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"Lamb to the slaughter" Vs "Speckled band" By Tamer Mustafa "Lamb to the slaughter" Vs "Speckled band" The conventions of the murder mystery genre are that a murder is usually committed at the start of the story and is carefully premeditated. A detective and his colleague are brought in to investigate the felony, but all they find are a lot of perplexing clues and insinuating evidence, which are gradually and meticulously put together, with the detective enlightening the audience to who the delinquent is and how they perpetrated the crime at the closing stages of the tale. Murder mysteries with these conventions are "Murder she wrote", "Taggart", "Frost", "Quavanagh QC" and "Johnathan Creek". The "Speckled band" is a archetypal example of this genre. A murder was committed at the start of the story (two years previously), then an ingenious but peculiar detective is summoned upon the scene with his dedicated assistant. "I had no keener pleasure than in following Holmes in his professional investigations, and in admiring the rapid deductions." The detective shrewdly works out all the concealed evidence and at the cessation the detective ultimately divulges all and manages to 'rescue' the quarry. Conversely, in "Lamb to the slaughter", the slaughter is implemented by a character whom we've already encountered, who is scarcely for this category, a woman. The police officers in this story are not the smartest of officers, they appear very narrow-minded and not equipped for change, they don't consider women as equals or to be killers. "It's the old story....Get the weapon, and you've your man." The clues are steadily covered up until there is no substantiation left permitting the eradicator to get away with the crime totally, with no one being suspicious of her at all. ...read more.


Conversely, in Helen Stoners case it was very different. She was the one being treated deficiently. "In a pitiable state of agitation, her face all drawn and grey, with restless, frightened eyes." She relies upon the assistance of a man to resolve her problem, first Percy Armstrong and then Sherlock Holmes; it seems pathetic but it was what was the adequate thing to do for a woman in that era. In Victorian times, a woman didn't have very much respect if she wasn't married so it was in Ms Stoner's favour that she was engaged to be married. "A dear friends, whom I have known for many years, has done me the honour to ask for my hand in marriage." As extensive as their differences may have been, the two victims do have some things in common, they are both people who don't like t cause a commotion adding to the fact that they both seem very spineless. Helen Stoner has no control over her life; the men in her life control it. "Took us to live with him in the ancestral house at Stoke Moran." Whilst Mr Maloney believes he has control over his wife but in the end, she comes out on top. "All right, she told herself. So I've killed him." In "the Speckled band", the detective, Sherlock Holmes is renound for his analytical skills. "I have heard of from Mrs Farintosh, whom you helped in the hour of her sour need." He is a very astute, but eccentric man. "The rapid deductions, as swift as intuitions, and yet always founded on a logical basis, with which he unravelled the problems which were submitted to him." ...read more.


It can be seen that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's language and style of writing is distinctive of the genre. Roald Dahl is a man of innovation; in his writing, he ignores the customary conventions of the mystery genre. His story is written from the perspective of a 3rd person narrator and for that reason we empathise more with the murderer than we do with the victim. Dahl's writing is very humerous, probably because the story does not 'judge' the murderers motivation for the killing. He uses a lot of adjectives to 'set the scene' and give the reader a mental picture of the events. His writing is informal and the language that he uses is of Standard English and is written phonetically. "Hullo, darling." Since Roald Dahl wrote his story in the 20th century, the idea that women were equal a sex to men was not rejected by the readers, or thought of as peculiar. Roald Dahl's style of writing is very unusual for the genre, which adds to its humour. Overall, I felt that both stories were good, and even though they were of the same genre, they were very different. "The Speckled band" shows how the detective deciphers the case, whilst "Lamb to the slaughter" shows how the murderer gets away with the crime. In particular my favourite was "Lamb to the slaughter", Roald Dahl's story is very peculiar and unusual which all add to its humour. Dahl's writing is very funny and witty, his descriptive words give you an image of what is happening in the story. Despite the fact that I thought Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's story was virtuous, his writing is too long, it has no humour to make it shimmer. It is too formal and everything you would expect from a murder mystery. ...read more.

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