Roald Dahl’s story “Lamb to the Slaughter”, shows a character called, Mary Maloney. Despite, slaughtering her own husband and tricking the police. She is a kind-hearted, generous and sympathetic character. To begin with, Mary Maloney demonstrates love, care, and kindness. Being six months pregnant, Mary is a loving and caring wife.
Killing your husband is no big deal, right? Not for Mary Maloney. A casual day is not typically when your house is turned into a murder scene. Sometimes you can’t blame people for their impulse actions; for example, Mary Maloney. Should Mary Maloney face punishment for her wrong doing?
“All right, she told herself. So I’ve killed him.” The short story “Lamb to the Slaughter” by Roald Dahl follows the protagonist Mary Maloney who, in a fit of anger, murders her own husband. Of course, Mary certainly didn’t start the story as a killer.
Mary Maloney is a very loving and devoted house wife and mother-to-be. Though her dream of having the perfect American family was destroyed by the bewildering news of Patrick choosing another women over Mary and their child. Innocent is all Mary Maloney is, due to her indistinct state of mind caused by her heinous husband’s decision to desert her and her child while she is unable to control her emotions due to her being pregnant. Mary is not guilty of murder instead innocent due to diminished capacity.
Picture this. You are at home, waiting for your significant other to return from a long of work. They open the door and you rush to greet them. But when you reach them you are rebuffed. How would you feel?
Both, the film version by Alfred Hitchcock and the short story version by Roald Dahl of Lamb to the Slaughter had the overall message of everything a person does has a consequence. With both the film and the movie makes Mary and Patrick Maloney settle their divorce. One of the interesting things about the film and the story is the characters. As Patrick Maloney throws all the love and care that Mary gave as he explained about having a divorce with the result of getting hit with a lamb leg by Mary, which made her plan something devilish to get away with it the hard way.
The domestic setting of Roald Dahl's short story "Lamb to the Slaughter" presents a scenario in which gender roles thrive within their socially-specific parameters. The setting also gives us a glimpse into the lives of the Maloney's and shows us that Mary is invested in her lifestyle to a fault, particularly when she realizes that life as she knows it may never be the same again. Additionally, the setting represents everything that is important to Mary, thus driving her to make the ultimate choice to preserve what she treasures most. Within the story's setting, the characters play their gender-based and family roles on a daily basis: Patrick embodies the role of "the man of the house.
Life is so Ironic Everyone knows the story of Snow White. Everyone knows that the old woman who came to Snow White’s house was actually the queen in disguise, and the apple the queen gave Snow White was poisoned. But Snow White didn’t. This is a perfect example of dramatic irony in a story. Ironic situations like this occur a lot in our daily lives, and in many stories, like Roald Dahl’s short story “Lamb to the Slaughter.”
The short story, Lamb of the Slaughter has a theme of appearance vs reality. The three elements such as: symbolism, irony,and mood definitely supports the theme by proving that weakness and innocence are not always what they seem. In the story, the frozen lamb’s leg is symbolism. The lamb’s leg was the obvious murder weapon chosen by Mrs. Maloney, but the significance of a lamb represents innocence and purity.
My observation is based off what occurred during the meeting with Mary on 1/8/16. James tried to explain to Mary that she should not speak negative things out loud on the floor for other people to hear. Mary did not acknowledge what James was trying to tell her she went right into saying that Denis was abusive to her out on the floor by calling her obsessive. James made several attempts to keep Mary calm and focused on the main reason why we were in there, but Mary continued to talk about Denis and how he had been abusive to her and how talking about it made her pulse race and her blood pressure rise.