Themes In Roald Dahl's Lamb To The Slaughter

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Roald Dahl the author for child-fiction famous book titled “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, is also known for his works for adult-fiction, either it is novels or short stories. The way Roald Dahl tells stories is unique, included how he builds tension to the story by making the characters gone through a transformation. Roald Dahl’s “Lamb to the Slaughter “ starts with a very detailed description of the situation of the house Mary Maloney and husband live in, as she is waiting her husband to come home from work. At the beginning of the story, somehow the writer captured her as a calm, peaceful, and loyal wife as stated: “Now and again she glanced at the clock, but without anxiety; she merely wanted to satisfy herself that each minute that…show more content…
Detective friends of Patrick prefer to eat the leg of lamb, the weapon that is used for the purpose of killing, as the only proof, rather than to continue the investigation, which they all know the valid police rules prohibit them to do so, but still doing that anyway. I see this as a betrayal due to the fact that they didn’t do what they had to do which is to execute justice, instead they are having supper over their friends’ death. This betrayal also occurs on the story written by Edgar Allan Poe, “The Black Cat” whose story is narrated by an anonymous narrator who happens to be the villain. The narrator as the main character killed sadistically his beloved wife and cat, Pluto, who once he loved dearly. The killing is an impulsive action which is like the previous story mentioned, “Lamb to the Slaughter”. What makes the story different is that the villain in “The Black Cat” is in while in “Lamb to the Slaughter” is caused by Patrick’s saying about divorce. Poe’s first person narrating story, “The Black Cat” has my concern for the reason that the perspective holds a crucial part of the story. We can know the metamorphosis of the narrator’s thoughts. At the beginning of the story, mentioned how he felt towards animals as he…show more content…
Mary Maloney, who was a victim at first, but as the story goes on, she became a villain. This also happens to the husband, Patrick Maloney, who was a villain of the story at first, but became a victim of Mary at the end. Even the lamb itself is going through a metamorphosis. Lamb, which often used to symbolize innocence, is used by Mary as a deadly weapon to kill her husband, which is an irony. The metamorphosis also can be found on “The Black Cat” by Edgar Allan Poe, who has the anonymous narrator gone through a metamorphosis from the protagonist, and later on becoming the antagonist as we can see from his description about how he felt as the story narrated from the first person point of

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