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LAMB TO THE SLAUGHTER

ROALD DAHL
1916 - birth in Llandaff, Wales
1925 - moves to England to study
1934 - works for Shell company
1939 - RAF period - II World War
1942 - first story published
most known for his childrens
books, which were made into films:
James and the Giant Peach (1961),
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
(1964), Fantastic Mr. Fox (1970),
The Witches (1983), Matilda (1988),
among many others
1990 - death in England
Images: Stills from James and the Giant Peach, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Witches, Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Alfred Hitchcock Presents, 1958
Tales of the Unexpected, 1979
PLOT
Image: Lamb to the Slaughter, in Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1958)
PLOT
Image: Lamb to the Slaughter, in Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1958)
CHARACTERS

Six-month-pregnant housewife
Conscientious wife
Devoted to husband and home
Docile and submissive
Mary Maloney

Emotional, impulsive
Cunning and deliberate
Devoted to self and baby (?)
Manipulative and deceitful
Before news After news
Image: Lamb to the Slaughter, in Tales of the Unexpected (1979)
CHARACTERS

Hard-working police officer
Deliberate, quiet
Devoted to wife
Intent looks which cannot be clearly interpreted by the reader
Patrick Maloney
Image: Lamb to the Slaughter, in Tales of the Unexpected (1979)
CHARACTERS

Cookie-cutter types
Easily manipulated by Mary Maloney
Policemen, forensic
investigators, grocer
Image: Lamb to the Slaughter, in Tales of the Unexpected (1979)
POINT OF VIEW

Description by narrator
Mary Maloneys thinking processes
Reader is only given information
Mary herself might have
Mary Maloneys mixed with
narrators comments and
descriptions
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SETTING

Few lights, dim.
Warm place, curtains closed
Maloneys home
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Sams grocery
SETTING
Theres no preoccupation with physical descriptions. The
atmosphere is sensed by hearing, though.
When the clock said ten minutes to five, she began to listen, and a few
moments later, punctually as always, she heard the car tires on the
stones outside, the car door closing, footsteps passing the window, the
key turning in the lock. She stood up and went forward to kiss him as he
entered.

She took his coat and hung it up. Then she made the drinks, a strong
one for him and a weak one for herself; and soon she was back again in
her chair with the sewing, and he was in the other chair, holding the tall
glass, rolling it gently so that the ice knocked musically against the side
of the glass.

COMMENTARY
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Title
Dichotomy between peaceful first half and
violent second half
Dichotomy between Marys love and warmth
and her cunning and cold attitudes
Irony
Dubiety as to whom the culprit is and who
the victim is

BIBLIOGRAPHY
CENGAGE, Gale. Lamb to the Slaughter. Available at:
<http://millingtoncentralhs-
odr.scsk12.org/~dschnetzler/MCHS_Reference_Library/Mrs._Fairchild_files/La
mbtotheSlaughtereNotesunit.pdf> . Last access: 28 May 2014.
Roald Dahl website. Available at: http://www.roalddahl.com/>. Last access: 28
May 2014