Lamb To The Slaughter Mary Maloney Essay

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As you go through life you notice change and not only can you notice change in yourself but a lot of times you notice the difference in others and the world around you. Based on his work, it seem that Roald Dahl he noticed these thing as well and according to the characters in his short story “Lamb to the Slaughter” he incorporated what he noticed into his writings. Both Mary and Patrick Maloney portrayed some kind of emotion that eventually changed overtime. If you have read “Lamb to the Slaughter”, you can obviously see the change in Mary Maloney when she was a stereotypical housewife then all of a sudden transformed into a deranged women who basically lost herself. As far as Patrick Maloney goes, he never really showed emotion throughout…show more content…
For example, she would always try to have everything picture perfect and by the time her husband came home she would have the house clean, the table set, and dinner ready just to please him. “ She merely wanted to satisfy herself that each minute that went by made it nearer the time when he would be home. She was satisfied to sit quietly,enjoying his company after the long hours alone in the house,” (Dahl 1) In the beginning of the story Mary Maloney seems like this perfect housewife but sudden news creates some unexpected turns. As Patrick Maloney tells Mary that he is leaving her, he shows no emotion as if he had been feeling that way for a while but poor Mary became numb and every feeling and action went unfelt. Owing to the fact that she was so hurt, she to a lamb leg to the back of his head and there he went crashing onto the floor unable to move (Dahl 2). Later on that day, to cover up her tracks she called the police over to tell them of the tragic accident that happened to her husband but of course it was all a lie. To get rid of the evidence, She insisted that they stay for dinner and so they did. Mary Maloney was content because she got away with the murder of her husband and in that matter it seemed as if she enjoyed it which showed her to be even more demeted than she seemed in the
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