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Compare 'The Speckled Band' and 'Lamb To The Slaughter' referring to the structure language and characterisation - In what ways are the stories typical of the detective story genre?

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Wider Reading Coursework Compare 'The Speckled Band' and 'Lamb To The Slaughter' referring to the structure language and characterisation. In what ways are the stories typical of the detective story genre? Introduction Arthur Conan Doyle wrote the Speckled Band and Lamb To The Slaughter was written by Roald Dahl in 1954. The Speckled Band and Lamb To The Slaughter are both Detective stories where someone is killed and there are detectives are brought in to find out why they were killed and how. In The Speckled Band, Dr Roylett is in the end killed by something that no one has ever seen. No one saw Dr Roylett die and no one knows how he died. In Lamb To The Slaughter Mr Maloney is killed by his wife, Mary Maloney, but the police don't know who he has been killed by, why he has been killed. They know that a weapon was used, but they don't know what weapon is used but what they don't know is that they get rid of the evidence themselves. ...read more.


It begins like this to make the reader read on because they would be wanting to know a motive to why she killed him and also to see what happens to her further on in the story about her killing him. Roald Dahl makes you want to read this story after you know who the murderer is because of the way he structures the story about how the evidence of Mr. Maloney dieing is taken out of the story and that the police officers are so gullible. This story ends with the police officers, which are now round the house of Mrs. and Mr. Maloney investigating the death. They are asking questions and doing tests, etc, and Mrs. Maloney makes up a story and eventually she brings up the fact that she has just cooked a leg of lamb and that would the officers like some lunch using this lamb. ...read more.


Maloney serve out lunch to all the police officers and then they would think that she wouldn't do such a crime as this because she is so kind. Dr. Royletts daughter is portrayed as the little scared one, every little noise she hears during the night after she is moved into her new bedroom, and she wakes up and lights a candle to see if there is anything there. The police officers in Lamb to the Slaughter are portrayed as kind of stupid officers. They are so gullible when Mary gives them the evidence to the murder to eat and they still don't pick up on it when they are eating the lamb. In The Speckled Band, Holmes is portrayed as someone that won't let somebody like Dr. Roylett doing their job. For example, when Holmes and Watson are employed by Dr. Royletts daughter, Dr. Roylett is not at all happy about it and try to make them stop working for her, Holmes doesn't allow Dr. Roylett to get in the way of doing his job and in the end we all find out why. ...read more.

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