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Lamb to the Slaughter

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Riley Smith

on 19 October 2012

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Transcript of Lamb to the Slaughter

In the story "Lamb to the Slaughter" the dynamic character is Mary Maloney. She changes throughout the story. In the beginning she starts off being a warm, caring, and a loving wife to her husband, Patrick Maloney. She always tried to please Patrick by being the best wife she could be. She would wait on him hand and foot. When Patrick told Mary the news she changed. She pretended like nothing was wrong. She went down to the freezer and got a frozen leg of lamb for dinner. This is when she goes from happy to crazy. She killed her husband, that she once loved and would do anything for, with the leg of lamb. Mary is considered a dynamic character, because she changes from calm and loving to crazy and murderous. DYNAMIC CHARACTER THEME In "Lamb to the Slaughter" the theme that the reader could take away is that people aren't always who you think they are. In the beginning of this story we thought Mary Maloney was a nice, warm, gentle, loving wife to her husband. By the end of the story we knew she was not at all who we thought she was, because she turned out to be a cold blooded murderer. You cant always trust people to be who they seem to be. CONFLICT The main conflict in "Lamb to the Slaughter" is that Mary Maloney murdered her husband and is trying to get away with it. She has to create an alibi and hide the murder weapon. She makes the scene look like a break in. She goes to the grocery store and tells the grocer that Patrick is tired and doesn't feel like going out for dinner tonight so she has to pick up a few things to cook for his supper. By going to the grocery store she creates her alibi. She hides the murder weapon by convincing the detectives to finish off the leg of lamb. PROTAGONIST and ANTAGONIST In "Lamb to the Slaughter" the protagonist would be Mary Maloney. Mary's goal is to get away with the murder of her husband and hide the evidence. We, the readers, route for Mary to reach her goal even though it is not good and she is the "bad guy". The antagonist would be the detectives. The detectives are in the way of Mary's goal because they are trying to solve the murder mystery and find the murderer. The readers do not want the detectives to find out who the murder is because we route for Mary even thought the detectives are the "good guys". “Probably right under our very noses. What you think, Jack?” “This is going to be a bit of a shock to you, I’m afraid,” he said. “But I’ve thought about it a good deal and I’ve decided the only thing to do is tell you right away. I hope you won’t blame me too much.”

“So there it is,” he added. “And I know it’s kind of a bad time to be telling you, bet there simply wasn’t any other way. Kind of a bad time? This chick is psycho, it's always a bad time! QUOTES “It’s the old story,” he said. “Get the weapon, and you’ve got the man.” A shock? I think she took it pretty well.
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