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Comparing and Constrasing the differences betweens 'Lamb to the Slaughter' and 'The Speckled Band'.

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Comparing and Constrasing the differences betweens 'Lamb to the Slaughter' and 'The Speckled Band' In my opinion I feel that both killers had good reasons to act in the ways they did, however this does not mean that they should have killed their respective victims. The reason why Dr Roylott killed in 'The Speckled Band' was, in short for the money, or to be specific the money he would lose if his step-daughters were to marry. This is The motive for Mrs Mary Maloney to kill Patrick in 'Lamb to the Slaughter' is simple, yet complex. If I was comparing it to something I would compare Mary's reasons for killing Patrick to a watch. In 'Lamb to the Slaughter' Dahl decides not to tell the readers what Patrick said to Mary to cause her to snap. He has a very good reason for doing this; it leaves what he said up to the reader's imagination, enabling the people who read the story to think what he said to Mary and they can think anything they want because no drinking alcohol on the job at one point, "...'You mean this whisky?' ... 'Yes, please. But just a small one. It might make me feel better.' ...'Why don't you have one yourself?' ... 'Well it's not strictly allowed, but I might take just a drop to keep me going.' ... 'One by one the others came in and were persuaded to take a little nip of whisky.'" This, in my opinion, shows that Mary Maloney has recovered from her insanity, realised what she's done, and now for the her unborn child's sake, trying to get away with it. It also shows that she was a very clever woman, and more to her than is revealed. Another point that I would like to make, which I find quite amusing, is that Mary Maloney Roald Dahl's ultimate dig at the police authorities. ...read more.

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"A moment later we where out on the road, a chill wind blowing in our faces, and one yellow light twinkling in front of us through the gloom to guide us on our sombre errand." This gives the reader the impression that they are scared and also makes the reader more interested in what might happen next. By now we have reached the climax of the story but it's not over yet. "Making our way among the trees, we reached the lawn crossed it, and were about to enter though the window when out from a clump of laurel bushes there darted what seemed to be a hideous and distorted child, who threw itself upon the grass with writhing limbs and then ran swiftly across the lawn into the darkness." This must have been a very scary experience for Watson and a very interesting one for the reader. Once in the room Sherlock whisperers softly into Watson's ear and tells him to be very quiet and that he should not go to sleep as his life may depend upon it. This makes the reader even more interested and keeps us in the grip of the stories climax. Now Sherlock and Watson is waiting in the dark of the night, Watson with his pistol ready for action and Sherlock with a box of matches and a stump of candle. The grip of the climax is now closing in on the reader for the reader can share the state of fear and nervousness with Sherlock and Watson. Then suddenly Sherlock jumps up after hearing a slight noise and strikes a match "You see it, Watson?" he yelled. "You see it?" Watson could not see anything but the way Watson describes this is very dramatic as if Sherlock is being attacked and in great danger. "I could, however, see that his face was deadly pale and filled with horror and loathing." ...read more.

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night as her sister did nights before her death 'I suddenly heard in the silence of the night the low whistle which had been the herald of her own death.' It is told by Watson, Holmes's trusty side kick, this gives you the same information that is given to him, so makes you realise how difficult it is to get your head around the murder and how clever he and Holmes are to be able to solve it. It is told by the murder in the other story, Lamb to the Slaughter, this is a very different way for a murder mystery to be told and so shows you everything from a more interesting point of view. It makes you realise everything is done for a reason, and most murder mysteries wouldn't be a mystery if they were told like this, so it isn't conventional at all. This also shows in the ending of the story, instead of the detectives finding out the murderer and locking them up, it finishes with them eating the murder weapon whilst saying 'the weapon is probably right under our noses.' and with the murderer laughing 'Mary Maloney began to giggle.' This is all designed to add to the humour of the story, instead of having an usual ending which would be quite boring for the reader as they have known who killed him all the way through any way. The Speckled band ends in an average murder mystery-ending sort of way, where the murderer is found and the way he murdered is also found out. The one difference is that he is killed with his own weapon, the Indian snake he had brought especially over to England as it's poison wasn't recognised by doctor here. Unlike in Lamb to the Slaughter it ends with the end of the case as Lamb to the Slaughter ends really before the case had really began but just when you know they will never catch her as they have eaten the weapon. ...read more.

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