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Oral presentation - "Both Mrs. Maloney (Lamb to the slaughter) and Roylott (The speckled band) are clever about the way they hide the evidence of their crimes. Why does Mrs. Maloney get away with it while Roylott doesn't?"

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Wide reading - Oral presentation For my wide reading coursework I prepared an oral presentation with three other girls, our presentation was in the form of a discussion. The stories we discussed were Roald Dahl's "Lamb to the slaughter" and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Speckled Band", both of which are murder mystery stories. The question which we discussed was "Both Mrs. Maloney (Lamb to the slaughter) and Roylott (The speckled band) are clever about the way they hide the evidence of their crimes. Why does Mrs. Maloney get away with it while Roylott doesn't?" ...read more.

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Social background was also important in the other story as Miss. Stoner and her sister had to obey their stepfather because women were subordinate to men, this is what gave Roylott his opportunity to murder Miss. Stoner's sister. We felt that this area was very important and so tried to continue discussing it throughout the presentation. Characters and relationships were discussed because these also affect the plot. Mrs. Stoner got away with her husband's murder because she was an innocent, gentle woman who obviously loved her husband. Again this provides a contrast with the other story in that Roylott was an evil man and the relationship between him and his late wife's daughters was not good so he might be more readily suspected of murder. ...read more.

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Detectives play an obvious role in investigating crimes and the ones investigating Mrs. Maloney were not very thorough even though they would have had a lot more technology than Sherlock Holmes who cared about the case enough to risk his life by staying in the house and found Roylott out. We concluded that Mrs. Maloney got away with it because although both she and Roylott hid their evidence cleverly, Mrs. Maloney also appeared to have no motive and had the police on her side. Roylott however had the circumstances against him as he had a good detective investigating his case and Miss. Stoner gave evidence against him to Sherlock Holmes. Alison Mares 10B ...read more.

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