Lamb To The Slaughter Mary Maloney Character Analysis

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In the short story “Lamb to the Slaughter” written by Roald Dahl. A character that interested me the most would be Mary Maloney, Mary was the main character in the story, the story was written around her. Mary was interesting for me because of the way she acted towards her husband Patrick Maloney who she loved a lot and how she was able to cover up the murder of her husband and go on with her normal life so quickly afterwards.

In the beginning of the story the author makes Mary out to be a loving wife,who cares about her husband Patrick very much. Mary’s life is mostly based around Patrick’s needs and wants. In the story Mary does not work, as it is based in earlier times when women would stay at home and look after the family. An example
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An example of this is when she phones the police station “Quick! Come quick! Patrick’s dead!” she says this down the phone line to the police office Jack Noonan who her husband worked. When they arrive she fells into his arms. This show that Mary, wants the police offices to think that when she returned for the shop, Patrick was killed well she was gone and that she did not kill him. Another reason in the end part of the story why I found Mary interesting was when she offered the police detectives the leg of lamb that she killed her husband with. “Why don’t you eat up that lamb that’s in the oven. It’ll be cooked just right by now”. 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
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