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Lamb To The Slaughter And The Speckled Band compared.

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Lamb To The Slaughter And The Speckled Band By Samantha Bowman The first story I am comparing is 'The Speckled Band'. Written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in the 19th century. He lived from 1859 until 1930. His most famous creation was Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson. He also wrote 'A Study in Scarlet' and 'The Hound of the Baskervilles'. The story I am comparing it to is 'Lamb to the Slaughter' written by Roald Dahl in the 20th century. He lived from 1916 - 1990. Roald Dahl wrote his first book when he was injured during the 2nd World War when he was held in hospital. He became famous for writing children's stories such as 'The BFG' and 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'. He also wrote adult books including 'Tales of the Unexpected'. The expansion of the short stories became popular in around about the second part of the 19th century as more people were reading newspapers. People didn't watch TV and listen to the radio, as it hadn't been invented at that point in time, so this meant more reading. More men were getting an education by going to the Mechanics Institutes, so became interested in it. The increase in the number of the public libraries and reading rooms also helped to promote this. ...read more.

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And the murderer would be caught because they would demand that good triumphs over evil. However in today's society the crime does not have to be solved, as we are comfortable not knowing who it is, at least in stories anyway. People are satisfied with the murderer being female and social class is less important than it was. Only in some cases women are not thought of being murderers because they are too well respected. The settings are very different in the two stories. Mary Maloney's home is very warm, clean, cosy and very homely. You would feel welcome in this house. You would feel safe. But as for Roylott's I think you get the impression of not being very safe as it gives off this hostile and disturbing vibe with it's bramble covered land and all of it's with animals. You can tell which story is most modern by looking at the descriptions given and the language used. Dr. Roylott's home is big, empty and a horrid grey colour, which makes you, think of cold and dull objects. However Mary Maloney's home is quite the opposite, it states the house is very cosy, which is a house you wouldn't mind staying in. The impression I first get of Mary Maloney is calm and tranquil which doesn't make you think of murder, so you wouldn't suspect her of killing her husband. ...read more.

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Roylott's house, with its gloomy surroundings and of Roylott himself, we also know Helen is scared of him. I think the most enjoyable story was 'The Speckled Band'. I enjoyed this the most because I like to solve things and try and figure things out, it makes the whole story more interesting to read because you know there is something extra to do while reading. In 'Lamb to the Slaughter' everything is given to you on a plate and there is no excitement trying to work it out. The most successful story I think was 'The Speckled Band' and I'm not just saying that because I enjoyed it the most. I think Holmes was a much better detective than Jack Noonan and O'Malley. Holmes is not as familiar as those in 'Lamb to the Slaughter', so this I think is what made it more successful. I don't know if Holmes could have solved the modern murder because it is really hard to tell. He might of because he is a dedicated detective and is up for any sort of challenge. On the other hand he was not really from those times so he might not have known what was really going on. I don't think that Jack and the rest of his officers would have solved the Victorian murder because they couldn't have even solved the modern one with all the technology they had. ...read more.

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