Comparison/Contrast Essay: “Lamb To The Slaughter” And Trifles

696 words - 3 pages

Both Dahl and Glaspell convey themes of the domestic trap that society places women in through different literary devices, in the short story "Lamb to the Slaughter" and the play Trifles.
In "Lamb to the Slaughter" Roald Dahl uses the leg of lamb as a symbol of domesticity. The meat, which the primary intention of it was to be cooked and eaten, had mainly to do with the kitchen and women. When Mary used the leg of lamb to kill her husband, she turned a domestic tool into a tool for harm and murder. In this way, Mary challenged the domestic role the patriarchy of the time had placed her into. The leg of lamb also represents Mary, and the way she follows her husband, the same way a lamb follows a shepherd. The leg of lamb also alludes to the bible; in the way the Jesus was the Lamb and a martyr for Christians, the same way that Mary’s husband was a martyr for the patriarchate.
In Trifles, the use of the canary bird ...view middle of the document...

Mary, the protagonist, is seen as a typical housewife who is content with sitting in her house all day and doting on the men in her life. The thing that triggers her to kill is the news that her husband is leaving her, suggesting that she cannot live without a man in her life. Mary is content with her domesticated life, and prefers living in her house.
On the other hand, since a woman wrote Trifles, it has a very feminine touch. Minnie’s house is in nowhere near perfect condition, as commented on by the men that come into her home. This shows the male perspective of what the home should look like, versus the female reality of what the home is like. Glaspell also shows the unhappiness that many women felt, including Minnie, in marriage. Minnie was once lively, but after her marriage became quiet and distant from the other women in the town. Her husband isolated her, both geographically since they lived in a hollow, and socially with his refusal to purchase a telephone. Contrary to Mary, Minnie saw her house as a prison, instead of a paradise.
The language used in “Lamb of the Slaughter” is very tension filled. The reader is put into suspense as they wait for Patrick to come home and deliver the news, and is thrust into tension again as Mary comes up with her alibi and is confronted by the police. This is because a person that one would not usually associate with such violent crimes, a housewife, committed a murder. The stark unnaturalness of a content wife murdering her husband is so unlikely, that Mary was easily able to manipulate the police officers and get away with the murder.
Whereas in Trifles the language used towards women is typically condescending. The men in the situation regard the women as incompetent as they worry about such small ideals in the house, when in reality they are actually figuring out what had happened to Minnie’s husband. The women used their domestic skills to solve a crime that took would have took the men much longer to figure out, since they would have not typically concerned themselves with women’s housework. The patronizing comments made by the men show the ignorance to which they had of the women and their actual roles and duties in the home.

Find Another Essay On Comparison/Contrast Essay: “Lamb to the Slaughter” and Trifles

Lamb to the Slaughter and The Speckled Band

2413 words - 10 pages written 62 years after the other. This major time gap will obviously affect the way they were written. I will take this into account in this essay. "The Speckled Band" is a typical murder mystery, involving an eccentric doctor and a cunning detective. "Lamb to the Slaughter" is about an impulsive murder of a man by his wife, when he tells her that he is leaving her. "Lamb to the Slaughter" begins with a happy, heart-warming scene of Mary

Comparing Lamb to the Slaughter and The Speckled Band

3410 words - 14 pages description about the surroundings to set the scene, this is a similarity they have. However, Conan Doyle uses more descriptions because the scene changes a lot and different people come into the story, each being fully described. Whereas Dahl doesn't describe the characters in detail, as there is only one main character, Mary Maloney, the murderer, she is a woman. In contrast, "Lamb to the Slaughter" starts with a direct

Comparing Lamb to the Slaughter and The Speckled Band

3785 words - 15 pages Comparing Lamb to the Slaughter and The Speckled Band I am comparing two short stories "Lamb to the Slaughter" by Roald Dahl and "The Speckled Band" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. " Lamb to the Slaughter" is a modern 20th Century novel as apposed to "The Speckled Band" which is pre-twentieth century. "The Speckled Band" is a typical murder mystery with everything you would expect it to have. First of all a victim and a

Comparing Lamb to the Slaughter and Captain Murderer

2677 words - 11 pages Comparing Lamb to the Slaughter and Captain Murderer In this essay, I am going to compare and contrast the two short stories "Lamb to the Slaughter" and "Captain Murderer", picking out techniques used by the authors which make it different to a typical murder mystery. When one thinks of a murder mystery, one usually thinks of images like a large, stately home, a cunning butler, and a bloodstained candlestick, and

Feminism in Dahl's "Lamb to the Slaughter"

2005 words - 8 pages of day" (Dahl 24). Patrick's presence completes Mary, in that she is dependant on him both economically and emotionally. In Roald Dahl's 1951 short story, "Lamb to the Slaughter," Mary Maloney comes to embody a feminist heroine by escaping her husband's oppression. Her behaviour in the beginning of the story is docile and therefore socially acceptable; she is the willing and conscientious housewife that all women should be. She has no

Lamb to the slaughter by Roal Dahl

744 words - 3 pages LAMB TO THE SLAUGHTERIn class we read, "Lamb to the slaughter", written by Roal Dahl. The story takes place one evening in the home of the Maloneys, who seem to be an ordinary married couple. Mary Maloney was waiting for her husband Patrick, a policeman, to come home. Mary is pregnant and happy and looking forward to his return. However, Patrick has a nasty surprise for her. He says that he is going to leave her. Mary enters a state of shock and

“Lamb To The Slaughter” By Ronald Dahl

557 words - 3 pages "Lamb to the slaughter" by Roald Dahl is an very gripping short story combining situational irony with humor. The author captured my attention with the tricky antics that the main character engages in to prevent her incarceration. Roald Dahl was born and raised in Llandaff, south Wales on September 13, 1916 to two Norwegian parents who loved him greatly. When he was three years old both his father and eldest sister astir died, the cause

Case Report: “Lamb to the Slaughter”

1231 words - 5 pages It was a normal evening in the Maloney home. Mrs. Mary Maloney sat sewing, while waiting for her husband to return home after an involved day as a police officer. Around 5 o’clock Mr. Maloney returns home with shocking news and… Bang! …a leg of lamb hit over his head and Mr. Maloney falls to the ground dead. All evidence and theories, point to Mrs. Maloney being the killer of her husband, but why? Mrs. Maloney did not kill her husband out of

Lamb to Slaughter

742 words - 3 pages Having to take your anger out on someone isn’t fair or good, especially if you’re being killed with frozen lamb. Based on everyone’s understanding, when you kill someone you’ll have to pay the price and consequences. Apparently this lady didn’t. But are we sure she’s going to marry another man and kill him too? In “Lamb to the slaughter”, I’m going to be talking about Mary Maloney and how madly crazy she is. In the beginning of the story Mary

The Speckled Band by Arthur Conan Doyle and Lamb to the Slaughter by Roald Dahl

2400 words - 10 pages Discuss the social and historical context of each text reflected in The Speckled Ban by Arthur Conan Doyle and Lamb to the Slaughter by Roald Dahl. In this essay, I intend to compare and contrast the two short stories "The Speckled Band" by Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle, and "Lamb to the Slaughter" by Roald Dahl, picking out techniques used which make it exactly, or exactly the opposite of a typical detective story/murder mystery. Both "The

Comparing Lamb to the Slaughter to The Speckled Band

1465 words - 6 pages Comparing Lamb to the Slaughter to The Speckled Band 'Lamb to the Slaughter' and 'The Speckled Band' are both murder mysteries. Like most murder mysteries each of the stories have a murderer, a victim and characters acting in a suspicious or unusual way. 'Lamb to the Slaughter' is a 20th century story about a woman called Mary who kills her husband, Patrick Maloney, using a leg of lamb. This seems quite surprising at first as she

Similar Essays

Compare And Contrast Lamb To The Slaughter And The Speckled Band

1272 words - 5 pages 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

Comparing Lamb To The Slaughter And The Speckled Band

1150 words - 5 pages Comparing Lamb to the Slaughter and The Speckled Band This essay is a comparison of two short stories 'Lamb to the Slaughter' and 'The Speckled Band' by highlighting the techniques that make it classic or not a classic crime novel. A typical murder mystery consists of a very intellectual person who pieces together parts of a jigsaw to unravel the murder mystery. 'The Speckled Band' is a typical crime novel because it

Lamb To The Slaughter And The Speckled Band

841 words - 3 pages Lamb to the Slaughter and The Speckled Band Comparative Essay The main thing Lamb to the slaughter and the speckled Band have in common is the genre 'murder mystery' Lamb to the Slaughter is a simple short story written by Roald Dahl in the mid 19th century. Where as "The speckled band was written earlier Pre 19th century it was written By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle the creator of Sherlock Holmes a famous fictional detective with Watson as

Comparing ‘The Black Cat’ And ‘Lamb To The Slaughter’

1498 words - 6 pages her personal violence’. In contrast to this the husband in ‘Lamb to the slaughter’ is a very tired and secretive policeman. ‘He had become absolutely motionless and he kept his head down’. This shows that Patrick Maloney has kept a secret from his wife and at the time of revealing he is too ashamed to look her in the eye. The relationship between the married couples are both one sided. The wife in ‘The black cat’ loves her husband but he ends up