The Way Up To Heaven Roald Dahl Analysis

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What makes people kill? Is it what people do or say? The author’s name is Roald Dahl. There are many similarities and differences between the “Lamb to the Slaughter” and “The Way Up to Heaven.” The lamb is the weapon that slaughters or kills the husband and the elevator is the highway that rides up to heaven or to death’s door. Roald Dahl intrigues readers with two distinct stories about murder that share similarities in various ways, revealing that things are not always what they seem. The stories are very similar because both women killed their husbands and feel sense of relief when their husbands are one. They both saw their opportunity to change their circumstances and they took advantage of that. Also, both women doted on someone. For…show more content…
In “The Way Up to Heaven,” Mrs. Foster doted on her grandchildren because she thought they were perfect. This is important because it gives a glimpse of their lives and how different they are. The doting shows they are kind-hearted or of a generally good nature, so that the surprise or shock is more pronounced when we realize what they are capable of murder. Another example of a similarity is whenever Mrs. Foster and Patrick Maloney are nervous, their eyes begin to twitch. Mrs. Foster’s eye would twitch when she got nervous about missing a flight or a train. Mr. Maloney’s eye twitched when he had to tell his wife the bad news. This is important because they both had the same physical reaction to emotionally upsetting situations. Mrs. Foster and Mrs. Maloney made a phone call after killing their husbands. Mrs. Foster called a guy to fix the elevator…show more content…
Additionally, they were basically able to get away with murder because both women are seemingly above suspicion; one as the wife of a police detective and the other as a grandmother and elderly wife of a wealthy older gentleman. Overall, everyone has a breaking
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