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Stereotypes In Lamb To The Slaughter

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Betrayal and False Stereotypes in “Lamb to the Slaughter” by Roald Dahl “When people rely on surface appearances and false stereotypes, rather than in-depth knowledge of others at the level of heart, mind, and spirit, their ability to assess and understand people accurately is compromised.” – James. A. Forbes. As Forbes states, when “people rely on surface appearances” and do not look beyond, they often times fail to realize how deceiving looks can be. In “Lamb to the Slaughter” by Roald Dahl, Mrs. Maloney uses her image as leverage to get away with the murder of her husband. Throughout the story, Mrs. Maloney betrays multiple people after being betrayed by her own husband. Her thoughts soon become clouded with animosity which leads her to make rash decisions. Although Forbes says “the way people assess and understand others is compromised”, the reader sees how these stereotypes can be used to a character’s advantage when getting away with wrong doing. The story “Lamb to the Slaughter” by Roald Dahl depicts how betrayal can provoke characters to commit crime in order to emphasize the inaccurate perception of women. The author uses irony and characterization to portray how once betrayed women may not be as innocent or fragile as they seem. Dahl uses irony to show the effects of betrayal on a character’s behaviour. First of all, the author uses…show more content…
Maloney’s impetuous behaviour and change in character after being betrayed exemplify how characters which the reader views as innocent may be the complete opposite. Her rash decisions and hypocritical actions make the reader question the accuracy of female stereotypes. Furthermore, Mrs. Maloney’s change in character from innocent to deceptive and dangerous allows the reader to come to a realization of how betrayal changes a person as a whole. As a result, one realizes that relying on appearances is impartial because one will never fully understand a person’s true
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