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Lamb To A Slaughter By Roald Dahl

855 words - 4 pages

Lamb to a Slaughter by Roald Dahl.

In the short story “Lamb to a Slaughter” by Roald Dahl. The author successfully brings the story to a satisfactory ending by concluding the main context of the text.

Dahl cleverly lulls the reader into a false sense of security as he depicts the perfect domestic scene. Dahl illustrates a warm, pleasant, loving home by describing Mary's evening routine; waiting for her husband, taking his coat and having drinks ready. He does this by using phrases such as, “went forward to kiss him as he entered” and “the curtains were closed and two table lamps were lit” This provides a gentle atmosphere to prevail which then makes the conclusion even ...view middle of the document...

From their first greeting Mary is overwhelmingly affectionate towards him while he is cold and blunt in return which suggests that he is distancing himself for what is to come. When Patrick downs his whisky in one swallow Dahl highlights that this is “an unusual thing” The mention of a change in routine in this way makes the reader feel anxious and aware that something may be about to happen. Dahl increases this when he describes Mary as frightened, climaxing with Patrick's statement” this is going to be a big shock to you.

The reader always engages with Mary as Dahl surreptitiously informs us that she is with child. This makes Patrick's cold and distant behaviour even more unacceptable. Dahl portrays Patrick as selfish and uncaring, this is shown by the dialogue between him and Mary. Patrick is very rude and cold to Mary telling her to “Sit down” and “Forget it”. This is culminated with Patrick's handling of his news that he is leaving Mary, he shows himself to be egotistical stating “there really needn't be any fuss, I hope not anyway, it really wouldn't be very good for my job” All of this makes us engage and sympathise with Mary even more. Even after she murders her husband we are still on her side, Dahl reminds the reader very quickly after the murder that Mary is pregnant...

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