Lamb to the slaughter

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                Tom Jackman

Lamb to the slaughter

 Lamb to the slaughter was written by Roald Dahl in 1950. The short story has only a few characters but the most important character is Mary Maloney.  Mary is a pregnant housewife who is attached very strongly to her husband, she often makes dinner for him and feeds his every needs. Her husband is a hard-working policeman who comes home one night in a bad mood. She hangs his coat up for him and makes him a drink showing that she is glad he is home and is happy to be with him this is also shown by “She loved to luxuriate in the presents of this man, and to feel almost like a sunbather and feel the sun. She loved him for the way he sat loosely in his chair, for the way he came in the door, or moved slowly across the room with long strides. She loved the intent, far look in his eyes when they rested on her, the funny shape of the mouth, and especially the way he remained silent about his tiredness”.

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 The story escalates with the audience led to believe that Mr. Malone is leaving his wife and it leaves Mary shocked and extremely upset. The next part of the story shows Mary in a completely different context. After she kills her husband with a frozen leg of lamb she immediately starts creating her alibi. She practices talking to the shopkeeper, to get her voice the right level and to simply act is nothing had happened, once she returns from the shop she begins her act as if she had just found her husband dead, she calls the police and they ...

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