Transcript of Lamb to the Slaughter
Theme: Dynamic Character: Protagonist and Antagonist: Important quotes from the story: A dynamic character is a character who changes throughout the story. Mary Maloney is the dynamic character in this story because she was a very calm., concomitant housewife at the beginning, but by the middle of the story she was considered a "man slaughterer". At the end, she pretended that she had no idea what had happened and was like an actress in the way that she acted toward the detectives. The protagonist in a story is the main character who attempts to reach a goal. The antagonist is the bad guy or force that attempts to prevent the protagonist from reaching their goal. Mary Maloney was the protagonist in "Lamb to the Slaughter." Her goal was to get away from the crime and not get caught. The detectives were the antagonists in this story because they tried to stop Mary from achieving that goal. Theme is what the story is all about; the message. It is also the author's point. The ultimate theme in this story is betrayal because Patrick leaves his expecting wife which violates marriage vows. She also undertakes the theme of with her convincing lies and fabrications, and hbetrayaler productive accomplice in the situation. Many themes were apparent in this story; however, I think the theme of betrayal is the most important. Lamb to the Slaughter Conflict: Conflict is the struggle of opposing forces in a story; the problem. There are two conflicts in "Lamb to the Slaughter." The first conflict is when Mary's husband,Patrick, tells her that he is leaving her. The conflict ends in Mary hitting him in the head with a frozen lamb leg. The main conflict is when Mary tried to avoid being caught. She knew that she would be executed and feared that her unborn child would be killed; therefore, she lied to the detectives. Author: Roald Dahl Full transcript
* "She came out slowly, feeling cold and surprised, and she stood for a while blinking at the body, still holding the ridiculous piece of meat tightly with both hands." This quote put the story on pause when I was reading because the event prior was shocking.
* ' “I’ll get the supper,”she managed to whisper, and this time he didn’t stop her. ' That last statement from Mary was a big turning point in this story because it went from a peaceful setting to a violent scene that ended in the death of her husband. * “Here you all are, and good friends of dear Patrick’s too, and helping to catch the man who killed him." This statement was an example of dramatic irony because the audience knows that she was murderer, but the detectives do not. * "Probably right under our very noses." The detective was referring to the weapon and it was ironic because it really was right under their noses." By:Caroline Stahlsmith