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Compare and contrast two murder mystery stories to assess how typical they are of their genre paying close attention to plot setting, character and language - Lamb to Slaughter by Roald Dahl and A Speckled Band by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

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Murder Mysteries Warrington, Birchwood CHS Wider Reading Essay Compare and contrast two murder mystery stories to assess how typical they are of their genre paying close attention to plot setting, character and language. The first story that we read was "Lamb to Slaughter" and it was written by Roald Dahl. The story that I expected Roald Dahl to write was a child's fiction and therefore the story wasn't very gruesome. My first impressions of this story were that I thought that it was going to be a children's murder mystery and it wasn't going to be very gory or scary and it would have simple vocabulary. The second story that we read was "A Speckled Band" and the writer was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. This story was written for the Victorians and I think this affected the story in a big way. This is because the Victorians were very strict and if it were a murder mystery they would want the murderer to be caught and punished. Some of the popular murder mysteries are BOOKS: An Inspector Calls, The Ruth Rendall Mysteries: TV PROGRAMMES: Inspector Morse and Jack Frost. ...read more.

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They're always dependent and feeble and they always do a stupid thing that puts their life at risk. The murderer is normally cunning, clever and are either very hot tempered or very calm. They're normally male and their motive is normally money. They're always close to the victim (linked) and they are premeditated rather than an impulsive murderer. The language in a typical murder mystery is probably going to be complicated language in most stories. Its normally technical language and they sometimes use descriptive language. They use all of these to help build up tension. "The Speckled Band" is about a murderer called Dr Roylett, a keeper of foreign animals. He gets an exon snake, to kill his stepdaughters so they don't take his money when they get married. The "Speckled Band" is a typical murder mystery and this is because you expect to find these things in the plot and because the murder always happens at the start. The detective always knows more than he lets on. The writer does this so he can create tension and it keeps the reader interested. ...read more.

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The victim is a very strong, clever male who you wouldn't expect to be killed. The murderer is a very tired, quiet women who cares about her husband and you wouldn't put her down for the killing type. The language is very easy to understand and there are hardly any big words and this is because it's mainly for children. Overall I think that "The Speckled Band" is not typical for its genre and I think this is because it has a more realistic, believable story line. Also it is what you expect to find in a normal murder mystery and the characters are more believable and better placed in the story. I think both stories are successful because "Lamb to Slaughter" is more for children so more children would buy it because it's easy to read, and is easy to understand. Where as on the other hand "The Speckled Band" is more of a complex story so I think more adults would buy this book. The book which I preferred more in my opinion is "The Speckled Band" and this is because it has more twists to the story and the story was a more dull, dark, scary story and also the victim had a more gory death. Matthew Shaw/10Ds ...read more.

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