Comparing the Spechled Band and Lamb to the Slaughter

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Comparing Lamb To The Slaughter and The Speckled Band Comparison Essay n this essay I am going to be comparing and contrasting two short stories, 'Lamb To The Slaughter' by Roald Dahl and 'The Speckled Band' by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I will comment on used techniques and how the two stories are similar and different. Both of the stories have ingredients to make them detective stories. Both have a murderer, a weapon and a motive however 'The Speckled Band' is very typical of the detective story genre, and 'Lamb To The Slaughter' is not what is expected in this genre. The first similarity that I notice when reading these two stories is that both of the titles include the murder weapon. In 'Lamb To The Slaughter' a leg of lamb is the murder weapon. This is actually fairly ironic because when I first read the title it sounds as if the 'Lamb' would be an innocent victim. In 'The Speckled Band' the speckled band is a snake and is the murder weapon. This title can be very misleading as 'Band' has a lot of different meanings and most people wouldn't know that the speckled band is a snake. One of the most obvious differences in these two stories is the use of technique. In Roald Dahl's 'Lamb To The Slaughter' the story revolves around Mrs Mary Maloney, a happily loving pregnant glowing housewife who turns out to be a psychopathic killer 'Her sixth month with child'. This is very uncommon in the detective genre because most stories would either revolve around the victims or the detectives investigating the murder. With using this technique it makes it hard for the reader to have any idea about what the end of the story is going to be like. In 'The Speckled Band' Conan-Doyle uses a more common technique and has his story revolving around the detective, Sherlock Holmes. I am guessing that writers quite often
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