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10º ano - Roald Dahl and "Lamb to the Slaughter" study

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Graça Coelho

on 7 November 2012

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Transcript of 10º ano - Roald Dahl and "Lamb to the Slaughter" study

Roald Dahl
He was born on September 13, 1916 in Wales. His parents were from Norway.
When Roald was 4 years old his father died.
He liked to play pranks and was very adventurous in school. He often got into trouble and was spanked by the headmaster. He attended 3 different schools.
When Roald graduated his mom asked if he wanted to go to college and he said no. He wanted to travel the world and got a job with Shell Oil Company in Africa. A few years later he joined the Royal Air Force to fight in World War II.
After his plane went down, and he got out of the hospital he moved to New York. He got married and had 5 children. This is when he began writing stories.
His stories began as bedtime stories he would tell his children. Then he began publishing them. "James and the Giant Peach" was his first story to be published.
He his famous for his children's books. In his stories he used his imagination and knowledge from his trips. Most of his stories always have children as the heroes.
Some of his more popular stories are:
Some of his books have even been made into movies!
For the first 15 years of his career, Dahl concentrated on writing for adults. His short stories are classics and many were televised for the successful "Tales of the Unexpected".
Perhaps his most famous story is "Lamb to the Slaughter", which according to Dahl it was "hilarious, because what is horrible is basically funny in fiction!"

"Lamb to the Slaughter"

Now that you have read this short story, lets pay attention to the the introduction to learn about the social and historical context of the story. Please follow the example and take notes!
Dahl began his writing career in 1942 with a story about being shot down while fighting in North Africa. Violence, whether associated with warfare or with crime, continued to fascinate Dahl and figures prominently even in his children's stories. ‘‘Lamb to the Slaughter’’ belongs to the first decade of what historians call the Post-War period.
cold war (clash between communism and capitalism);
rock'n roll;
most women were stay at home wives;
men worked to support their family;
divorce was not common;
boom on house and car sales;
"baby boom";
increase of household electric appliances (TV, record player, fridge, toaster, mixer, stove...);
kitchen became the "heart" of the home.
In class read and complete the "Lamb to the Slaughter" study guide that I handed out:
Worksheet - 1:
In class read and answer the questions about Roald Dahl's biography:
Rising action
Falling action
Force of antagonism
The beginning takes place in Mary and Patrick Maloney's quiet house. Mary is 6 months pregnant and is sewing at the moment. Patrick is a policeman and Mary has no job.
Internal conflict: Mary needs to save unborn child.
External conflict: Mary vs Patrick (her husband is on the way of her having a happy family, since he is leaving her.)
Mary vs Detectives
Patrick arrives home and continuously ignores Mary's offers. He also tells her on how he is planning on leaving her. Mary then goes into denial and decides to go to the basement and get him a leg of lamb for supper.
Mary thinking
Mary hits her husband with the frozen leg of lamb.
Mary goes to the grocery to get herself an alibi. She then goes home and calls the police that there has been a murder. The police comes to investigate but they can't find the murder weapon.
Mary gives the policemen the leg of the lamb that she cooked and used as a murder weapon. She giggles to herself!
Mary laughs because
she got away with her crime!
Correction of exercise A.
"Lamb to the Slaughter"
Roald Dahl
1. Time - in the evening (between 5 and 9 p.m.)
2. Place - in the Maloney’s house / grocery shop
3. Mood - calm; warm; mysterious; suspenseful...
Point of view:
- third person omniscient;
- Mary's point of view
Patrick - antagonist - conceited; tired; lazy; callous...
Mary - protagonist/round - caring; willing; nice; smart, cunning...
Sam - minor - serves as an alibi
Policemen (Jack Noonan and O'Malley) - minor/antagonist -negligent; friendly...
Betrayal; Identity; Devotion;
Love and Passion; Justice and Injustice
Alfred Hitchcock Presents Lamb to the Slaughter (1958)
Exercise B.
Worksheet - 3
Correction of exercise B.
Correction of worksheet - 3
Correction of worksheet - 2
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