So why exactly did she resort to killing her husband with a leg of lamb? Why did she decide to turn to violence for help? I believe that she did this because of psychological problems. Mrs. Maloney was a housewife, and her husband worked in the police force. The night he told her that he wanted to leave, she kept noticing how he was acting strange and not like how he usually behaves.
Before cooking the lamb, she strikes the back of his head with it. She then realizes she has killed her husband, and has to cover it up. The author, Roald Dahl portrays many emotions and feelings between the two characters in the story, and shows the motivation in each of the their actions. To begin with, Mary is waiting on the couch in their living room. She is waiting on Patrick, her husband, to return home to go eat.
Mary Maloney provides the detectives with lamb that she kills her husband, Patrick, with. When the detective declares that the murder weapon is probably right under their noses, it is ironic because the reader knows that they are eating the weapon that the detectives are seeking. Furthermore, situational irony is displayed when Dahl narrates, “At that point, Mary Maloney simply walked up behind him and without any pause, she swung the big frozen leg of lamb high
Horror stories may also include paranormal activity, parallel universes, and unnatural explanations. Before I explain on why this story is of the horror genre let me give you the back story. Mr. Maloney arrives home from work to explain to his wife something, Mrs. Maloney then gets so aggravated she runs down stairs to grab a leg of lamb, she then walks up the stairs and knocks her husband over the head, he then dies. She puts the lamb in the oven, she then arrives at the local grocery store to buy vegetables for her lamb. Once she gets home, she calls the cops, the cops arrive and search her house in the dying heat.
Even though on both couples are fighting, their situations are different. In the beginning of the stories they were not talking. But towards the end of “ Popular Mechanics,” they started to fight over there baby. In “ Lamb to the Story” they were arguing about the husband not wanting to eat. Throughout the story she killed him because he cheated on her.
This show also that Mary is turning to not think that she killed her husband. When the police detectives are eating their leg of lamb on of them says “Probably right under our very noses. What you think, Jack?”, and it is really right under their noses, when Mary hears that she is “in the other room, Mary Maloney began to giggle”. This shows that Mary is the cold blooded killer of her husband and that they well never find out because they just ate the murder weapon. In conclusion, there are many reasons why, Mary Maloney was the most interesting character for me, the way she covered up her husband murder, without planning any of it and also how she how she acted without any passion on
In literary works, authors often use minor characters to accentuate certain characteristics of a main character, often traits that are going to be important down the road. Justine, the family servant, is accused of murdering Victor’s young brother, William. Even though she pleads guilty to this crime, her and Victor know she’s innocent. However, Victor knows that his creation is responsible for the murder but doesn’t say anything, letting Justine take the fall for it. When people only think of themselves, others often innocently suffer for those actions.
There is a theme of appearance versus reality throughout the story by Ronald Dahl “Lamb to the Slaughter.” This theme is when a person’s body language and facial expression shows otherwise than what they are truly feeling. This means that people around that person may see other than what is actually happening in his or her life. In this short story, this theme is unveiled in a lot ways, such as, the way she cried later laughed, did everything for him even when he was rude, and the way she was first okay with killing her husband. First this theme is shown in the way she cried when she acknowledged her husband; however, she laughed as the cops ate the leg of lamb. After hitting Mr. Patrick over the head with a leg of lamb, then she put the
In the short story, “Lamb to the Slaughter” Patrick, Mary’s husband, goes home and tells Mary that he no longer wants to be with her and their baby. She then proceeds to express her anguish by murdering him and sets up the murder scene so that she would not get caught. Later on, she calls the police and says that her husband was murdered and the detectives try to uncover the murderer and murder weapon. Roald Dahl uses objects and symbols to contextualize his ideas that people go through things innocently without knowing the danger, like a lamb to the slaughter. Now, lamb has come to represent innocence and peace and the meaning of a lamb has come to change in this story where it is used to murder the woman’s husband.
From the quote there is perceptible evidence that Mary Maloney has evidently killed her husband and feels no regret towards it. Doing the unthinkable crime of murder is one thing, but not being hurt by the death of your own husband, is baleful enough. Moreover, Mary hid the truth from, all with the help
There were a few rare sympathizers, however, who identified with Jodi Arias’ anger at being used and lied to by a man and truly believed she murdered him in a fit of rage (Keifer, 2015). This would make the proper ruling manslaughter, and not premeditated murder, as the law dictates different punishments based on the premeditation, or lack thereof, of the killer. These sympathizers could argue that there was not enough mercy awarded by the court due to Jodi’s apparently sympathetic situation. What is the proper balance between mercy and justice? Should justice overrule mercy?