In the book “Lamb To The Slaughter” a man named Patrick returns home to his caring and loving wife, Mary Maloney, with some bad news. The readers are not exactly sure of the news but you can infer Patrick is going to leave his pregnant wife. Mary Maloney does not react to the news very well and ends up killing her husband Patrick. She ends up tricking the detectives and not getting caught with the murder of her husband Patrick. The story “Lamb To The Slaughter” starts off with the pregnant wife Mary Maloney anxiously waiting for her husband, Patrick, to get home from work. She has two glasses and some drinks behind her and constantly looks at the clock. Every minute that passes satisfies her. This shows that she is very lonely at home by herself and waits around for him all day. When Patrick gets home from work she quickly jumps up from her sewing and kisses him as he walks through the door. They greet each other as Mary Maloney takes his coat and hangs it up. She gives him his first drink as she pleasantly sits and waits for him to finish. You can tell from the story that she loves his company because she says “...enjoying his company after the long lonely hours alone in the house” (Page 1) Mary Maloney acts as if when he is present everything is complete. She talks about …show more content…
The detectives treat Mary Maloney gentle and caring. You can tell they feel bad for her because it says “They treated her kindly” and it’s not allowed by police rules, but since you’re a friend” (Page 4). Mary Maloney convinced the detectives to eat dinner because she said she was to sad to eat. They felt a little uncomfortable but they agreed to eat. The detectives did not want to eat the lamb but they did it to be nice. Mary Maloney is very clever because she got rid of the evidence by making the detectives eat it. The detectives “It’s probably right under our noses” (Page
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Toward the end of the story, we see that Mary is talking to the detectives and shares, “Here you all are, and good friends of dear Patrick’s, too and helping to catch the man who killed him. You must be terrible hungry by now because it’s long past your suppertime, and I know Patrick would never forgive me, God bless his soul, if I allowed you to remain in his house without offering you decent hospitality. Why don’t you eat up that lamb that’s in the oven” (Dahl 5). Not only was Mary pleading for the men to eat the murder weapon but she also puts on a fake act as a helpless widow. The giggle of knowing that she had completely fooled the men into believing another man killed Patrick as well as eating the murder weapon fully uncovers Mary's real self.
Sometimes people’s inner demons can no longer be contained when presented with put into intense situations. Throughout the story, Lamb to the Slaughter, Dahl presents the atmosphere created by a housewife as she begins change. But, nonetheless these inner demons can overpower individuals and transform their lives. Dahl uses situational irony, symbolism, and a powerful theme in “Lamb to the Slaughter” to show inner conflict that reveals Mary Maloney’s true character.
I’m defending Mary in the short story, “The Lamb to Slaughter,” written by Roald Dahl. I am pleading for my client, Mary who is not guilty in the murder of Mr. Maloney. Mary would have never murder her husband, because she is six months pregnant. She couldn’t lift the heavy weapon used to kill him while carrying a baby. Mrs. Maloney was at the neighborhood grocery store at the same time the murder happened.
Judah Woodruff Capper English 11 23 May 2023 Lamb to the Slaughter: Final Exam In Roald Dhal’s short story Lamb to the Slaughter, the protagonist of the novel, Mary Maloney, is not mentally stable while she is killing her husband. This claim can be found in the novel while Dhal is explaining her obsession with her husband, the trance-like state she was experiencing, and the humor she found in killing her husband. As Dhal begins the story, he hints at the possibilities of Mary Maloney’s mental instability.
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.
After that she says "Darling," while talking to her husband. " Would you like me to get you some cheese? I haven't made any supper because it's Thursday.". That is one example of how the author used repetition to make the story more scary. Also in Lamb To The Slaughter it talks about how Mary Maloney was making her husband a “strong” drink and about how she makes her a“weak” drink for herself.
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.
"(155). This is showing that she didn’t something that she regretted because of what he told her. conclusion In “Lamb to the Slaughter” Dahl uses conflict, imagery, and direct characterization to develop feelings for Mary’s husband. This is important because the feelings Mary has for her husband are a main purpose in the story.
Planning with Cowardice In the book “Lamb To The Slaughter,” written by Roald Dahl, was a really cliffhanger story. During the story Mary’s husband decides he wants to leave Mary after she’s already six months pregnant with her husband. Something tweaks in her head and ends his life with a leg of lamb, that she was going to cook for dinner.
Mary Maloney was sitting in her living room when her husband, Patrick Maloney, came home. This was the premises of the short story, “Lamb to the Slaughter,” composed by Roald Dahl. Patrick was a police officer; his wife stayed at home, which was typical for the 1950s, which was the time period of the story. The couple had been, so it seemed, happy throughout their marriage. In fact, Mary was pregnant with a baby boy.
Mary Maloney “simply walked up” behind Patrick and struck him with a “big frozen leg of lamb” “as hard as she could”. This completely contrasts the starting character of Mary as a housewife whom was patiently waiting for her husband to return home, which no one had expected. She did it “simply” which moulds an image of her not needing to think through her action, effortless and swift. The readers would be disgusted at how fast her character changes, thus suspense would be created as they would constantly question themselves about how it was possible. Additionally, after she struck her husband, she thought that it was “funny” on how “he remained standing” for a while.
Mary Maloney provides the detectives with lamb that she kills her husband, Patrick, with. When the detective declares that the murder weapon is probably right under their noses, it is ironic because the reader knows that they are eating the weapon that the detectives are seeking. Furthermore, situational irony is displayed when Dahl narrates, “At that point, Mary Maloney simply walked up behind him and without any pause, she swung the big frozen leg of lamb high
“She asks them, please eat it” Mary made the detectives eat the murder weapon (the lamb). All these examples make Mary Maloney a very clever person. Therefore, Mary Maloney has many Traits. But these are her best caring, ruthless and clever.
The Lamb to the Slaughter is a mystery horror story by Roald Dahl. It is about a wife (Mary Maloney) murdering her drunk husband (Patrick Maloney) after he gives her short answers when she asks him questions. She hits him over the head with a leg of lamb to kill him. A theme I see is change and when something bad happens. You can drastically change in life.