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Lamb To The Slaughter And The Speckled Band Are Two Very Different Examples Of Murder Mysteries. Describe Some Of The Ways In Which They Are Different And Some Of The ways In Which They Are The Same.

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Lamb To The Slaughter And The Speckled Band Are Two Very Different Examples Of Murder Mysteries. Describe Some Of The Ways In Which They Are Different And Some Of The ways In Which They Are The Same. In this essay I am going to analyze and compare two very different detective stories. These are, The Speckled band and Lamb To the Slaughter. The Speckled Band is written in 1892 by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and stars the famous detective Sherlock Holmes. Roald Dahl wrote Lamb To the Slaughter in 1954. Roald Dahl is famous for writing children's comedy books. He wrote, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda and many more. Lots of children all over the world read and enjoy Roald Dahl's stories even today. However he didn't only write children's stories he wrote adults books aswell. Roald Dahl's children's storybooks are well loved by everyone including adults because they are funny and are always enjoyable to read no matter whom you are. Lamb To The Slaughter is an example of this. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who wrote The Speckled Band created a well-known and well-loved string of detective stories/murder mysteries. All of these starred the famous Sherlock Holmes and his partner Dr. Watson. In 1893, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle tried to get rid of Sherlock Holmes and his partner Dr. Watson and stop writing the murder mysteries but there is uproar because Sherlock Holmes is so well known and loved. Everyone wanted Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to keep writing them and they didn't want the stories to stop. ...read more.


The murderer in The Speckled band is Doctor Grimsby Roylott. He is a "huge man", and "so tall that his hat actually brushed the cross bar of the doorway". He has a large face with "a thousand wrinkles, burned yellow with the sun". He is also described as a "bird of prey" where as Helen Stoner is described as a "frightened animal". Dr Roylott tries to kill Helen Stoner because she has a large sum of money, that she would receive when and if she gets married. She wants to get married therefore Dr Roylott tries to kill her so he can keep the money for himself. I feel that there is no space for sympathy with Dr Roylott because his motive for trying to kill Helen Stoner is one of the seven deadly sins, GREED. At the beginning of Lamb to the Slaughter, the setting is warm and welcoming "there is a slow smiling air about Mary Maloney...everything she did...is curiously tranquil". The atmosphere that Mary had created around herself, is of great tranquility and peacefulness. I feel no sympathy towards Patrick, because leaving Mary is an evil thing to do, seeing as how she is pregnant. In the Speckled Band, the setting is more dull and gloomy. The house is described as "of grey, lichen-blotched stone, with a high central portion, and two curving wings, like the claws of a crab, thrown out on each side". I find this strange as almost everything in this detective story is described by being compared to an animal. ...read more.


In Lamb to the Slaughter is set in the 1950's. It is a traditional family, wife at home, husband at work, wife makes dinner, waits for husband to come home. This is the sort of family that would have been around in the 1950's. Another detail that show that this story is set in the 1950's is that the man(Patrick Maloney) is at work all day whilst the woman (Mary Maloney) stays at home and does house work cooks the dinner. In the both of these stories I have noticed that there are no female detectives or policewomen in them. This doesn't surprise me because in the times that these stories were written, there were no female detectives or policewomen on the force. In fact in these times women don't work at all. After reading, analyzing and comparing the two stories, the one which I enjoyed most is Lamb to the Slaughter. This is because I prefer comical stories to serious detective stories. However The Speckled Band is a proper, traditional detective story. I know this because it has the entire makings of a one. It has the most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes, clues(the bell rope, the air vent, the saucer of milk and that Julia Stoner said before "it's the speckled band" just before she died. I think that there will always be someone somewhere who will like a good detective story. The reason for this is because some people enjoy the excitement of a murder and the tension that occurs during these detective stories or murder mysteries. ...read more.

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