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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. How effective is Dahl's use of subtext in his short stories?

    This is subtext because it suggests that the house is empty. Subtext can also be suggested through temperature. All the way through the story, temperature is used subtextually to suggest meanings and feelings. The weather outside was cold. A cold temperature is subtext for death. 'The air was deadly cold and the wind was like a flat blade of ice', this is pathetic fallacy because it is typical horror genre weather. Inside the house heat is used to cover up the coldness of death. 'A bright fire burning' is used to make the house seem warm.

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Compare and contrast 'Lamb to the Slaughter' and 'The Speckled Band.' To what extent are they typical of murder mystery stories?

    To begin with everything is going fine and things are going on the same, as they would do every other day. The husband has just got home from work and his wife asks him how his day has been 'Hullo darling' she says and then gets him a drink. The fact it is just like every other day shows in the relaxed atmosphere, which is described as 'a blissful time of day' The atmosphere also seams to be warm and cosy as she was 'luxuriating in his company' Where as in the Speckled Band the setting is really as you would expected a murder mystery setting to be.

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  8. 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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  9. Speckled band detectives

    Lamb To The Slaughter The detectives in Lamb To The Slaughter are not named. The policemen are Noonan and O'Malley. Noonan and O'Malley are friends with the victim. The detectives and the policemen get paid a salary. The detectives are not very clever. We know this when the detectives rule out Mary as a possible suspect in this crime. All detectives are suppose to make each person who was close to the victim and the crime a possible suspect but, the detectives in this story ruled Mary Maloney out as she had no motive and also because she had an alibi.

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  10. Lamb to the Slaughter and The Speckled Band are both examples of the murder mystery genre. Explore the similarities and differences in these two examples of the genre.

    We find out that Mary loves Patrick to bits and cherishes every moment she spends with him. She adores every little thing about this man, "She loved him for the way he sat loosely in a chair...She loved the intent, far look in his eyes." After the couple have their usual drink, Patrick explains something to Mary. As the readers, we don't get an insight to what is being said, but we do get a picture of what it is about. "Of course I'll give you money and see you're looked after," Patrick says. We come to the conclusion that whatever Patrick has said, really shocked and bewildered Mary.

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  11. Comparing Lamb to the Slaughter & The Speckled band

    In his stories for adults he writes about regular everyday people and their lives. Second Paragraph Sir Arthur Canan Doyle wrote the speckled band in the eighteen-eighty's it was later published. Sir Arthur Canan Doyle stories are well known for his famous characters such as the dective Sherlock Holmes and his trusty sidkick Dr watson they always solve their cases and they are always precedent. Third Paragraph Pactric Monly was the victim in Lambs to the Slaughter, Pactric Monly is acting odd so she knows something is wrong.

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  12. A comparison of two murder stories "The Speckled Band" A. Conan. Doyle "Lamb To The Slaughter" Roald Dahl

    The other main difference is the language used in the stories. The language is different, because of the type of reader the story is written for. 'The Speckled Band' was written for a high-class group of people, who where used to a more formal use of words, and a more complicated vocabulary. 'Lamb To The Slaughter' was written in a more informal way, because it was written for a wide range of people, so needed to be easy for different types of people to read.

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  13. 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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  14. Looking closely at the author's style of and choice of words, compare the Withered Arm and Lamb to the Slaughter. Which story do you prefer and why?

    Then he crashed to the carpet". P5 "In the Withered Arm, "Gertrude tells the hangman that she wants to touch the body to cure her arm. He promises to help her if she pays him some money. The next day, Gertrude waits at the small gate in prison wall. She is called into the prison and goes to where the body will be. She wears a veil so her face cannot be seen.

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  15. Compare and Contrast 'Lamb to the Slaughter' And 'The Speckled Band' As Murder Mysteries

    This is archaic language, which is not regularly used nowadays. Roald Dahl uses short but sharp sentences, and writes as if he is talking to a friend. The two stories are both classed as murder mysteries, however when comparing these two stories the styles of writing and the way in which the stories are presented is completely different. An example of this would be the chronological order of each of the stories. What I mean by this is the traditional order of murder mysteries would be body, a motive, a weapon, a death, a suspect, an alibi and detectives.

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  16. 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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  17. 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 of the two you find more compelling.

    Or will she get away with it? It is different to traditional detective stories, because they usually do not reveal whom the murderer is until the very end, which also keeps the reader in suspense but using a different technique. "The Speckled Band" is written in first-person narrative and in the past tense. This gives the reader a more realistic impression of the story, and makes it seem true. Dr. Roylott is described as eccentric and dangerous, showing us that he is very likely to be the murderer.

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  18. Lamb to the Slaughter and The Speckled Band Comparative Essay

    The stories are set in different places and therefor have a lot of differences. The Roald Dahl story is set in America and features Police where as the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's story is set in England and featured detectives this shows that there may be a deeper investigation into the murder. In "Lamb to The Slaughter" the police show a certain amount of unprofessional behaviour this is shown in several ways for instance the policemen drink on the job also they don't look at the possibilities they just stick to one idea and they don't really consider that Mary Maloney could have been the killer.

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  19. What are the similarities and differences in the two stories? (Roald Dahl-Lamb to the slaughter, The Speckled band-Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)

    "This is going to be a bit of a shock to you, I'm afraid, he said. "But I've thought about it a good deal and I've decided the only thing to do is tell you right away. I hope you don't blame me too much" And he told her. It didn't take very long, four or five minutes at most, and she sat very still through it all, watching him with a kind of dazed horror as he went further and further away from her with each word. "So there it is," he added. "And I know it's kind of a bad time to be telling you but there simply wasn't any other word.

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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. Lamb to the slaughter written by Roald Dahl and the Speckled Band a Sherlock Holmes story written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

    Helen stoner is described as being in "a pitiable state of agitation, her face all drawn and grey, with restless, frightened eyes, like those of some hunted animal." She also seems much more frightened and in trouble. She is innocent. Helen's mother married Dr Roylott and was killed eight years ago in a train accident. These women are both similar because they both rely on men for money but the detectives treat each of them differently.

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  23. The Speckled band v Lamb to the Slaughter

    I'm then going to talk about how "The Speckled Band" and " Lamb to the Slaughter" relate and differ from the basic detective story. In the traditional/basic detective stories there are several main points. The main characteristic of a detective story is the crime. Obviously for there to be a crime there must be a criminal. There's usually a detective as a protagonist to solve the crime, he or she will need some help so they have a sidekick. Usually the crime is towards a victim i.e.

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  24. 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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  25. There Are Certain Requirements For A Good Short Story. How Far Are These Met In Two Short From Different Centuries.(A Vendetta - Guy de Maupassant and The Landlady)

    The setting of vendetta is very quiet and has a slow plot. As well as a slow plot A Vendetta is also very dark and mysterious. Maupassant makes the story very quiet at the beginning when he writes that the houses are spread around like birds nests' this suggesting that this place or town is forbidding and unwelcoming again its adding a mysterious touch to the story. Vendetta is very cold and dangerous whereas The Landlady, which was written by Roald Dahl, has a very comfortable feel about it even though there is an aspect of murder in the story.

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