Comparing Lamb To The Slaughter And The Possibility Of Evil

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In both stories Mary Maloney and Miss. Strangeworth appear kind and loving but both demonstrate betrayal and hatred towards people at the end of both stories. Sometimes we get fooled by the appearance of others. In “ The possibility of Evil” by Shirley Jackson and “Lamb to the Slaughter” by Roald Dahl both share a common theme of appearance could be deceiving . At the beginning of “The Possibility of Evil” Mis. Strangeworth was caring about others when they were together,but when they left Mis. Strangeworth betrays them and talks negative about them. In “Lamb to the Slaughter” Mary murders her husband with a leg of lamb when he tells her that he is leaving her and acts like the protagonist but is the antagonist. In the beginning of “The…show more content…
She had a soft mouth, her eyes with their new placid look. She was waiting for her husband to come home from work to make dinner. He finally got home and he said he didn’t want dinner. He told her that he is leaving her but she will be fine. Mary gets up and goes to the cellar and grabs a frozen leg of lamb and walked to the living room. “ at this point, Mary Maloney simply walked up behind him and without a pause she swung the big frozen leg of lamb high in the air and brought it down as hard as she could on the back of his head” (Dahl 4). Mary killed her husband because he was leaving her. She decides to go to the grocer so it looks like she is the protagonist but is the antagonist. She practices what she is going to say so it seems like she doesn’t know anything. She got to the grocer and acted calm and was talking about Patrick so that Sam wouldn’t be suspect anything. “ ‘ Patrick’s decided he’s tired and doesn’t want to go eat out tonight’ she told him ‘ we usually go out Thursdays, you know, and now he’s caught me without any vegetables in the house’”(Dahl 5). Mary is acting like her husband is still alive and is telling Sam how he is too tired to eat and she needs food to cook for him. Looks can be deceiving because she looks innocent at the grocer’s but in reality she has committed a crime and is covering it
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