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Lamb to the Slaughter and The Speckled Band Comparative Essay

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Lamb to the Slaughter and The Speckled Band Comparative Essay The main thing Lamb to the slaughter and the speckled Band have in common is the genre 'murder mystery' Lamb to the Slaughter is a simple short story written by Roald Dahl in the mid 19th century. Where as "The speckled band was written earlier Pre 19th century it was written By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle the creator of Sherlock Holmes a famous fictional detective with Watson as his side kick. The most obvious difference between the two stories is the way the story was set out. With Lamb to the slaughter you know how the murder was committed and by who as soon as it happens. The story is about how the killer got away with the crime whereas with the speckled band it is a mystery you are left to unravel by your self. There is still a certain aspect of wander to lamb to the Slaughter we know the woman killed her husband because of something he said but we are left to think what could he have said to make her do something so drastic also we wander wither she will get away with the murder. ...read more.


When describing the main female character in the story he talks of her face being all drawn and grey with restless frightened eyes. It goes on to say about her premature grey it says her age is thirty. In LS it is the opposite she is described as a very calm tranquil woman with a slow smiling air about her also because she is six months pregnant she had acquired a wonderful translucent quality it goes on to say her mouth was soft and her eyes looked larger and darker with a more placid look. This is a nice piece of description and gives you a good feel of what she looks like. The narration of the stories is also done differently. In the Speckled band the narrator is Watson Sherlock Holmes's fellow detective and good friend. Roald as the writer tells the story himself. The Roald Dahl story is slightly comical the conclusion that the police themselves ate the evidence this is irony, which makes it funny. Also the fact that the murder weapon is a piece of frozen lamb, which is unusual. ...read more.


And set in 1883. He uses word that are no longer really used such as, burst forth and fain. Whereas Lamb to the slaughter was written in the mid 20th century and had more modern language I find it a lot easier to read because of the way is was written it is a lot more informal e.g. wouldn't instead of would not. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle uses phraseology that is quite complicated and has word that I do not understand e.g. I have really some scruples as to taking you tonight. I think The Speckled Band will be more heard of and be around longer than Lamb to The Slaughter because the story has perhaps more depth and detail also the Stories of Sherlock Holmes are world famous although Roald Dahl has written allot of popular books and stories this is not really one of them. The characters are very strong in the speckled band and you feel more compelled to read on with this story. When looking closely they are both very different from each other although in the same genre. Jenny Jones 11MYR ...read more.

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