This essay compares two stories. ‘The Speckled Band’ by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, written over a hundred years, and ‘Lamb to the slaughter’ written by Roald Dahl, over twenty years ago. These stories can be compared because there are many differences in the plot, structure and the time it was written. In fact, there are more differences than similarities.
One way in which the two stories differ is the plot. ‘The Speckled Band’ has a pre-meditated murder but ‘Lamb to the slaughter has a spontaneous murder.
In, ‘The Speckled Band’, the murder is planned with great effort. Dr. Roylott had to move the victim to the middle of the three rooms. From there, he will let the snake out into the ventilator. The snake would slide towards the middle room; get down, onto the cord attached to the dummy bell. From there, it would go down to the bed, which is clamped to the floor, so the victim could not move the bed.
However, In ‘Lamb to the slaughter’, Mary had not planned to kill her husband, Patrick. Her crime was based on her broken heart.
She had dreamed that they would grow old together and have kids. However, her husband had shattered her dream. He had woken her from her beautiful dream, so she could not withstand the burden and killed him.