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Lamb To The Slaughter & The Speckled Band.

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Lamb To The Slaughter & The Speckled Band The mood at the Beginning of both stories is calm but there is a bit of tension. In the Speckled Band some of the words help to capture the mood like glancing, terrible and tragic. In Lamb to the Slaughter the words that help to capture the mood are warm, clean, empty and waiting. At the beginning of both stories you can't really tell what's going to happen. I think at the beginning of both stories, Lamb to the Slaughter is more appealing because there is a lot more tension and its more interesting than The Speckled Band. Lamb to the Slaughter and The Speckled Band are both like traditional detective stories because they're telling about past crimes. Both villains are not alike very much because the way it describes Dr Roylott is very different from the way they describe Mary Maloney. ...read more.


However Dr Roylott is capable of killing people as he is a big man. I think that Dr Roylott is a typical stereotype of a villain as he looks like one and acts like one. Dr Roylott and Mary Maloney are definitely not similar. By the descriptions I think that Mary Maloney is more complex. During Lamb to the Slaughter I think that our attitude changes towards Mary Maloney because we know what she is capable of. I don't think our attitude changes towards Dr Roylott until right at the end. In both stories the writers don't really allow us to see the private thoughts of the villains. For many people I think it would be surprising to have a female killer but it shows that times are changing, it shows that Lamb to the Slaughter is a modern story, especially compared to The Speckled Band. ...read more.


I think that Holmes dominates the story because he got it all right he knew what was going on and how to find it out. In The Speckled Band the story was set in a big, old, empty house where not many people lived. Lamb to the Slaughter was set in a house as well but it doesn't describe the house much. I think in The Speckled Band the big house that it was set in made it more of a typical detective story because the house was big and a lot of the rooms were empty. The Maloney house was an unusual and unexpected place for a murder to take place because by the beginning of the story it describes a normal household so you wouldn't expect a murder to take place. The homely atmosphere helps secure her alibi because she is the wife of a detective, so she wouldn't be suspected of killing her husband Patrick Maloney. ...read more.

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