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How does Dahl subert murder mystery conventions

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How does Dahl subvert the conventions of the Murder Mystery genre to create suspense? Dahl starts the story with the title 'Lamb to the Slaughter' which creates an idea that someone will fall victim to murder. The title conveys a violent image to the reader. 'Lamb to the Slaughter' is in juxtaposed to the 1st paragraph as it talks about the room being 'warm' and 'clean' whereas the title shows no signs of a warm story. The title is contrasted to the first paragraph in which the title suggests a shocking, intense, murderous storyline, whereas the first paragraph is all about the marital bliss of a housewife. This is mainly because of the feeling they give when reading it as the title is conventional however the first paragraph shows suspense. ...read more.


Mary had picked the first thing there, also, we find out later in the story that the weapon is ingested by the very people looking for it. The motive was one of love and anger, and possibly revenge because of the supposed bad news given to Mary by her husband. The cover-up was unconventional due to an alibi created not for self preservation but to save her unborn child. She was the prime suspect of the murder as she was the only person to be at the crime scene, however the detectives believe that it couldn't have been her because of the alibi she created. This story is full of problems that run deeper than physical trauma, deep into the mind of the killer. ...read more.


She even managed to convince herself that he was still alive. No one suspected near the end which is what surprised most people and is the main climax of the story. The climax of the story revolves around the leg of lamb and its destruction as the detectives eat the evidence spouting ironic comments such as 'Probably right under our very noses. What you think, Jack?'. This is the unconventional twist in the tail as the detectives do not find the murder weapon in the end. The detectives are unconventional in every way. They drink whisky which would make the situation worse as they are light-headed and wouldn't really think about things before they say or do anything. As mentioned before, they eat the murder weapon which would have lead to Mary's' conviction further showing the unconventional means by which this story was written. Thomas Cutler ...read more.

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