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Lamb To The Slaughter? And ?The Speckled Band” Essay, Research Paper
Murder mysteries all have a
similar plot consisting of a body, a motive, a weapon, a suspect, an alibi and
detectives. Viewers and readers expect this in the text, Lamb to the Slaughter
and The Speckled Band are no exception.The structures of the two stories are very
different, with The Speckled Band story unfolding in chronological order,
finding out the murderer right at the end, however in the Lamb to the
Slaughter, the murderer is known at the beginning of the story.The two stories are seen from two different points
of view, first-person narratorinTheSpeckled Band as Dr
within the story and therefore limited in understanding and the all-knowingthird-person
narratoror omniscient in Lamb to the Slaughter as the narrator stands
outside the story itself and guide the reader’s understanding of characters and
the significance of their story. ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? ????????? Most murder mysteries have the typical
victims, murderers, and detectives, this is especially true in the older murder
mysteries by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The Speckled Band has a typical detective,
the famous detective being Sherlock Holmes with his deer stalker hat and pipe
always deep in thought about the investigation ?his arms folded, his hat pulled
down over his eyes, and his chin sunk upon his breast, buried in the deepest
thought?. But in the Lamb to the Slaughter the detectives are so foolish and
naives, a complete contrast to Sherlock Holmes. Sherlock Holmes comes across as
a typical fictional detective. In addition Miss Stoner, in The Speckled Band is a
typical victim, vulnerable, anxious, weak and scared. She say?s ? It is not
cold which makes me shiver?, she was worried for her life. This line grips the
reader and we can sense that something sinister is about to happen. Also in The
Speckled Band, Dr Roylott, is the evil, plotting, devious, fictional murderer,
this character was portrayed in most murder mysteries stories written in the
late 19 century. The Speckled Band was written in 1892.????????? In the Lamb to the Slaughter we had no
idea who the murderer and victim were going to be until the murder had been
committed, in fact you might of thought the roles would have been reversed once
reading the first few pages. The detectives in the story are portrayed as
acting as typical modern police detectives, they eat the evidence! The
detectives appear so stupid and useless compared to the marvellous and
calculating Sherlock Holmes. ????????? The points of high tension are
different in the two stories. In The Speckled Band the main point of high
tension is right at the end when they find out who the murderer is and when the
snake comes at Holmes ?Holmes sprang from the bed, struck a match, and lashed
furiously with his cane at the bell-pull?. Other points of tension were Helen Stoner talking to
Holmes, ? Frightened eyes like those of some hunted animal?, the night of the
murder, ?A wild wind. The wind was?
howling outside?.. suddenly there burst forth the wild scream of a
woman?, and the sister?s hot words, ?She suddenly shrieked out in a voice which
I shall never forget, ? O, my God! Helen! It was the band! The Speckled band!?.
In the Lamb to the Slaughter the point of high tension is whether the
detectives would find out that it was Mrs Maloney who killed her husband,
?Probably right under our very noses. What do you think, Jack?? And in the
other room, Mary Maloney began to giggle?.????????? The differences in the settings in the
two stories is that the Roald Dahl story is set in the present time, whereas
the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle story is set in a period of over 100 years ago. Both
of the murders are set in the family home. In the Lamb to the Slaughter, ?The
room was warm and clean, the curtains drawn, the two table lamps alight?.? ?The bedrooms in this wing are on the ground
floor, the sitting-rooms being in the central block of the building?, describes
the house of Dr Roylott in The Speckled Band.????????? From my perspective I think that the
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle story, The Speckled Band is the most successful out of
the two, as the author made the main character, Sherlock Holmes such an
intriguing and interesting character, who draws the audience in. He leaves the
reader in suspense until the end of the story until the murderer is revealed.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle?s stories are so well-know due to the stories being
turned into films and shown on the television.????? Katherine
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