Compare And Contrast Lamb To The Slaughter And The Speckled Band

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Compare and Contrast Lamb to the Slaughter and The Speckled Band

‘Lamb to the Slaughter’ and ‘The Speckled Band’ are both written is
separate eras and cultures, and these differences are reflected in the
way the authors use language, structure and moral techniques in their
stories. How ever, there are some similarities in these stories as
both are of the thriller genre.

The story ‘Lamb to the Slaughter’ is about a husband and a wife whose
relationship comes to a sudden halt. The sweet innocent wife Mary
Maloney kills Mr. Maloney due to that he wants to divorce her. Mary
becomes very shocked and confused and kills Mr. Mahoney with a Leg of
Lamb. Mary produces an act to hide herself from the murder. The police
do not realise this and she gets away.

The story ‘The Speckled Band’ is not very different to ‘Lamb to the
Slaughter’ but it has some differences. The story is about a Detective
who finds himself and his partner trying to work out a case of murder.
Dr. Roylott is the person who is suspected of being the guilty one but
in the end he gets killed himself. ‘The Speckled Band’ is set in
Victorian England. This was a time when England was a terrible place
to live. Crime was high in the slums of London but when the Sherlock
Holmes stories began to appear attitude started to change. Sherlock
Holmes became the perfect detective as he cracked every case and
always defeated evil. The setting of the stories reinforces 19th
Century morality. The murder it self is set in an old mansion in the
countryside “A picture of ruin”.

‘Lamb to the Slaughter’ however is portrayed as being set in modern
Ireland in an ordinary house with an ordinary couple. The names of the
couple help us to predict where the couple are living ‘Mr and Mrs
Maloney’. The murder is set in the living room of the house. “The room
was warm and clean, the curtains drawn, the two table lamps alight –
hers and the one by the empty chair opposite. On the sideboard behind
her, two tall glasses, soda water, whisky. Fresh ice cubes in the
Thermos Bucket.” This not one of the most suspecting rooms that a
murder could take place in but in ‘Lamb to the Slaughter’ it is used
as the room for the murder.
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In ‘Lamb to the Slaughter’ the villain is Mary Maloney. She was
married to the victim Patrick Maloney. Mary Maloney was pregnant and
looked beautiful “Her skin…for this was her sixth month with a
child…had acquired a wonderful translucent quality, the mouth was soft
and the eyes, with their placid look, seemed larger, darker than
before.” Her motive for murdering her husband was because he has told
her he would be leaving her for someone else. Mary was very worried
about getting caught so she produced an act to remove her self from
the suspects. She also didn’t want her and the child to be killed
“What were the laws about murders with unborn children? Did they kill
them...

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