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Lamb to the slaughter and the Speckled band.

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English essay Lamb to the slaughter and the Speckled band. "Lamb to the Slaughter and Speckled band" are two very different of murder mysteries. Describe some of the ways in which they are the same, how is the language used by the author to create and atmosphere of suspense that makes you want to read more? The title "Lamb to the Slaughter" makes the reader want to know what the story is really about. The title gives inferences that it does to a certain resemblance to a murder mystery. Hence the "slaughter". The title "The Speckled Band" doesn't seem the type of typical murder mystery title. The reader wouldn't expect a murder mystery unless the read the blurb. But after reading the whole story I can see why it is called the "The Speckled Band." This also means that the reader will also be able to understand the title. "Lamb to the slaughter" was written by Roald Dahl and was published on 1954. Roald Dahl was famous for writing children's novel and stories. But he also wrote a series of books for adults they were called "the tales of the unexpected" the stories were based around normal people where strange and unordinary things happen to them and around them. "The Speckled Band" was written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It was first published in 1892, so as you can see the stories are very old; this is proven by the setting in the story. ...read more.

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Or did they wait until the tenth month? What did they do?" I feel a little sympathetic towards her because she has a child, and I don't think she meet to do it, she did it out of sheer frustration and disappointment. The murder in "The speckled Band" seems a bit weird and a bit of a freak. Maybe the type of a murder. ".....seldom came out save to indulge in ferocious quarrels with whoever might cross his path. Violence of temper approaching to mania has been hereditary in the men of the family, and in my step fathers case, I believe, been intensified by his long residence in the topics." This quote shows his history, and that he does have violent ways. He murderer his daughter because her wedding was coming up and he had to give his daughter �250 fro it. But he wanted the money so he murdered her. I don't feel sympathetic towards the murderer, I think he is selfish and money isn't worth murdering someone. The setting in "Lamb to the Slaughter" seemed is warm and calm it seemed very homely. "The room was warm and clean, the curtains drawn, the two table lamps alight" I feel sympathetic to the victim because I don't think he deserved it. The setting in "The Specked Band" is quite scary, and a bit typical. "the building was of grey, lichen-blotched stone, with a high central portion and curving wing, like the claws of a crab, thrown out on each side. ...read more.

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set in the 1950's because of the house and detectives and the fact that a ladies was drinking whisky and because she went it a freezer to get a "leg of lamb". It is slightly unusual that there are not any female detectives in this story. Maybe because of the time the story was set in and females wouldn't want to take up such a job. Out of both "lamb to slaughter" and" the speckled band" I liked lamb to the slaughter the most, because the story had a slight hint of humour towards the end, which most of the readers will pick up on. I didn't pick the" speckled band" because I think is drags on a bit to much and doesn't get straight to the point, but maybe the author wanted this so that the readers are kept in a great deal of suspense. Both the stories I think are excellent, they are very gripping and believable. The authors have both pick a wide and selective amount of language with fits the story and the atmosphere. Both the stories have an intensive amount of suspense, which makes it very interesting to read. I think that an usually but believable murder mystery makes them gripping to read. I think that is why I liked to read "lamb to the slaughter" and "The speckled Band" I personally think people will always love to read murder mysteries because they are spellbinding, out of the ordinary, and realistic. ?? ?? ?? ?? Rupal Panchal Page 1 02/05/07 ...read more.

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