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The detective genre. A comparison of two characters, settings and atmosphere and the endings in the two short stories, 'The Speckled Band' by Conan Doyle (pre 1900) and 'Lamb To The Slaughter by R. Dhal (past 1900).

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The detective genre. A comparison of two characters, settings and atmosphere and the endings in the two short stories, 'The Speckled Band' by Conan Doyle (pre 1900) and 'Lamb To The Slaughter by R. Dhal (past 1900). In this essay I will be comparing the two short stories about murder. The first is 'The Speckled Band'. Conan Doyle wrote this story in the 19th century (1897). The second story 'Lamb To The Slaughter' was written later on, in the 20th century (1954). Out of both of the two stories 'The Speckled Band' had the traditional closing as we see in many detective stories, as the murder case was resolved, and the villain was killed. In contrast 'Lamb To The Slaughter' does not have a traditional in fact, the case was never solved so we never find out whether or not Mary Maloney gets away with the murder of Patrick Maloney. Rhald Dhal was born in Wales he served as a fighter pilot during the Second World War. His first book was published in 1943, called 'The Gremlins' for children, then continued writing short stories for adults. Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh, and soon became a doctor, a little while later he gave up medicine, and began writing. ...read more.

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She goes to a shop were she buys some food, she acts normal and cheerful to the shopkeeper and then leaves back to her house, with the bleeding corpse Patrick Maloney on the floor. 'I want some potatoes please Sam, and I think a can of peas.' Mary had large clear eyes, she had translucent skin, a soft mouth, she at them time of the murder is pregnant. Mary Maloney is very clever as when the officers are investigating the murder of Patrick Maloney, she offers the officers alcohol, which will lead them to slow down she also feeds the officers the actual weapon used for the murder. She adores her husband very much; she does almost everything for him, she is helpless without him. 'She loved to luxuriate in the presence of this man' This quote explains how much she loved her husband, that she deeply loved him. I am now going to compare the three victims, Julia and Helen Stoner and Patrick Maloney. Julia Stoner was the first victim that was killed in the house of Dr Roylott. This case was never sold. Helen Stoner was the age of about 30, but looked older; she wears a black dress, which was heavily veiled that cased an air of mystery. ...read more.

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As soon as the murder has been committed the atmosphere has been changed completely, even though it was the same house it was cold, dim, and unwelcoming because there had been a murder the same day. In 'The Speckled Band' Sherlock Holmes bactuler flat. This flat is very calm, warm and cosy it is some were where you can just sit down and relax all day, like Mary Maloney's house it is well kept and looked after, but in Stoke Maron Dr Roylotts mansion it is scary and not comfortable, it is more or less empty as only Dr Roylott and Helen Stoner live there. The house is like an horror film it looks like a haunted house over a hill top it is chilling. I have read the two stories 'Lamb To The Slaughter' and 'The Speckled Band' I have compared both of the stories and found out that they both have different endings. In 'The Speckled Band' the ending is a closed ending as Dr Roylott is killed and we are aware that he is the murderer, that the case has been solved. In 'Lamb To The Slaughter' the ending is left open as we never get to find out if the clever Mary Maloney gets away with the murder, whether or not she gets to support the unborn child. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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