• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

In this essay, I am going to compare and contrast the two murderers, Sir Grimesby Roylott in 'The Speckled Band' with Mary Maloney from 'The Lamb To The Slaughter'.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Lamb to the slaughter and the speckled band In this essay, I am going to compare and contrast the two murderers, Sir Grimesby Roylott in 'The Speckled Band' with Mary Maloney from 'The Lamb To The Slaughter'. The two stories 'The Speckled Band' and 'Lamb To The Slaughter' are both about murder. The situations and motives that occur show sharp contrasts between each of the separate murders. The character of Roylott presented in 'The Speckled Band' is a violent character with a unique quality with wit and skills that shine throughout this short story. It is not however, for the best reason. He is a doctor, a profession that carries respect and trust. ...read more.

Middle

We refer to the murder as 'him' We can sense that Roylott is under more pressure; he has obviously decided to kill his stepdaughter for her riches that he can't make my being a doctor. Maloney has her husband's wage from his work, and the home will only need to be cleaned every couple of days. The text suggests that her husband is stressed. He has to tell Mary that he is leaving her. He leaves her with no explanation for his absence, only that he will pay for the baby's upbringing. This was to keep Mary quiet; the text accuses Patrick of caring more for his job and social status than his own family This betrayal led to the case of Maloney turning away from being kind and considerable ...read more.

Conclusion

But unlike Roylott who had killed for his own financial gain, Mary had killed out of a 'crime of passion'. Her love for Patrick had been killed at the same time as he announced his absence. The only way for her and the child to survive such a social class of the time would have been for her to kill Patrick. Her thoughts on the times where echoed through the text. Roylott's murder with the Snake was premeditated. He had planned to kill his stepdaughter when it was his own weapon that would eventually kill him. Mary had panicked; it was a volatile reaction to what Patrick had to say to her. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Roald Dahl section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Roald Dahl essays

  1. Compare and contrast the way the writer's depict relationships between men and women in ...

    shock to you, I'm afraid," This quote shows how Mr Maloney bravely begins to tell his wife his revelation which then progresses the story to the point where the intriguing twist occurs- murder. The tensions in Tony Kytes is emotional and sexual with competition occurring within the characters.

  2. Comparing Rhoda Brook-"The Withered Arm" and Mary Maloney-"Lamb to the slaughter".

    This demonstrates that they think that all women were good for was to have kids and to look after their house for them as they went out and earned some money. She uses this to her advantage as she persuades the detectives to eat the Leg of Lamb which was the murder weapon.

  1. Compare the Two Short Stories, 'The Speckled Band' And 'Lamb To The Slaughter'.

    This creates a very intense atmosphere and gives the impression that all is not what it should be. This sudden change brings up the question in the back of our minds, what secret does Mr Maloney have? The initial atmosphere of tranquillity comes across as unusual for a detective story.

  2. Comparison and contrast between the Speckled Band and Lamb to the Slaughter.

    possibly be discovered by any chemical tests was just such a one as world occur to a cleaner and ruthless man who had eastern training". (Speckled band: 181) The quotation above shows how Sherlock Holmes thinks. Sherlock Holmes can pick up clues and add to another which shows his determination, cleverness and professionism in solving mysteries.

  1. Lamb to the Slaughter and The Speckled Band essay

    The murderers in the stories are very different. Dr. Roylott, for example, is a strong and violent man and this is proved when the story says 'In a fit of anger, however, caused by some robberies which had been perpetrated in the house, he beat his native butler to death, and narrowly escaped a capital sentence.'

  2. Both Mrs Maloney And Roylott Are Clever About The Way They Hide The Evidence ...

    He met his wife Mrs Stoner in India, since he went there he has been keeping Indian pets, such as a Baboon, Snake and a Wild Cat. He was described as, "A man of immense strength, absolutely uncontrollable in his anger".

  1. Both Mrs Maloney and Roylott are clever about the way they hide the evidence ...

    Maloney to be caught. Also Roylott to a 19th century reader would be thought to be tougher than a woman who are portrayed weaker in the Speckled Band as well as in Lamb to the Slaughter. Ii was Mrs Stoner who went to see Holmes because she was scared, 'its not the cold that makes me shiver'.

  2. Compare and Contrast "Lamb To the Slaughter" with "The Speckled Band".

    We know this because in the narrative it says "He kept his head down so that the light from the lamp beside him fell across the upper part of his face, leaving the chin and mouth in shadow" showing us that he doesn't want his emotions to tell on his face.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work