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Compare the short stories 'Lamb to the Slaughter' and 'The Speckled Band' in the context of the murder mystery genre. Are they traditional murder mysteries?

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Compare the short stories 'Lamb to the Slaughter' and 'The Speckled Band' in the context of the murder mystery genre. Are they traditional murder mysteries? In this essay i am going to compare two short stories, and see if they are traditional murder mystery stories. I want to see if the stories also follow the conventions of a murder mystery story. One story is called 'Lamb to the Slaughter' and the other is 'The Speckled Band'. The story 'Lamb to the Slaughter' ('LTS') was written in 1954, which is over sixty years ago. 'The Speckled Band' ('TSB') was written in 1892. Roald Dahl wrote the story 'LTS'. This story does not follow the conventions of a murder mystery story. Arthur Conan Doyle wrote 'TSB'. This is a murder mystery story. It follows the basic conventions of murder mysteries. I will try to show the differences between the two stories, and show how the stories have different genres. Genre is a type. Geenre is a french word which means Type. Many things have genres. Things we use to entertain ourselfs with, or pass time with, have a genre. For example, films, music, books, games and many other things have genres. Genre is important because it lets people know what they are doing. If someone is watching a film they would wnt to know what genre it is. It could be a horror,thriller, comedy or anything else. So this helps them to know what type of film they are watching, but it would not give away any part of the film. Genre is useful for writers, film makers or artists. ...read more.

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They said yes. Mary did a good job to dispose the evidense. This is not typical of a murder mystery story. You don't find things like these in a m urder mystery story. In 'TSB' Dr Roylott killed his step daughter because he wanted some money which was left over for the family. He was even planing to kill Miss Maloney, daughter becasue he didn't want to share the money. He was greedy and wanted all the money to himself. Dr Roylott very intelligently killed Miss Stoners Step sister with a snake. He trained it with a whip, to go up the ventalator, and go down the bell and to strike and kill. This was a very clever way to kill someone. His snake was kept in a box and hidden so that no one could find it and suspect he was the murderer. He left the whip out which was an evidence and got him caught. He did not hide it. It was found by SherlocK Holmes and this lead him to carry on investigating until he got an answer. Sherlock Holmes never knew about the snake until the very end. Nethier did the readers know about the snake until the vey end. This help to built up tension. 'LTS' did not have any mysteries about who killed Patrick. The readers knew who killed him. They even knew how. This is not found in a murder mystery story and this story would not fit into that genre. TSB' is very different to that. It kept the readers in suspense and left them guessing until the murder was solved. ...read more.

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He deos his job as a detective well. There is also great detail of him in the story. The way he investigates his case makes a reader think about who the murderer could be. The story made alot of options of who the murderer could be. This sets challenges. The murder happened at the beginning and after that tension was bult up till the end, where the crime was solved. The murderer got caught because he was so greddy. He also tried to be too smart and this also got him caught out. In the end it all back fired on him. 'TSB' is a typical traditional murder mystery. 'LTS' is not a murder mystery story compared to 'TSB'. 'LTS' was horter and had less detail about the detectives, and the murder case. The murder case wasnot even soved. The story did not realy have a moral and did not have a denoumenat ending. The murder in it was not planned. The detectives did not do their job well, and the whole stucture did not really set any challanges. This story is not a typical murder mystery story. 'TSB' compared to 'LTS' is a typical murder mystery story. It follows the conventions of a murder mystery story form the beginning. The murder happens at the start of the story. The detectives do their jobs well their way of doing there job sets challeges to the readers. The crime in the end is solved , the murderer is found, and justice is done. So clearly 'LTS is not a murder mystert, but more of a take of the unexpected. 'TSB' is clearly a murder mystery story. Done by Adewunmi Ahmadu R10G Adewunmi Ahmadu FOREST HILL SCHOOL ...read more.

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