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Lamb to the Slaughter
Transcript of Lamb to the Slaughter
And he told her. It didn't take long, four or five minutes at most, and she stay very still through it all, watching him with a kind of dazed horror as he went further and further away from her with each word. Conflict The conflict in this story is between Mary Maloney and her husband, Patrick. Patrick tells Mary some bad news, but the author does not directly tell you what it is. You can infer that it most likely is related to him leaving and divorcing her for another woman. What makes it even worse is that Mary is pregnant with a new child. She reacts to her husband by lashing out her anger on her husband. She hits him over the head with a frozen leg of a lamb. By doing this, she kills her husband and must cover up the murder. The protagonist of "Lamb to the Slaughter" would be Mary Maloney. She has the goal of covering up her husbands murder. She works hard to reach this goal, and has to do a lot to allow the plan to go smoothly. She has to act like everything is OK at the grocery store, mess up the house to look like a murder scene, and most importantly get rid of the murder weapon.
The antagonist of this story would be the policemen and detectives. They are trying to find out who did it while the murderer is right in the room with them. Although they are the `good guys', you still want Mary to get away with it. In the end, Mary does achieve her goal and the detectives don't figure it out. The theme is you shouldn't assume things about people. It's similar to the saying, "You shouldn't judge a book by its cover". The police thought Mary was just a little woman who couldn't hurt a fly. This was an aspect that allowed her to get away with the murder of her husband. If the police didn't just assume, she most likely would've gotten caught. `In fifteen minutes he was back with a page of notes, and there was more whispering, and through her sobbing she heard a few of the whispered phrases-”...acted quite normal...very cheerful...wanted to give him a good supper…peas...cheesecake...impossible that she...”' "At that point, Mary Maloney simply walked up behind him and without any pause she swung the big frozen leg of lamb high in the air and brought it down as hard as she could on the back of his head.
She might just as well have hit him with a steel club." “Personally, I think it’s right here on the premises.”
“Probably right under our very noses. What you think, Jack?”
And in the other room, Mary Maloney began to giggle. By: Marissa Daley