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What are the similarities and differences in the two stories? (Roald Dahl-Lamb to the slaughter, The Speckled band-Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)

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Comparative Stories Essay By Owen Convey What are the similarities and differences in the two stories? (Roald Dahl-Lamb to the slaughter, The Speckled band-Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) Theses two stories have many similarities and differences at the same time. First off we start with Lamb to the slaughter by Roald Dahl. This is a story about a housewife who finds out that her husband is cheating on her and plans to leave her even though she is pregnant. Mary Maloney is a normal woman who has everything timed to perfection she knows when everything will happen. She is in the last few months of pregnancy and is at peace with the world. When her husband comes in and tells her he's leaving her she is shocked. "This is going to be a bit of a shock to you, I'm afraid, he said. ...read more.

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She gets a leg of frozen lamb out of the fridge and her husband tells her that he's going out and without thinking Mrs Maloney smashes Mr Maloney round the head with the lamb killing him instantly. She calls the police pretending to have found him dead and she feeds the policemen the lamb that was used to kill Mr Maloney thus destroying all evidence of the crime. The second story 'The Speckled Band' is written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and it is about the adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson. The story starts off with Sherlock Holmes being asked to try and figure out a murder mystery by a young lady who believes that her dad murdered her sister. The woman flees just as her stepfather comes in and threatens Holmes to not interfere and bends an iron poker to show his strength when he's gone Holmes straightens the poker out again. ...read more.

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The two detectives are the opposites of each other Jack Noonan from 'Lamb to the slaughter' doesn't try very hard while Sherlock Holmes is very methodical and looks at every angle to make sure there are no other possibilities. One thing that the detectives both have in common is that there helping women in distress. Both stories are very ironic with Mr Maloney getting killed with the thing that he would have ate and then the officers eating the evidence. And also in 'The Speckled band' its ironic that the stepfather is killed with his own weapon. The structure and of the writing is very different as they were written in different periods of time. Lamb to the slaughter is a much easier read using simpler sentence structures, while the Speckled band uses a wider vocabulary and expands its sentence structures and has more complex one's. These two stories are sometimes very alike but also at the same time completely different. By Owen Convey ...read more.

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