Roylott in The Speckled Band. From my perspective I think that the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle story, The Speckled Band is the most successful out of the two, as the author made the main character, Sherlock Holmes such an intriguing and interesting character, who draws the audience in. He leaves the reader in suspense until the end of the story until the murderer is revealed. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories are so well-know due to the stories being turned into films and shown on the television. There are many more differences than similarities between the two stories. I think this is because the writers are two very different people and they have different backgrounds, Roald Dahl mostly wrote for children and that perhaps it is very light hearted the way that he has pops at the detectives, but Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a doctor and knew all the medical views of the cases which makes his books more real and perhaps he had a more of a respect towards the police than Roald Dahl did. The stories are different because of the time they were written, Roald Dahl wrote about a women killing her husband and that may have been less common in 1892 and that Is why Conan Doyle wrote about the women being a victim and her stepfather killing the girls. ...read more.

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