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  1. Compare 'Lamb to the Slaughter' and 'The Speckled Band'.

    It knocks him over, and kills him. She is very shocked, but still manages to work out an alibi to cover up the death. She decides to pretend that nothing has happened and go to the shop perfectly calmly and normal. This makes Sam the shopkeeper give Mary a good alibi. He would say that when she went to the shop, she acted totally naturally, and he had nothing to suspect. Because Mary's husband was a detective himself she knew the other two detectives that came to the house.

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  2. An Examination of How the Authors of ‘the Speckled Band’ and ‘ Lamb To the Slaughter’ Use Differing Styles and Techniques To Convey Atmosphere, Maintain Interest and Build Suspense.

    involved in the ensuing crime. This approach helps maintain interest and suspense in the early part of the story. A number of other techniques are employed to help confuse and, hopefully, enthuse the reader. Techniques such as the withholding of information, building of pace and the skilful use of language all help to enthuse the reader. The story was written in the late Victorian era. As was fairly typical in this period, it tries to build suspense methodically and gradually. In terms of building a sympathetic, intimate atmosphere, the piece is written from the point of view of Sherlock Holmes' dearest companion, Dr Watson.

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  3. 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? Did any of the stories make you want to read on more than the other?

    He has a love for keeping strange animals, such as a baboon and a cheetah. Dr Roylott is someone you could class as a typical villain. He is described as being, 'so tall that his hat actually brushed the cross bar of the doorway' and that he was, 'marked with every evil passion.' This type of villain is typical of a 19th century story. The victim's sister, Helen Stoner, is the lady who summons Sherlock to solve the mystery of her sister's death. 'Lamb to the Slaughter' is slightly different. There is a slight twist to the story, which Roald Dahl has been known for in the past.

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  4. Detective Fiction comparison 'Lamb to the Slaughter' & 'The Red Headed League'.

    It contains a number of short stories, mostly written in different styles. One thing that is common in all of them, is that they contain a funny taste of humor, we could define as 'black humor'. The title of the story 'Lamb to the slaughter' already gives away the possible plot of the story; we know that a lamb is somehow going to be involved in the story and might be of help in the crime. Roald Dahl cleverly describes the two main characters in a way to make us sympathize with the murderer.

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  5. I am going to compare and contrast the two short stories "The Speckled Band" by Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle, and "Lamb to the Slaughter" by Roald Dahl, by pointing out techniques used which make it a typical or untypical detective or murder mystery story.

    Unlike Dahls story, "The Speckled Band" is a classic 'whodunit', and so, like many 'whodunits' there is suspense. Although both the stories have some of the typical components of a detective story, they are presented differently, the settings are different, the characters and of course the plot, this is what am going to write about in this essay. In "The Speckled Band", the setting of the main part of the story is very typical of the murder mystery genre. The story is set in an old forbidding house.

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  6. A Detailed Comparison Of two Murder mysteries "Lamb to the Slaughter" by R.Dahl and "The Speckled Band" by A.Doyle.

    The horror was set in the Victorian era when Jack the Ripper was the main topic of conversation and fear amongst the public. At that time there were a large number of crimes taking place in the country and the police force had just been introduced, But they were no help to the community mostly because of their lack of experience. Sherlock Holmes on the other hand was an experienced man in solving crimes, and being a detective was his hobby. At the time in which this short story was written it was one of the first detective fiction stories.

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  7. With reference to 'The Speckled Band' by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and 'Lamb To The Slaughter' by Roald Dahl, compare the ways which the writers create atmosphere and tension, give us clues to the endings and suspend our disbelief.

    She then goes out to the grocery store as normal, saying that she needs vegetables for Patrick's supper. She then goes home as normal, not expecting to find anything. She walks in and breaks down into tears, she then rings the police. Two detectives come over and search the house for any clues to the murder. They never even suspect that Mary could be the murderer. She then persuades the detectives to eat the lamb, them not knowing that they are eating the murder weapon. The Speckled Band is also a murder mystery type genre. The main characters in the narrative are Sherlock Holmes, his partner Dr Watson, Helen Stoner and Dr Grimesby Roylott.

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  8. Discuss the presentation of gender and power explored in the short story, Lamb to the Slaughter by Roald Dahl.

    She lets her husband push her around and she doesn't even realise he's doing it, because she only ever wants to make happy. Patrick Maloney is the husband of Mary Maloney and the dominant one in their relationship. In the text he is represented as a stereotypical ungrateful, grumpy husband. Also in the text the Maloney's would be classified as an upper class family but even though this is so, Patrick Maloney still works full time as a Senior Policeman.

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  9. Captain Murderer By Charles Dickens

    He gets to know her well and pretends to love her. He had his teeth filed then had the marriage quickly with the local vicar, they got married instantly. Captain Murderer had garnished flowers on each side. The polite soon will be wife of Captain Murderer said "What are those flowers called they smell nice" "They are called Garnish for House Lamb," he replied He made her have private pastry lessons so she could make perfect pastry with a golden crisp. As she was making one of her amazing pastry she asked, "What kind of pie is this" "It's a meat pie" he replied "But where's the meat" She looked back at him.

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  10. What have you found interesting from your study of crime stories?

    Furthermore, this technique is used to add to suspense. We do not know what the criminal will do next, whether they will commit again, whether they will be found out or whether the criminal will buckle under the pressure and give himself or herself up. In 'The Tell Tale Heart', the criminal buckles under the pressure and he gives himself up. The murder he committed eats him up inside and at the point where the police inquire about a murder he explodes into panicked screams, 'I admit the deed!

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  11. The Case for the Defence and the Call Waiting.

    When they leave the court there is an angry mob one of which pushes one Adam's win in front of a bus he is then killed and the other brother cries but no one knew if the innocent was dead. In the C.W. there is no convicted murderer until the husband a year later investigates his wife's death by ringing his late wife's mobile number and discovering some evidence to convict the murderer from the woman who answers the phone.

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  12. 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.

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  13. How Effective Do You Find "Speckled Band" and "Lamb To The Slaughter" as Murder Mysteries?

    "On the sideboard behind her, two tall glasses, soda water, whisky. Fresh ice cubes in the Thermos Bucket." Although there is calm and relaxed atmosphere, it is a little too calm which creates tension. This setting is very unconventional and does not fit the trend of typical murder mysteries and certainly does not match my prior expectations. The scene of the crime in 'The Speckled Band' is an old house. It is described in an eerie way; "The building was of grey, lichen - blotched stone, with a high central portion and two curving wings, like the claws of a crab, thrown out on each side.

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  14. In "Lamb to the Slaughter," Roald Dahl effectively develops the protagonist, MaryMaloney both directly and indirectly.

    was curiously tranquil." (Dahl 10) The following quote expresses her as a calm and serene person by how tranquil her actions was, and how she was physically and mentally through her day-to-day life. Mary Maloney awaits happily each night for the arrival of her husband, Patrick home from work, now and then she would she would glance at the clock, without anxiety merely to please herself with the thought that each minute gone by made it nearer to the time he would come.

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  15. Analytical essay on Roald Dahl's 'The Landlady'.

    Surprised and suspicious, he begins questioning the older woman about the two men, whose names Billy recognizes. As he tries to pinpoint where he's heard of them, the woman constantly tries to change the subject and is ever so insistent on him drinking his tea. The woman reveals personal information about the last two boarders that alarms Billy, and he begins to realize a few things, like how the pets are stuffed, the woman is a fanatic taxidermist, how she smells of hospital corridors and how the tea tastes of bitter almonds, the same taste as arsenic...

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  16. Stone Cold.

    Laughing Boy Two turned up on my very doorstep! I had stalked that piece of excrement for weeks, ever since him and his pathetic Ginger mate laughed in my face. Scum like that need to be taught a lesson and I certainly taught copper-k**b a lesson he would never forget. When I saw Laughing Boy Two standing on within reach I couldn't believe my luck. By golly, my plan was finally working. I did what I always do -bumble, dither, make a fuss of Sappho.

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  17. 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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  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.

    The writer describes how the room was "warm and clean, the curtains drawn, the two table lamps alight..." and how she had prepared drinks for her husbands return. It was Thursday afternoon and she was excited and pleased wit the thought of her husbands return. "She would glance up at the clock... merely to please herself with the thought that each minute gone by made it nearer to the time when he would come." She loved her husband dearly and would do anything for him. "This was always a blissful time of day," everything was prepared, planned, but mainly everything was normal.

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  19. Oral presentation - "Both Mrs. Maloney (Lamb to the slaughter) and Roylott (The speckled band) are clever about the way they hide the evidence of their crimes. Why does Mrs. Maloney get away with it while Roylott doesn't?"

    Why does Mrs. Maloney get away with it while Roylott doesn't?" During our discussion we covered the following areas: ? Social, cultural and historical background ? Characters and relationships ? Motives and weapons ? Detectives and their methods ? Conclusion We discussed social, historical and cultural background as we felt this was very relevant to the question in that Mrs. Maloney was treated kindly by the police and was not found to be the murderer because of her social status and also because she was a women.

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  20. Write a comparison of 'the speckled bank' and 'lamb to the slaughter' concentrating on how they are effective murder mystery stories.

    The policeman (the victim) owned a car "she heard the tyres on the gravel outside and the car door slamming". The dialogue was also different to The Speckled Bank using words such as "Hullo" implying the modern way of abbreviating and shortening sentences. In The Speckled Bank sentences tend to be a lot more elaborate. In both stories a murder is committed and both stories contrast in style a great deal. The Speckled Bank is more of a typical murder story. Dr Grimesby Roylott is a textbook murderer. He has a nasty temper which has already seen him in prison.

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  21. 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.

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  22. 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.

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  23. 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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  24. Comparing the Build up of Suspense in "Lamb to the Slaughter" and "The Speckled Band".

    In the first section of "Lamb to the Slaughter", until the immediate aftermath of the murder of Mr. Maloney, almost immediately Dahl steadily builds up suspense. The scene is described, "The room was warm and clean, the curtains drawn..." The witty reader would have already noticed that the curtains were drawn, it does not take a great deal of imagination to think someone is about to do something intended to be kept away from prying eyes. We are told "Mary Maloney was waiting for her husband to come home from work.'

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  25. 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.

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