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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'.

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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.


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.


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.

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