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  1. Compare 'The Speckled Band' and 'Lamb To The Slaughter' referring to the structure language and characterisation - In what ways are the stories typical of the detective story genre?

    The Speckled Band is written in third person narrative. The story begins when the daughter of Dr. Roylett is moved into her older sisters old bedroom because where her bedroom is located, there is building works happening. She isn't very happy about this and this brings up the reason to why her older died a few years before and she begins to investigate about it. Dr. Roylett tells her to forget about it but she doesn't and then hires in a private detective to find out the truth.

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  2. Compare and Contrast the Treatment of Women In the Stories "Tony Kytes: The Arch Deceiver" and "Roald Dahls: Lamb to the Slaughter"

    Ironically three women are pursuing him at once. "Quite the woman's favourite", "but not enough to hurt his looks in a woman's eyes". In Victorian times women were desperate for marriage. They had no place in society without matrimony and as females they had nothing else on offer for them. A woman who had not yet married was called a spinster, which was thought to be the most derogatory label. Lamb to the Slaughter begins by introducing Mary Maloney. She epitomises a stereotypical 1950's housewife and fulfils the criteria laid down in a good housewife's guide.

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  3. The Detective Genre

    In fear of her step father, Julia's sister 'Helen Stoner' seeks out the notorious Detective Sherlock Holmes, in the hope that he could produce evidence to prove how her stepfather, Dr Grimesby Roylott had murdered her sister. Helen believed that Roylott had murdered her sister because she intended to marry, and this would mean he would be obligated to pay for this, with the money left to him by the sister's deceased mother. Renovations to Helens bedroom, meant that she had conveniently been moved in to her sister room which was opportunely next to her stepfathers.

    • Word count: 1885
  4. Both 'The Speckled Band" and "Lamb to the Slaughter" use the ingredients of detective fiction but in very different ways. Compare the way the authors have written the stories to achieve different effects.

    "Lamb to the Slaughter" is a perfect example of this. The victim, murderer and detective are all opposite to the normal stereotypical image. We know who the murderer is straight away. In my opinion the main ingredients of detective fiction are interesting use of language to create mood and feelings such as suspense, fear and excitement. The introduction of irony and twists, clues and characters as the story progresses all keep the reader wanting to know what happens next. "The Speckled Band's" author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has written a very traditional story.

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  5. A Comparison of 'Lamb to the Slaughter' and 'The Speckled Band'

    The characters in 'The Speckled Band' are as follows: firstly Sherlock Holmes, who is highly competent and very intellectual. He is a fine figure of a man and he is also one of the best in his job as well as being a very polite gentleman who is extremely contented in his job. The narrator of the story is Dr.Watson, who is Sherlock Holmes reporter. The victim, who is called Helen Stoner, is a traditional damsel in distress figure as she is an anxious, easily afraid individual who gives the impression of being oppressed.

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  6. "Lamb to the Slaughter" and "The Speckled Band" shares 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.

    Then informs the police, and within hours swarms of officers are searching the house starting their investigation. When they ask her where she was she had a perfect alibi and to get rid of the murder weapon she offers them some lamb while they are searching for the murder weapon. They are happy to oblige and while they are in the kitchen talking about the case she is in the living room giggling to herself. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote the Speckled Band in 1892.

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  7. 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?

    The language used in the stories is a complete contrast. The Speckled Band uses a much more sophisticated vocabulary which is typical for the period of time and the story setting, but in Lamb to the Slaughter the language is much more relaxed and casual which again is typical of the period and the setting of the story. The locations were also totally different. Lamb to the Slaughter was set in a residential area in a large city whilst The Speckled Band was set in an old run down manor on a large estate.

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  8. Wider Reading Assignment

    'The Speckled Band' definitely makes the reader give an opinion because it doesn't show the murder and there are a number of clues to who committed the murder, all pointing at different things. These are called 'Red Herrings' for example the wandering gypsies because they could of committed the murder. 'The Speckled Band is written in long sentences because in that day that was the way people enjoyed reading. It is narrated in 1st person from Dr Watson, Holmes partner in assisting him in solving cases.

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  9. Compare The Speckled Band and Lamb to the Slaughter referring to the structure, language and characterisation. In what ways are the stories typical of the detective story genre ?

    The Speckled Band is set in 221B Baker Street (Holmes house) and at the manor of Stoke-Moran. Whereas the Lamb to the Slaughter features a small house 50 years later typical of the time in what feels to be a totally different country. This is one of the best contrasts with the detective story genre. The one great similarity however is the chosen victim is again a unsuspecting, vulnerable clich´┐Ż of a victim. The theme of The Speckled Band is one of immediate mystery as it's an IH story, which is well known, for it's detective genre whereas Roald Dahl (author of Lamb to the Slaughter)

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  10. The detective genre. A comparison of two characters, settings and atmosphere and the endings in the two short stories, 'The Speckled Band' by Conan Doyle (pre 1900) and 'Lamb To The Slaughter by R. Dhal (past 1900).

    His first Sherlock Holmes story was published in 1887 and continued from there. He wrote all sorts of stories such as, detective, historical, novels and even science fiction stories. Doyle lived to the age of 71. In this section of my essay, I will be comparing the two villains. The two villains are completely different; the villain in 'The Speckled Band' is Dr Roylott and Mary Maloney in 'Lamb To The Slaughter'. Dr Roylott is a traditional villain. He is very bad tempered, but is very clever.

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  11. Alice's Adventures in Wonder Land, James and the Giant Peach

    This is a modern child's story, and even with a century between the publishing of James and Alice, the two stories are incredibly alike in scene structure and character relevance. In both stories there are wonderful but bizarre characters that influence the story and how it develops. In Alice, a strong influence of the story is the Cheshire Cat. Using riddles and word games, he guides Alice through her 'wonderland'. Her aim is to find the white rabbit; a vision which symbolises happiness because she believes could help her get back out of the rabbit hole which she fell down.

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  12. A comparison of two short stories, "Lamb to the Slaughter" by Roald Dahl and "The Speckled Band" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle which considers the ingredients of a good murder mystery and the similarities and differences between them.

    From her behaviour we also learn that she adores her husband and is very keen to please him, perhaps over keen. We know this because when Patrick Maloney arrives home, his wife offers to "get his slippers", "get him another drink" and she refuses to leave him alone when he tells her he doesn't want any supper. Her behaviour, especially after her husband tells her he wants a divorce borders on obsessive. Dr. Grimesby Roylott is very spiteful, which, with his size and intelligence makes him a very intimidating man, he plays upon these traits in an attempt to scare Holmes and Watson away from coming to his house in Stoke Moran.

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  13. Compare "Lamb to the Slaughter" and "The Speckled Band" commenting on any differences you have noticed in setting, content and characterisation.

    In the opening paragraphs of these two stories' I noticed that they are different, in The Speckled Band there is a first person narrator describing all about Sherlock Holmes, acting as his friend, he goes into his affairs and generally finds all about what he does and how he goes about doing it. "In glancing over my notes of the seventy odd cases in which I have during the last eight years studied the methods of my friend Sherlock Holmes, I find many tragic some comic, a large number of merely strange, but none commonplace."

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  14. Both Mrs Maloney And Roylott Are Clever About The Way They Hide The Evidence Of Their Crimes. Why Does Mrs Maloney Get Away With It While Roylott Doesn't?

    The story is based around the Stoner family. The Stoners have been living in the Stoke Moran House for many generations, At one point they had become the richest family in England. As the murders happen in the Stoke Moran House, Helen Stoner is seen as the damsel in distress when he sister suspiciously dies in her room when she's sleeping in the Stoke Moran House. The doctors examined her body for clues on how she died but nothing was found.

    • Word count: 1916
  15. Lamb To The Slaughter And The Speckled Band Are Two Very Different Examples Of Murder Mysteries. Describe Some Of The Ways In Which They Are Different And Some Of The ways In Which They Are The Same.

    Everyone wanted Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to keep writing them and they didn't want the stories to stop. I already knew that Sherlock Holmes is a detective that lived on Baker Street with his partner Dr. Watson. Dr. Watson narrates the stories as Sherlock Holmes best friend and partner. The only victim in Lamb To The Slaughter is Patrick Maloney. At the beginning of the story things are in order. Mary Maloney is happy and contented, and she is pregnant with her first child. She is married to Patrick Maloney, and in a routine that keeps her content.

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  16. Compare 'The Speckled Band' and 'Lamb to The Slaughter' referring to the structure, language and characterisation - In what ways are the stories typical of the detective story genre?

    The story begins as Dr. Watson is looking over Sherlock Holmes' notes for the last seventy cases and it is then the story begins as Dr. Watson begins to describe it. We learn about the case as Dr. Watson is describing how it started and when he says; '.It was early in April, in the year 83...' Conan Doyle makes the reader carry on by leaving mis-leading clues to make you think you know what the 'Speckled Band' is, he only tells you for certain at the very end and has made you read on.

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  17. This essay is comparing "Speckled Band" by "Conan Doyle" to "Lamb to the Slaughter" by Roald Dahl.

    Another good point is that Mrs Maloney was at home possibly as a housewife while Mr Maloney was out at work. This was very popular that the woman stayed at home while the men went out to work in the 1950s. However today it is very popular for both woman and men to go out to work full time. The mood at the beginning of Speckled Band is very motionless and impassive, Holmes and Watson are reading through old documents, organising them and also planning their day ahead, which shows they are very organised and calm.

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  18. A Comparison Between 'The Speckled Band' and 'Lamb to the Slaughter'

    The narrator of 'The Speckled Band' is Dr. Watson. This is very effective on the reader because it makes the reader feel like they are directly involved in the story. 'The Speckled Band' begins with a conversation of Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson and Helen Stoners. It gradually builds up giving away different clues of the murder mystery, which makes you want to read on and see how Dr. Roylott has murdered his step-daughter. The story ends with Sherlock Holmes revealing all of the clues to work out how he puts them all together to work out that Dr.

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  19. Compare and contrast The Monkey's Paw, Lamb to the slaughter and Lost Hearts

    He tells his wife that he is leaving him and has found someone else. His wife is shocked and takes action and stands up for her self. She decides to kill him by hitting him with a "big frozen leg of lamb." The story Lost Hearts is about a young boy who is alone in the world, "left an orphan." His cousin offers to look after him and he goes to stay with him at his mansion, "Aswarby Hall." His cousin, "Mr.

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  20. Compare and Contrast 'Lamb To the Slaughter' with 'The Speckled Band' with close reference to the generic conventions of detective fiction. Which story do you prefer and why?

    The stories both have different layouts and are written differently, 'In Lamb to the Slaughter' all of the action takes place in one night and In one house, In 'The Speckled Band' the story is set around eight years from the moment the twins mother dies, the way it is told allows the story to swift back and forth in time. 'The Speckled Band' is different to 'Lamb to the Slaughter' in the way it is set. In 'The Speckled Band' Helen goes and gets Sherlock Holmes but in 'Lamb to the Slaughter' Mary the murderer calls the police.

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  21. Compare both 'The Speckled Band' and 'Lamb To The Slaughter'

    Mary Maloney manipulates the detectives with her feminine impression, curiously tranquil and placid. Unlike Mary Maloney, Dr. Roylott had a criminal history and he was depicted as a violent man from the beginning. He is a hermit and he is belligerent to his neighbours, people fear him. He has a bizarre interest in exotic and hazardous animals. Mary Maloney is not your typical villain, the murder that occurred in 'Lamb To The Slaughter' was obviously unprompted and unplanned. The murder that was committed by Dr. Roylott in 'The Speckled Band' was scrupulously planned.

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  22. Compare and contrast the stories of Roald Dahl and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Show how each writer creates a sense of mystery, And uses character description, themes and vocabulary to make an effective short story.

    Then the women went to the cellar and got the biggest piece of lamb she could find. She walked back up the stairs and hit him very hard on the back of the head. He fell to the ground. Then she thought what have I done? She walked out the house and went to the shop to buy some vegetables and pudding for her dead husband. She was trying to put on a brave face but it was hard. When she got in she phoned the police and they soon came round.

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  23. Both 'Lamb to the Slaughter' and 'The Speckled Band' shares the some of the characteristics of murder mysteries. Explain the similarities and differences between the two stories and say which story you preferred with clear reasons.

    The two stories are murder mysteries. Lamb to the Slaughter is a about a woman who murders her husband as he has just told her he was going to leave her. ' The Speckled Band is a story of a man who attempts to murder his daughters to receive their inheritance. It is clear that in both of the story openings are similar. They both open in a clam and peaceful mood. ' Lamb to the Slaughter' opens with a happy, cosy atmosphere while Mrs Maloney waits for her husband to arrive back from work.

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  24. Comparison between

    After this Dr Macfarline rushes off into his fly and then to the station. This sets up three mysteries or questions the reader wants answered and is the way Stevenson hooks you into the story. You want to know what conflict there had been between them in the past, why one became famous & successful where the other became an old drunk, unsuccessful & poor. And finally what does 'it' refer to? The Body Snatchers then uses a flashback technique to take us back to when Dr Macfarlane and Fettes were studying at medical school, which is where the murder, deceit and treachery takes place.

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