Comparsion Of Murder In Lamb To The Slaugghter And Speckled Band

2042 words - 9 pages

In my opinion a typical murder mystery is one where it keeps you
reading in anticipation wanting to know who has committed the well
planed out murder, the whole way through. Until the end where the
clever detective (who is usually quite an old man, dressed in a smart
tweed suit) goes through one by one all of the suspects telling them
exactly why they could have committed the murder, but then why they
didn't. He then confronts the real murderer who is normally the one
everyone least suspects. This all takes place in a large country manor
where lots of people would have been busying round but for the
murderer, conveniently there are never any witnesses to the crime. The
murder is most often well planed out, with a devious reason behind it.

The two stories are both very different and mainly the only
similarities are that they are both about murders that are done by
people that are close family to the victims they murder in there own
homes.7

The settings in both of them are very different; in lamb to the
slaughter the setting is in a normal home in a small village, where
normal family life goes on. To begin with everything is going fine and
things are going on the same, as they would do every other day. The
husband has just got home from work and his wife asks him how his day
has been

'Hullo darling' she says and then gets him a drink. The fact it is
just like every other day shows in the relaxed atmosphere, which is
described as 'a blissful time of day'

The atmosphere also seams to be warm and cosy as she was 'luxuriating
in his company'

Where as in the Speckled Band the setting is really as you would
expected a murder mystery setting to be. This shows as at the start
there is an air of panic as Watson and Holmes have been 'knocked up'
as 'a young lady had arrived in a considerable state of excitement'

The murder setting is also typical as it is in a large country manor,
owned by the well-known Surry Family of the Roylotts of Stoke Moran.
But unlike an average murder mystery there wouldn't be an awful lot of
people around to be suspects, as only the two stepdaughters and their
father were in the house. Although there wasn't a lot of atmosphere
after the opening part of the story, as there is just a woman telling
her story about what had happened to her late sister. The atmosphere
does build up towards the end where Holmes and Watson are sneaking
around the crime scene 'There is a distinct element of danger.'
Through out the scene it carries on to be exciting and the pretence
builds up as you keep waiting for the murderer to be caught and to see
exactly how they preformed a what seems to be impossible murder. This
is part of how the writer keeps their readers reading, not so much who
murdered her but more how they did it.

Where in Lamb to the Slaughter the end is more like a comedy scene,
which is designed to make you laugh as you watch the police men eat
the leg of lamb that she committed the...

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