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The Speckled band v Lamb to the Slaughter

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English. Wider reading. The Speckled band v Lamb to the Slaughter Question. Compare the similarities and differences of these two stories and consider how successful they are as detective stories. In your answer comment on content, language and structure. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote the first story "The Speckled Band" in 1892. The story is about a detective, Sherlock Holmes' who investigates the murder of Julia Stoner. The story is narrated by Watson, Sherlock's' sidekick and close friend. Roald Dahl wrote "Lamb to the Slaughter" the Second story, in 1954. Although it was written over 50 years later and it has a more unconventional story line it is still an interesting read. The Question is asking for a comparison between the two mystery stories and to consider their success as detective stories. It's telling me to explore into what makes a successful detective story and what would I expect to find in a basic mystery story. The question is asking for comments on the writers' use of Language, Structure and Content. Considering that one of the stories is pre 1900 and the other post 1900 I'm guessing that the Language, Structure and Content are going to vary significantly. I'm expecting to find that the first story which is the pre 1900 will have a more traditional theme where as the post 1900 will consist of a much more unconventional story line. This part of my Essay is going to be about the basic features that are found in detective stories and what you expect to find in a detective story. ...read more.

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You wouldn't expect Mary to murder somebody, but you wouldn't be shocked to hear that Dr. Roylott had. The second difference is in the content. One of the murders is deliberate whereas the other wasn't deliberate. In "The Speckled Band" we don't find out who the murderer is until the end of the story, although the readers do get given clues towards who did it e.g. The saucer of milk, The phoney bell pull and the ventilation shaft that had no useful purpose. Another difference between the two stories is the motives behind the murder. In "The Speckled Band" Dr. Roylott planned murder so he wouldn't loose any of his inheritance from his wife. His motive was that in his wife's will it said that when her daughters marry they should receive 200 pounds, which was left with Dr. Roylott. Of course Dr. Roylott didn't want to loose any of his money and so the only way to stop them from marrying and receiving �200 was to kill them. In "Lamb to the Slaughter" the crime was a "crime of passion". It was perpetrated on impulse. After Patrick told Mary something. The writer doesn't tell us what he's going to do instead he leaves it up to the reader to imagine what he's planning. The reader then thinks he's going to leave her and so they feel sorry for Mary. Mary's emotions obviously begin to build up as she starts to call him darling even more and tries to show her true feelings for him. ...read more.

Conclusion

The whole story is formatted in this way to provide the reader with a story, which is simple in structure but complex in language. I'm now going to move on to "Lamb to the Slaughter". It's more uncharacteristic than "The Spackled Band". Its structure is inconsistent and the language it contains could be thought of as more up to date. In "Lamb to the Slaughter" Roald Dahl starts off the exact opposite way in which Sherlocks sidekick did. In Roald Dahls story the readers get a comprehensive account of the murder. Its set out his way to fascinate the reader early on in the story. This will also captivate the reader as they will want to know what happens as the stories ending isn't as predictable as conventional mystery stories. There aren't a lot of answers in "Lamb to the Slaughter" and so the conclusion is quite sardonic. As we already know whom the murderer is. In conclusion to this essay I believe that "Lamb to the Slaughter is a much more successful story as it has much more individualism and illustrious technique in it compared to "The Speckled Band". Although I prefer "Lamb to the Slaughter" some people may find the pre twentieth century story better, as it definitely is a more simplistic and predictable story line, although its language is more exquisite. I think that "Lamb to the Slaughter" is more successful as a detective story as it isn't as predictable as "The Speckled Band" and I think that it has better story line as it is a much more inventive story. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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