Examples Of Dramatic Irony In Lamb To The Slaughter

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In Roald Dahl’s riveting short story “Lamb to the Slaughter” dramatic irony is used to build tension. Dramatic irony is defined as a literary device where the reader knows more about a situation than the characters in the story. The main character Ms. Maloney, a devoted and tender wife, suddenly turns into a reckless murderer as her husband tells her he wants to leave. Throughout the narrative a prominent example of dramatic irony is when the policemen eat the leg of lamb. " ‘That's why the weapon should be easy to find.’ ‘Exactly what I say.’ ‘Whoever did it, he can't carry a weapon that big around with him.’ ‘Personally, I think the weapon is somewhere near the house.’ ‘It's probably right under our noses. What do you think, Jack?’ And in
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