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  1. Comparison between two short storys - Roald Dahl's Lamb to the slaughter and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Speckled Band.

    Also The Speckled Band seems to be a true Murder Mystery because we don�t know who killed Helen�s sister so it is a mystery to us as well as the characters and that adds suspense to the story and also is more interesting as we try to work out who is the murderer and how they killed the person, but in Lamb to the Slaughter we knew that Mary killed her husband and the only suspense was if the detectives will work out that Mary killed him.

    • Word count: 1384
  2. Comparison and contrast between the Speckled Band and Lamb to the Slaughter.

    The detectives come round to the house and inspected the body. They thought that the murderer was still around and used something big to construct the hideous crime. Mary Maloney gets rid of evidence by feeding all the police officers the lamb she used to kill her husband. " We shall soon set things right, I have an doubt. You have come in by train this morning, I see" (Speckled Band: 152) Sherlock Holmes is an intelligent, clever, observant, determined, logical and deductive, which is suggested by the above quotation. Sherlock Holmes is a professional detective who is determined to get the answers to the mystery.

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  3. A comparison of 'Lamb to the slaughter' by Roald Dahl and 'The Speckled Band' by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. What are the similarities and differences?

    Dr. Roylott is a very irate and bitter man. He lived the life of an 'aristocratic pauper' in which people of the neighbourhood thought he and his family had money. He was very clever, earning himself a medical degree. He escaped his penniless life in Britain and move to Calcutta, India where through 'Professional skill and force of character he established a large practice'. When he was in India he shows his true nature and his inharmonious ways by beating a native butler to death.

    • Word count: 1878
  4. Compare and Contrast 'Lamb to the Slaughter' by Roald Dahl and 'The Speckled Band' by Sir Authur Conan Doyle.

    'Lamb to the Slaughter' is another mystery story. It is a story about a couple. Unfortunately, one night the husband Patrick Maloney had some bad news for his sensitive wife. She overreacts and ends up killing him with a frozen leg of lamb. As the wife of a detective she is aware of the circumstances. She manages to create an alibi. Mrs. Maloney executes a well-orchestrated cover up plan, which works excellent, by fooling the unprofessional detectives. She ends up feeding the piece of evidence (leg of lamb) to the officers present at the crime scene, which is ironical.

    • Word count: 1673
  5. Compare both the 'The speckled band' and 'Lamb to the slaughter' to a typical detective story.

    Sherlock Holmes uses close observation, and the fact that he noticed evidence in such unusual places that you could even never imagine makes his stories more interesting. In the story "the Speckled Band" a woman called Helen, goes to Sherlock Holmes for help, because after the death of her sister Julia, she was made to move in the same room where her sister died, which was next to her stepfather's room. She was told her room needed redecorating when it was fine.

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  6. Compare the "Speckled Band" and "Lamb to the slaughter" referring to the structure and language and characterisation - In what ways are the stories typical of the detective story genre?

    A detective story usually consists of three main parts. * A villain commits a crime. * The detective follow clues and gathers evidence. * The detective solves the crime The detective is usually driven by a moral code; they crusade for moral justice. The Detective usually has a sidekick. This is someone who accompanies them on their crusade. They are usually not as clever as the detective is. After the crime has been solved the perpetrator usually suffers for their crimes. The crime itself usually challenges the brilliant detective and the reader to discover how and why the crime was committed.

    • Word count: 1986
  7. In this essay I will be looking at two stories one written in the nineteenth century "The signalman" and the other in the twentieth century "Lamb to the Slaughter".

    ask them self who is this woman waiting why is she so happy, but Dickens on the other hand wants the reader to think who is this shouting who is this person telling the story, both beginnings make you want to read on. Dahl creates suspense by building the scene and using a lot of adjectives, this helps build up the suspense very well. Dickens builds suspense by keeping the characters very secretive so the reader is always asking questions so they will read on this I think is a very good way of building suspense.

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  8. Both Lamb to the Slaughter and The Speckled Band share some of the characteristics of murder mysteries: Explain the similarities and differences between the 2 stories and say which story is more compelling to read.

    The way Lamb to the Slaughter is told is also very different to that of the Speckled Band and any typical murder mystery. The whole story focuses around a normal, everyday person, Mrs Maloney, who in this case, is the murderer. Whereas your typical murder mystery would have the whole story revolving around either the victim, of the detective solving the case. Because of this, the whole story is put into an entirely different perspective and the character you relate to and understand is the murderer.

    • Word count: 1486
  9. Compare and Contrast Wilkie Collins' "A Terribly Strange Bed " to Roald Dahl's "The Landlady ". Which Of The Two Stories Do You Prefer To Be The Most Successful Horror Story?

    The narrator in "The Landlady" has written n the first person. The boy doesn't realise he is in danger, which creates tension by the reader wanting him to get out. In "The Terribly Strange Bed", the writer is using an old style of writing, which is more difficult to read that "The Landlady" and it also has a lot of description and long sections to it. In "The Landlady", the writing is more recent, and much easier to understand. It is also much shorter and with much less descriptive writing in it.

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  10. Comparing 'Captain Murderer' by Dickens and 'Lamb to the slaughter' by Dahl.

    'Captain Murderer' is strung together clich� and complex sentences, with unusual vocabulary. "... A coach and twelve, and all his horses were milk white". This is exactly a phrase that anyone would expect to see within a fairytale. "Lamb to the "slaughter" is built on a foundation of 'simple' everyday language. The structure of each piece is very different. 'Captain Murderer' has no surprises to what the story holds. The title gives the plot away. 'Captain implies that there is a pirate within the story. Centuries ago Pirates were seen as outlaws full of anger, violence, and evil.

    • Word count: 1063
  11. Comparison of The Whole Town's Sleeping, written by Ray Bradbury, and The Landlady, by Roald Dahl.

    One of the main parts of a story is the setting. Both of these stories have two different major settings where the plot takes place. In The Whole Town's Sleeping, which takes place in Illinois, the first place you first meet is Lavinia's home. There, she feels secure and comfortable. "Home. Oh safe at home. Safe, safe and safe at home!" (The Whole Town's Sleeping, 56). This fragment of the short story is of great importance because it explains Lavinia's personal feelings towards her home, which later will turn out to be wrong.

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  12. In this essay I intend to compare and contrast 'Lamb to the Slaughter' by Roald Dahl written in 1950 and 'The Speckled Band' by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle written in 1883.

    They are not so bright. They eat the evidence. They are paid. They are manpower opposed to mental power. The criminal in The Speckled Band is Dr. Roylott. He appears to be a typical example of a classic villain. He is bad tempered, clever but not on the level of Sherlock Holmes. A Doctor by profession, Ironic that someone trained to cure people should be a murderer, "When a doctor does go wrong he is the first of the criminal". He loves money and will do anything to get it. He murdered his butler in India. His wild animals are a metamorphic expression of his character and personality e.g.

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  13. Compare and Contrast Roald Dahl's Lamb to the Slaughter and Arthur Conan Doyle's The Adventure of the Speckled Band.

    She starts as a kind and loving housewife, and ends up as some sort of almost psychopathic killer. There are many cultural differences between The Adventure of the Speckled Band and Lamb to the Slaughter. We can see many technical advances in Lamb to the Slaughter because of the differing time setting. The Adventure of the Speckled Band has dogcarts, veils and frock coats. Contrasting with this, Lamb to the Slaughter has freezers, cars and ovens. In The Adventure of the Speckled Band, women are regarded as helpless and cannot make decisions.

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  14. Compare the two stories 'The Signalman' by Charles Dickens and 'Lamb to the Slaughter' by Roald Dahl.

    When the police come, she offers them to eat the lamb to hide the evidence. Roald Dahl is famous for writing unrealistic children's books and also short stories. Charles Dickens is famous for writing realistic stories about society and problems, which were mainly novels. Lamb to the slaughter is typical of the nineteen where women were expected to clean, cook and wash at home as the men of the nineteen fifties worked and came home expecting dinner and a clean house. Roald Dahl wrote Lamb to the slaughter in 1954, which would make the stories slightly different to each other because they were written in two different centuries.

    • Word count: 1297
  15. The stories I have been studying are 'Lamb to the Slaughter', which was written by Roald Dahl in 1954 and 'The Speckled Band' written in 1892 by Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle.

    At night, the Doctor releases a snake into Helen's room, but Holmes manages to turn it upon the Doctor, who the snake kills. Both of these stories are murder mysteries and both involve detectives, but the two murderers are very different. Dahl wanted Maloney to be seen as a caring, loving person and a perfect wife, who loved her husband so much that she couldn't stand the thought of being without him. She is distanced as far away from the stereotypical murderer as is possible, being as she, is a heavily pregnant woman.

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  16. In this essay I will try to compare the stories, "Lamb to the Slaughter" and "the Speckled Band" and express some of their similarities and differences.

    She carries on showing love for her husband and offers to cook him dinner. Without a reaction she goes into the cellar and picks out a frozen leg of lamb from the freezer and walks upstairs, still blocking out what he had said to her, she walked into the room and offers to cook him a leg of lamb. He shouts back "for gods sake...Don't make supper for me...I'm going out!" Without a word she walked up behind him and with one-swing beats him across the head with the frozen leg of lamb.

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  17. Lamb To The Slaughter And The Speckled Band compared.

    The increase in the number of the public libraries and reading rooms also helped to promote this. All murder mystery stories need a plot, murderer, victim and motive. If there were no murderer then they would be no victim and so on. If the story didn't have a plot and a motive to it there would be no story because the murderer needs to have a reason for killing the victim, unless you just go around killing everyone for no reason. There are a lot of differences in the two different stories and some of them include the difference in setting.

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  18. Both "Lamb to the Slaughter" and "The Speckled Band" share some of the characteristics of Murder Mysteries. Explain the similarities and differences between the two stories and say which story you think is more compelling to read.

    He also tells us that by the end of the story the truth of Dr Roylotts death will be put to rest by the end of the story. Watson then goes on to tell us that the story began on a morning in early april 1883. This story starts with a dark mood, with Watson waking up to find Holmes standing by his bed ready to see a young woman that looks worried.this mentally prepars you for what is to come because it already tells you that Dr Grimsby Roylott will die.

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  19. Comparison of 'The Speckled Band' by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and 'Lamb to the slaughter' written by Roald Dahl.

    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. Also, 'Lamb to the slaughter is left unsolved, whereas, 'The Speckled Band' is solved. In 'The Speckled Band' the detective is very smart.

    • Word count: 1058
  20. Lamb to the slaughter And The speckled band

    He drank his drink up in one go and usually they go out for dinner on a Thursday night. The victim in "The Speckled Band" is everyone he described her as a lady dressed, in black and heavily veiled, who had been sitting In the window rose as well Entered, This is a quotation show how terrified she is "She raised her veil as she spoke, and we could see that she was Indeed In a pitiable state of agitation." The murderer In Lamp to the slaughter was six months pregnant. "Her skin for this was her sixth month with a child, child had acquired a wonderful translucent quality, her mouth was soft, and her eyes with they new

    • Word count: 1199
  21. For this piece of English Comparison Coursework I am comparing the novels: 'The Jewels' and 'The Lamb to the Slaughter'.

    a sledgehammer, large spanner or a metal vase, Mary then says they have none of those items. She then shows that she is very upset and it gets her off the suspects list, the lamb she has struck Patrick with is eaten by the police because Mary insisted they never continued hungry as Patrick wouldn't like this, making the police force look like idiotic fools, this is also shown by Mary giggling as they ate the evidence. The novel 'The Jewels' is about a man called Monsieur Lantin, who works for the French civil service, who falls in love with a girl who has recently come to Paris from the country.

    • Word count: 1905
  22. Both "The Speckled Band" and "Lamb to the Slaughter" have ingredients for a detective story, i.e. they both have a murderer who is cold and calculating, and just that little bit mad.

    Both stories involve central female characters that are involved in some way in a murder, detectives and some kind of twist at the end. In Lamb to the Slaughter Dahl wanted Mary Maloney to be seen as soft and caring. In many ways he wanted her to be seen as the perfect wife, utterly devoted to her husband. Evidence of this can be seen on p137, with the line "...merely to please her with the thought that each minute gone by made it nearer the time he would come."

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  23. Compare the two approaches to the detective story as shown in "The Speckled Band" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and "Lamb to the Slaughter" by Roald Dahl.

    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has written his story to appeal to the 1890's audience. When books were expensive and were one of the few means of entertainment around. The Speckled Band was written specifically for the upper class, educated people as shown by the language used. Likewise Roald Dahl has written his story to entertain an audience of the 1950's. Therefore this story was written for a larger audience, which explains the simpler language used. In Lamb to the Slaughter the language is informal and more relaxed.

    • Word count: 1637
  24. Compare and contrast two murder mystery stories to assess how typical they are of their genre paying close attention to plot setting, character and language - Lamb to Slaughter by Roald Dahl and A Speckled Band by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

    Television and Books differ in a big way. I prefer the television programmes and this is because they create tension in better ways because they make the camera shots dark and having parts in the plot where it makes you jump by scaring you with the scenery. Where as books just are quite boring unless you have an imaginative mind. This is because you can't when you are reading a book. The features in the plot that you expect to find in a typical murder mystery is that it always involves finding out who the murderer mystery is that it always involves finding out who the murderer is and how he did it.

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  25. Both 'Lamb to the Slaughter' and 'The Speckled Band' share some characteristics of murder mysteries. What are the similarities and differences between the two stories?

    This gives a foreboding atmosphere, which could be used to en-still fear into readers. Another difference is that it is set in 19th Century England. Though both very different, both settings hold a murder to them. Other differences are in the way the characters are depicted. In 'Lamb to the Slaughter' the main character, Mary Maloney, is described as a quiet peaceful person. 'Curiously tranquil...eyes with their new placid look, seemed larger, darker than before.' The writer also indicates that she is pregnant, '...for this was her sixth month with child.' With this description, you would not think of Mary to be a 'typical killer'.

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