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  1. Both ‘Lamb to the Slaughter’ and ‘A Speckled Band’ shares characteristics of classic detective fiction. With close reference to these two stories, compare Conan Doyle and Dahl’s different approaches to the genre

    'Lamb to the Slaughter' is written in third person, this gives an objective view and not a character perspective. You feel involved in the story and can judge for your self whether the murder had a motive that could even justify the killing. You are already in on who, when and why the murderer killed but the tension and drama comes because you don't know whether she (the murderer) will get away with it. You see and experience the murder and experience the emotions, you experience this in 'a speckled band but you don't really experience why Dr. Grimesby Roylott kills and tries to kill again.

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  2. How does Roal Dahl create unease and tension in 'The Landlady'

    The fact that he is relatively young and inexperienced might add to the chance of being misled. Because he is so young, he seems quite an innocent figure in the story. "a line of tall houses on each side, all of them identical". "the handsome fa´┐Żades were cracked and blotchy". This town seems unnatural to have a line of houses, each identical to one another, even in their states of ruin. Also the tallness of the houses can seem like stretched houses, when someone looks at a whole line of them. This could signify a certain distortion in the town; a twisted town which shouldn't be trusted.

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  3. 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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  4. The Signalman by Charles Dickens and Lamb to the Slaughter by Roald Dahl

    The home seems idyllic as it is "warm and clean" with the "curtains drawn". Dahl uses words like "warm, clean, fresh, smiling, soft, blissful, rested, and silent" to lull the reader into a false sense of security. He describes the setting so intimately; the reader is enveloped by it. It seems to play with the reader's mind. Dahl is manipulating the reader so that the shock will have great impact when it comes. In Lamb to the Slaughter, the main character we meet is Mrs.Maloney and the story is told from her point of view.

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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 of ‘Lamb To the Slaughter’ By Roald Dahl and ‘the Signalman’ By Charles Dickens.

    Also, at this day in age, women were considered only as housewives. Roald Dahl didn't agree with stereotypes and liked his stories to have an unexpected twist to them, because his auntie always told him stories with a happy ending. Charles Dickens, who was also a British novelist, is one of the most popular writers in the history of literature. Charles was born near Portsmouth and spent his happiest period of his troubled childhood in Chatham, although the family moved around a lot. His family was in financial trouble by 1824, and so Charles, at the age of twelve, was sent to work for a few months at a shoe - polish warehouse on the banks of the Thames.

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  7. With reference to the genre of murder mysteries, what are the similarities and differences between Dahl’s “Lamb to the Slaughter” and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Adventure of the Speckled Band”?

    Not all murder mysteries follow these conventions completely, but most of them include at least a few of them. In Roald Dahl's "Lamb to the Slaughter" the story opens with us meeting the murderer, then we meet the victim, we then find out the motive and the murder happens. The murderer then creates an alibi and the police investigation begins. After that the murderer distracts the police and manipulates them into destroying the only piece of evidence. In " The Adventure of the Speckled Band" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Watson is recalling the story. It starts with the victim telling Holmes about her sister's murder and about fearing for her own life, the murderer the threatens Holmes to keep out of his business.

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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.

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  11. Both lamb to the slaughter and the speckled band share some of the same characteristics of a murder mystery story. Discuss the differences and similarities.

    Murder mysteries are usually made up of many ingredients, such as a weapon, a victim and a murder. Lamb to the slaughter and the speckled band are similar in several ways. For example, there is a murder, which needs solving; also the murder weapons are both animals. Both writers build up the tension in their stories and leave clues so that the reader tries to solve the crimes themselves. The stories use detectives to solve the murders. These are very different though because Lamb To The Slaughter detectives were tricked into eating the murder weapon. There are also many differences in both stories.

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  12. 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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  13. 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.

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  14. How do the Authors you have studied Present Fear, Suspense and Tension in their short stories?

    The Roald Dahl story "The Landlady" starts off with a boy called Billy Weaver looking for a place to stay for the night. The fact that it is night and the moon is up over a starry night, gives the town an eerie sense to it as if it's a special night where something is going to happen. Also the point is that it is nighttime suggests that there are going to be few people on the streets. It starts with a welcoming smile from the landlady, and it leads into a warm house with burning fireplace, animals on the floor and a bird in a cage.

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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. Lamb to the Slaughter and Vendetta

    This little village is known as Bonifacio. Main Similarities that occurred in both stories are: - Both stories have a narrative voice of 3rd person - Both have a narrative viewpoint on the main female character i.e. we see all events through the point of view of either Mary Maloney or Widow Saverini - Both of the stories are murder stories - Both stories deal with revenge but in different ways - Both the murders in the stories are women - Both the murders in each story get away with the murder - Both the women have an effective alibi - Both the women manage to fool

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  18. Compare the authors attitudes towards the Women in the detective stories by Roald Dahl and Conan Doyle.

    Helen comes to Holmes and Watson for help, as she is frightened of her stepfather Grimesby Roylott. She has probably already been to the police about him but she would be turned away as she's a woman and would take her wealthy respected stepfathers side. She comes in shivering and Holmes and Watson make the assumption that she is cold and offer her coffee and tell her to sit by the fire. This shows Holmes and Watson are a bit patronising towards her and the audience see them as superior to her.

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  19. "The Speckled Band" by Arthur Conan Doyle and "Lamb to the Slaughter" by Roald Dahl both belong to the genre of murder/crime stories. In what ways are they similar and how do they differ?

    Julia's last words referred to "The speckled band!" as the cause of death. The famous detective, Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Dr. Watson investigate and manage to prevent the murder of Helen. They discover the culprit as her violent father Dr. Grimesby Roylott and the cause of death for Julia as an Indian swamp adder poisoning her. "Lamb to the slaughter" tells the story of a pregnant, devoted housewife, Mary Maloney. Her husband Patrick, a police officer, arrives home one evening and tells Mary some bad news. Out of anger, Mary whacks him across the head with a frozen leg of lamb.

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  20. Comparing Roald Dahl’s Lamb to the slaughter to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes & the speckled Band

    Stoner who it appears by the way she is clad is in mourning of her deceased sister. To compare the two main females of the stories one is a young woman 6 months pregnant quite happy and content been a housewife and happily married who has a "wonderful translucent quality about her". The other is also a young woman but due to the stresses of life she has aged very prematurely her hair was "shot with a premature grey" her, sister was killed in very mysterious circumstances and "she had no pleasure in her life" which may be in danger ".

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  21. 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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  22. 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.

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  23. “Lamb to the Slaughter” and “The Speckled Band”

    You can tell the villain straight away because he is just evil and he has no good points in him what so ever. His evil shows when he pushes a person in to the lake. The detectives in "Lamb to the Slaughter" are not very clever because they rule the wife out for being the suspect because she is so nice. Then they eat the murder weapon and any good detective should know not to touch anything on the murder scene. The detective in "The Speckled Band" is very clever and he is strong he isn't scared of the villain.

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  24. Compare the two short stories, ‘The Signalman’ by Charles Dickens and ‘Lamb to the Slaughter’ by Roald Dahl.

    The Signalman is a story where a ghost appears when the signalman goes to check the trains, whenever the ghost appears a person will die on the railway. I think that Roald Dahl was trying to make the point that Mary loved her husband enough to kill him. I also think that Dickens was trying to make a point but I am not sure what. The two stories are both similar in the way that they both contain murders or deaths.

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  25. 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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