Compare the murder mysteries of ?A Lamb To A Slaug Essay

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Compare the murder mysteries of ?A Lamb To A Slaughter? and ?The Speck

Compare the murder mysteries of "A Lamb To A Slaughter" and "The Speckled Band"?

Roald Dahl wrote Lamb to the slaughter in 1954, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote Speckled Band
in 1892, that is around 62 yrs apart which would make the stories slightly different to
each other because they were wrote in two different centuries.

Roald Dahl was born in 1916 and died in 1990, Roald Dahl was most famous for writing
children stories but he did also write some books for adults like the tales of the
unexpected which lamb to the slaughter featured in. The characters in Roald Dahl's books
only ever appeared once. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born in 1859 and died in 1930, Arthur
Conan Doyle was a trained doctor which would have been helpful in writing his stories as
he would know the medical view on his cases and that would have helped him to write his
books which featured Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson what makes this book different to the
speckled Band is that Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson appear more than once in Arthur
Doyle's books.

When reading the two short stories I noticed that in the Lamb to the slaughter the story
was being told by a narrator and we were following the story though Mary Maloney's eyes
and how she feels, In The Speckled Band the story was being told by doctor Watson and how
he feels about Sherlock Holmes and the case and also he added what he thought might of
happened. Also The Speckled Band seems to be a true Murder Mystery because we don't know
who killed Helen's sister so it is a mystery to us as well as the characters and that adds
suspense to the story and also is more interesting as we try to work out who is the
murderer and how they killed the person, but in Lamb to the Slaughter we knew that Mary
killed her husband and the only suspense was if the detectives will work out that Mary
killed him. The stories both have different layouts and are written differently, In Lamb
to the Slaughter all of the action takes place in one night and In one house, In The
Speckled band the story is set around eight years from the moment the twins mother dies,
the way it is told allows the story to swift back and forth in time. The Speckled Band is
different to Lamb to the Slaughter in the way it is set In the Band Helen goes and gets
Sherlock Holmes but in Slaughter Mary the murderer calls the police. Even though the
stories are very different there are some similarities between them, both of the stories
had family members kill the victim, this must be a good plot to use as it adds suspense to
the story and intrigues the readers on how they could have hurt someone they both love.

I think the murderers were both cleverly described in the stories, in the lamb to the
slaughter Roald Dahl described Mary Maloney as a loving women, who cared and loved her
husband a lot,

"Now and again she would glance up at the clock, but without anxiety, merely to please
herself with the thought that each minute gone by made it nearer to the time when he would
come." Mary and her husband seem to have a good life together and their life seems to be
on a routine.
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