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Comparison of 'Lamb to the slaughter' and 'The Speckled Band'.

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Wider Reading Coursework: Comparison of 'Lamb to the slaughter' and 'The Speckled Band' Both 'Lamb to the slaughter' and 'The Speckled Band' shows characteristics of murder mysteries. What are the similarities and difference between the two stories? Murder mysteries are stories which grab hold of your attention through out the hole journey of reading the story. Most Murder mysteries always have detectives, murder/ killing, alibi's, victims, weapons, evidence, a twist in a tail, a bit of suspense or maybe a lot of suspense depending on the author. Two murder mysteries which I've read are 'Lamb to the slaughter' and 'The speckled band', I'll be writing an comparison of the two short murder mysteries, showing the similarities and differences of the both stories. ...read more.


I'll be comparing 'Lamb to the Slaughter' with another short story called 'The Speckled Band'. The Speckled Band was written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It was first published in 1892. This already shows that the both stories may be slightly different because they are both written in two different centuries. It is one of the books from the Sherlock Holmes series. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle established a tradition of detective fiction and modern detective fiction tries to continue this tradition. Sherlock Holmes is one of the most famous and popular detectives in the world. From my own knowledge I already know that Sherlock Holmes is a very famous, intelligent and unique detective. Sherlock homes novels are very famous for the reason they bring out enchanting and realistic characteristics and settings in the stories. ...read more.


In lamb to the slaughter Mary Maloney's husband is the victim. We read on to see how the murder was committed, and then it catches out attention to see if she gets away with it, where as in the speckle band, we want the detectives to solve the mystery and inform the reader how it all happened. From the time where the victim (Mr. Maloneys) comes home, we can see that things are not right. He has been shown to be acting completely strange in everything he does. '...he did an unusual thing, he lifted his glass and drained it in at one swallow...' which shows he either had a bad day at work or there something seriously upsetting him. The story then slowly swifts with Mr Malone's couple word answers to Mary Malone's questions. This shows his motionless trying to speak out about some sort of bad news. Sohaib Safdar 11p3 1of 2 ...read more.

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