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“Lamb to the Slaughter” and “The Speckled Band”

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Murder Mysteries "Lamb to the Slaughter" and "The Speckled Band" Both story titles are play on words, which are where the stories have nothing to do with the titles. Like in "Lamb to the Slaughter" you would think about a lamb getting slaughtered but it has nothing to do with a lamb getting killed. In "The Speckled Band" you would think of a band of people. The setting at the beginning of "Lamb to the Slaughter" is very cosy the lady is sat next to a warm fire waiting for her husband to come home. She is knitting and she has got a fresh glass of whisky with fresh ice cubes in it for her husband. The setting at the beginning of "The Speckled Band" is very gloomy and the house is a typical horror story house its shaped like a crab. ...read more.

Middle

The cleverest part is where she persuades the detectives to eat the lamb what she killed her husband with. In the "The Speckled Band" the villain is very obvious because he is very nasty to people. When the story was set gypsies were thought to be evil people and if you associate with them that means you must be evil and the villain had gypsies living on his land. The woman in "Lamb to the Slaughter" starts of to be a nice woman then when her husband tells her that he is leaving her she becomes very aggressive. She kills her husband with a frozen lamb and then when the police are eating the lamb she is sat in her chair laughing about it. The women are very gentle and innocent in "The Speckled Band" they cannot defend themselves so they need a man to do it. ...read more.

Conclusion

In "Lamb to the Slaughter" the woman who kills her husband is the only character that changes her personality. At the beginning she is really nice and looking forward to her husband coming home then when he tells her that he is leaving her she is calm. Then she just hits him over the head with a frozen lamb. In "The Speckled Band" the characters have the same personality all the way through the story. The villain gets away with the murder in "Lamb to the Slaughter" because she persuades the police to eat the murder weapon. The villain in "The Speckled Band" finds out that he can't out wit Sherlock Holmes because he is too clever and he makes the snake go away then the snake kills the doctor and Sherlock Holmes has solved the mystery. Jamie Wilkes 26/04/2007 Page 1 ...read more.

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