Mary Maloney Essay

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Mary Maloney Characterization -Stay at home wife -Lives to please her husband -6 months pregnant -She is always sewing -"Like the perfect Wife" -Madly in love, she is like a sunbather soaking up his manliness and love. -The Perfect Couple -She becomes like a robot and walks to get the lamb and bangs it over her husbands head. -She gets alibi by going to the grocery store. Patrick Maloney Characterization -Senior Police officer -Refuses her offer to make him dinner -Punctual as always -On Thursdays, they eat out -He is behaving unusual...he gulps his first drink then makes himself another one, much stronger. -There is something that Mr. Maloney needs to tell his wife, and he is drinking in order to calm his nerves. -He is leaving her 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." Type of Irony: Situational Irony Explanation: The audience knows that Marry loves her husband and never expected she would have killed her husband. Mary was characterized as a loving wife never expected to kill. "'Patrick's decided he's tired and he doesn't want to eat out tonight,' she told him. 'We usually go out Thursdays, you know, and now he's caught me without any vegetables in the house.'" Type of Irony: Dramatic Irony Explanation: The audience knows that she killed him and he is not tired, she just wants an alibi. "'No, I've got meat, thanks. I got a nice leg of lamb in the freezer.'" Type of Irony: Dramatic Irony Explanation: We know that she has the lamb leg and it is cooking in the oven. It is in the oven so she can destroy the evidence. "She told how she'd put the meat in the oven - 'it's there now, cooking' - and how she'd slipped

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