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Lamb To The Slaughter And The Speckled Band

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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 his side kick.

The most obvious difference between the two stories is the way the
story was set out. With Lamb to the slaughter you know how the murder
was committed and by who as soon as it happens. The story is about how
the killer got away with the crime whereas with the speckled band it
is a mystery you are left to unravel by your self. There is still a
certain aspect of wander to lamb to the Slaughter we know the woman
killed her husband because of something he said but we are left to
think what could he have said to make her do something so drastic also
we wander wither she will get away with the murder.

The stories are set in different places and therefor have a lot of
differences. The Roald Dahl story is set in America and features
Police where as the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's story is set in England
and featured detectives this shows that there may be a deeper
investigation into the murder. In "Lamb to The Slaughter" the police
show a certain amount of unprofessional behaviour this is shown in
several ways for instance the policemen drink on the job also they
don't look at the possibilities they just stick to one idea and they
don't really consider that Mary Maloney could have been the killer.
Whereas Sherlock Holmes the detective in the Speckled Band reviews
every possibility and changes his thoughts with every new piece of
evidence.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle goes into a lot more detail about the
characters and includes allot more about setting and events. When
describing the main female character in the story he talks of her face
being all drawn and grey with restless frightened eyes. It goes on to
say about her premature grey it says her age is thirty. In LS it is
the opposite she is described as a very calm tranquil woman with a
slow smiling air about her also because she is six months pregnant she
had acquired a wonderful translucent quality it goes on to say her
mouth was soft and her eyes looked larger and darker with a more
placid look. This is a nice piece of description and gives you a...

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