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  1. Compare and contrast Roald Dahls -Lamb to the Slaughter and Arthur Conan-Doyle’s - The Adventure of the Speckled Band

    It is also ironic as it is the only piece of evidence available. In contrast, The Adventure of the Speckled Band is a murder mystery story. We do not know who the murderer is and the reader is kept waiting until the end to find out who. In the two stories both Arthur Conan Doyle and Roald Dahl use several different techniques which make each of their stories more interesting in different ways. A common way we see in murder stories is the main focus on the detective , as shown in The Adventure of the Speckled Band , but in Lamb to the Slaughter the focus is mainly on Mrs.

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  2. Compare and Contrast Roald Dahl's Lamb to the Slaughter with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Adventure of the Speckled Band

    The sentences in 'Adventure of the Speckled Band' are very short and complex "It was early in April in the year '83 that I woke one morning" and "I had no keener pleasure" also back up my statement. The speech and description in 'Lamb to the Slaughter' is occasionally reported, shortened, but not in 'Adventure of the Speckled Band' where Watson does not sum up what Sherlock Holmes has just said or described. The setting in 'Lamb to the Slaughter' is described as warm and cosy by the writer to make it seem that this is not a murder story

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  3. Compare ‘The Speckled band’ and the ‘Lamb to the Slaughter’ referring to the structure, language and characterisation. In what ways are the stories typical or not typical of the murder mystery genre?

    Mary is also pregnant at this time. Patrick Maloney is a kind caring man towards his wife. Until we learn that he is leaving her. We do not know why he is leaving her he only talks about it. This is when Mary's character changes from being warm hearted towards he husband, to being a cold-blooded murderer. In The Speckled Band the victim is clear from the beginning of the story we are told about the victim's death and the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.

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  4. How typical of the murder mystery story is “The Speckled Band” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and “Lamb to the Slaughter” by Roald Dahl? Which of these stories do you prefer and why?

    When this is compared to the language used in "Lamb to the Slaughter" the language is quite the opposite. Shorter sentences and less formal language is a key feature in Roald Dahl's work. A lack of archaic words in his text also sets it apart from "The Speckled Band" and many other works by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. A Quote "Now and again he would glance up at the clock, but without anxiety merely to please though that each minute gone by was a minute near to the time he came home" As with the "The Speckled Band" it is

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  5. 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.

    Sherlock Homes soon became a great hero to the public of the time, and when Arthur Conan Doyle decided to kill off his character Sherlock Homes, Sir Arthur began to receive death threats, as the public wanted to keep Sherlock Homes alive. This shows just how much a Victorian Britain loved Sherlock Homes as he cracked the cases to defeat the villain. Sherlock Homes is now one of the most popular detectives of all times, and still lives on in books, television and even films.

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  6. Comparison Between ‘The Speckled Band’ and ‘Lamb To The Slaughter’.

    He arrives and she tells him 'Hullo darling' and he replies 'Hullo'. This shows me that he is tired or there is something on his mind. She says 'Tired Darling?' and he replies 'Yes!' He drinks unusually quickly, he goes for another and Mary offers to get it for him. He is offered some 'cheese' and then some 'supper'. She tells him that she has 'a leg of lamb', and then she is told that he is leaving her. She walks up the stairs holding the 'thin bone end of it'. As she enters the room he orders her not to make any for him as he is going out.

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  7. How did Roald Dahl create atmosphere and tension in the story Lamb to the Slaughter?

    This quote shows that she is not impatient or worried and when Mr Maloney will arrive home. Her husband is always on time, and she is becoming excited now that it is drawing near to the time that he would normally arrive. "When the clock said ten minutes to five she began to listen, and a few moments later, punctually as always, she heard the tyres on the gravel outside". When he pulls into the drive she can see "the flash of light through the gap in the curtains" now that he has arrived the household is complete and she

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  8. How fear and suspense is formed during the two short stories ‘The Landlady’ and ‘A terribly strange bed’.

    This descriptive opening to the story suggests that Billy is in a hostile environment. By doing this the author is generating apprehension and expectancy. In 'A terribly strange bed' we are first told of the date then the setting. The date was 1856 and the setting was France. This in itself is a major difference to The Landlady, because the setting is a different country and the date nearly 100 years earlier. We as an audience are told that the main character 'Monsieur Faulkner' wants to go to a gambling house.

    • Word count: 1954
  9. Comparing Stories – Lamb to the Slaughter and The Speckled Band

    Roald Dahl has led us to believe she is a calm individual, not capable of committing a murder. The story also tells us that she is six months pregnant, making her actions even more shocking. Unlike the SB there is no mystery as to how the murder is committed, but the SB harbours a much more stereotypical murderer. Dr. Grimesby Roylott is discovered to be the murderer in the SB. The aspects of this murder are a lot less surprising than those is LTTS. 'A large face, seared with a thousand wrinkles, burned yellow with the sun, and marked with every evil passion'.

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  10. Discuss how suspense and tension are created in‘Lamb to the Slaughter’ and ‘The Speckled Band’

    'The Speckled Band' is a thrilling mystery about a detective called Sherlock Holmes, who tries to solve one of his most 'unusual' cases. The story is narrated by Dr Watson, a friend and accomplice of Holmes. It starts when a woman arrives at Holmes' home early in the morning. She needs his help. Helen tells Holmes about her twin sister's mysterious death two years ago. She tells him how Julia, her sister, couldn't go to sleep on the night she died, because of her stepfather, Dr Roylott, who was smoking cigars and she then went to Helens room and they talked for about an hour.

    • Word count: 1950
  11. Compare the Speckled Band With Lamb To the Slaughter

    Was it planed? These are some of the question that were in my head after I read the story. Their were many characters involved in the Speckled Band unlike the Lamb to the Slaughter, as their was a very few characters. In the Speckled Band there were the family called the Roylott's, the two sisters Julia and Helen Stoner, the Gypsies that lived on the plantations and the detectives Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson. Dr Grimesby Roylott married Mrs Stoner in India as they returned to England Mrs Stoner died. Mrs Stoner had twins before she married Dr Roylott.

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  12. Compare the Old Soldier in a “A Terribly Strange Bed” with “The Land lady” in Dahl’s story. What are the similarities and differences between them?

    We find that he is rich from the fact that he is an English man who went to college in France. Education was paid for in them days and to go to college in France you had to be rich. In Victorian times people are obsessed with the appearance and social class. In the 19th century you were either rich or poor for there were no social classes in between. The Old Soldier may have done this deed on Mr Faulkner because he was so jealous that he was richer than he was.

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  13. Lamb to the slaughter and the Speckled band.

    Maybe this is another reason because people my be curious about what things were things were like and because it's different. Even before I read the story I knew some details about Sherlock homes from cartoons. I also knew that he was exceptionally good detective. The victims in lab to the slaughter Mary Moloneys husband Patrick Maloney. He was a detective as we find out in the story. Before the murder takes place the author leads you up to the unexpected murder.

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  14. GCSE English Coursework - Wide Reading Assignment - 'Lamb to the Slaughter' by Roald Dahl, and 'The Speckled Band'

    Lamb to the Slaughter and The Speckled Band are no exception to these "guidelines". The Speckled Band follows this order and is a very traditional murder mystery; Lamb to the Slaughter on the other hand does not follow the conventional style of murder mysteries and follows its own order. This order would be a motive, a weapon, a death, a killer, an alibi and detectives. In changing the traditional order of murder mysteries I feel that Dahl is mocking the genre of Murder Mysteries.

    • Word count: 1935
  15. Lamb to the slaughter and The speckled band

    On reading Lamb to the slaughter, you find that Roald Dahl has not opted for a typical murderer or victim. The murderer is a female who is heavily pregnant and seems to be happily married. I am presuming she is happily married because "she would glance up at the clock", "merely to please herself with the thought that each minute gone by made it nearer the time he would come". The victim is very different as well. The victim is a male police senior, portrayed as very dominant.

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  16. The speckled band and The lamb to the slaughter

    He also pays a lot of attention to detail as shown when he notices the dummy bell rope, the ventilator that does not ventilate, and the bed is bolted to the floor. He is an intelligent man because he does not say if he has any suspicions of who or what killed Helen. ' I should prefer to have clearer proofs before I speak'. He is very good at linking all the clues found together ' the lady could not move her bed.

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  17. Comparison of "Lamb to the Slaughter" and "The Speckled Band"

    and the other in the twentieth century (Lamb to the Slaughter), however this will be explored later in my essay. One thing to note about "Lamb to the Slaughter" is that although it has been written in the twentieth century, the style in witch it is written is still different to how authors write today. The first difference between the two stories is the way the writers actually begin them. In "Lamb to the Slaughter" it sets the scene for the reader and you feel as if you are actually in the room with Mary Maloney (the murderer).

    • Word count: 1904
  18. Both “Lamb to the Slaughter” and “The Adventures of the Speckled Band” share some of the characteristics of murder mysteries. With reference to structure, language and characterisation, explain the similarities and differences between

    however in SB, which is a traditional detective story, the genre is "whodunit?". In LS, the Maloney couple (will be a family) are portrayed as two quiet but content people (not the husband as the audience will find out). Dahl depicts the characters Mary Maloney (Mary) as peaceful, calm and uncomplainingly waiting for her husband, Patrick to come home from work. The murderer in SB is Dr.Roylott, who is Helen's stepfather, is portrayed as strong, "he is a man of immense strength" violent, "...absolutely uncontrollable in his anger" and had a constant shocking temper, "...ferocious quarrels with whoever might cross his path".

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  19. Both Mary Maloney and Dr Roylott are clever about the ways they hide the evidence. Why does Mary Maloney get away with it and Dr Roylott does not?

    the Roylott house dates back over 'Two hundred years' It over shadows a local village leaving the Roylotts in total abandonment from the village people. Living in Stoke Moran is Dr Roylott with his two stepdaughters Helen and Julia. Also living with them under Dr Roylotts control is a baboon and a cheetah. Strangely, Dr Roylott also allows gypsies to roam around the grounds of Stoke Moran. 'The Speckled Band' tells of the love for one sister and the hatred of two sisters for their stepfather.

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  20. Compare the murder mysteries of “A Lamb To A Slaughter” and “The Speckled Band”

    "He had finished the second drink and was staring down into the glass, frowning." In the 'Speckled Band' the victim is Miss Helen Stoner. When we first see her in the story she was wearing black, veiled and grey haired. She was shivering and terrified "we could see that she was indeed in a pitiable state of agitation, her face all drawn and grey, with a restless frightened eyes, like of those of some hunted animal", "the lady gave a violent start", "It is fear, Mr Holmes. It is terror." In 'Lamb to the Slaughter' the murderer was Mary Maloney.

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  21. Comparison of “Lamb to the Slaughter” and“The Adventure of the Speckled Band”detective stories.

    This title does play tricks though, because whenever you read about something speckled, you think that this must be what you are looking for. At first, I did this with the cheetah, and the Gypsies speckled bandanas. I think that Roald Dahl's title is smarter as it is mysterious and has two meanings, where as Conan Doyle's title is just a summary of the story. The beginning of 'Lamb to the Slaughter' tells us about Mary Maloney and her home.

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  22. ‘The Speckled Band’ and ‘Lamb to the Slaughter’

    We never read this in 'lamb to the slaughter's' detective, because the story is more recent, the reader imagines him to just be wearing a plain suit, nothing like how stereotypical detectives are based on Homes. The one thing we know about Holmes is his intelligence and how clever he is. He spots things that the average eye would not, the smallest clue or piece of evidence and he gets to his conclusions through deductive reasoning ' I had come to these conclusions before ever I had entered his room', he sees significance in things, which are just common accurances.

    • Word count: 1861
  23. Compare the settings of A Terribly Strange Bed and The Landlady. How do these add to the suspense of the stories?

    This tells the reader that what goes on in the gambling den could be unsafe. The gambling den contrasts with the pleasant scene of the city, it is 'horrible', and only seems to attract 'lamentably true types - of their respective classes'. The narrator uses the words 'weird' and 'tragedy' when describing the feeling he gets from the den. Yet, he still enters instead of leaving, as he still feels there is an aspect of excitement and fun present there.

    • Word count: 1903
  24. Compare and contrast the two short stories ‘ Lamb to the Slaughter’ and ‘ The Speckled Band’ In this essay I’m going to compare and contrast the two short stories, ‘Lamb to the Slaughter’ and ‘The Speckled Band

    He helps to build up the suspense by starting by saying "There are parts of the story where Dr Watson needs another character to fill in part of the story. Near the start of the story Helen Stoner needs to tell her part and therefore becomes the narrator when she tells Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson about how her sister died. Later in the story Sherlock Holmes himself has to add his part to the narrative by telling all about how he managed to solve the mystery.

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