Atmosphere and Tension in The Speckled Band by Air Arthur Conan Doyle and Lamb to the Slaughter by Roald Dahl
Both the stories I am analysing are murder mysteries and they are set
in very different time periods.
Summary of stories "lamb to the slaughter"
The lamb to the slaughter was a murder mystery story based on a
troubled couple. Mary Malone is a keen housewife who is deeply in love
with her husband and will do nearly anything to please him. Her
husband is a police detective and a man of real authority.
The story begins with Mary's husband coming home from work, she is
fussing around her husband but he is unusually quiet. After a while he
breaks news to his wife that he is leaving her. Mary tries to ignore
the situation and asks her husband what he would like for supper, he
doesn't reply. She gets up and gets some lamb out of the freezer and
without thinking runs up and hits her husband over the head.
After this Mary begins to think of a cover up plan, she touches up her
make up and makes an appearance at her local grocery acting as natural
as possible. On her return home she makes out that she has only just
found her husband dead and phones the police, she sobs to make out
that it was a brutal murder and to defend her innocence.
The police arrived and began searching the house for clues and a
possible murder weapon. (They didn't suspect Mary was the murderer.)
Mary knew she had to get rid of the murder weapon and so offered the
investigation team the lamb at which she killed her husband with. The
inspectors ate the lamb and the murder weapon had gone.
Summary of stories "The speckled band"
The speckled band was another murder mystery taken from the stories
about Watson and Sherlock Holmes. This story delved into one of their
The story begins with Sherlock waking up Watson and explaining of a
women in need of their help. They arrive downstairs to greet a women
named Helen Stoner. She begins to explain her worries about her fiery
stepfather who she believes murdered her sister. She begins to explain
the of her family and talks of her close relationship with her sister,
Sherlock arranges a visit to Helen's home to try to get to the bottom
of her sisters murder. She left.
Soon after Sherlock and Watson was disturbed by a man who stormed into
their office, it was Dr. Roylott( Helen's Stepfather). He had followed
Helen to Sherlock's office and had harsh words to say and threatened
Sherlock and Watson arrived at the Roylott's home and Sherlock began
scrutinising the rooms in question for clues to the murder. After
carrying out his analysis he stated to Watson and Helen that the only
he would get to the bottom of the suspicious murder was to spend a
night at the house.
Sherlock and Watson sat and waited in the room where...