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What is the symbolism and pont of view in the short story of Lamb to the Slaughter?

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jacqueline5142 | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 8, 2010 at 8:27 AM via web

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What is the symbolism and pont of view in the short story of Lamb to the Slaughter?

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tthusing | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted February 8, 2010 at 9:12 AM (Answer #1)

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"Lamb to the Slaughter" is written in 3rd person limited point of view.  We can see this because the narrator comments on Mary's thoughts and feelings, but cannot comment on any other characters.  This differs from 1st person because 1st person uses "I" and "me".  2nd person would be written as if you, the reader, were experiencing everything.  (You walk down a hall way and turn to find a dragon!)  This also differs from 3rd person omniscient because 3rd person omniscient can comment on the thoughts and feelings of every character in the story.

As far as the symbolism, you need to be more specific.  Do you mean the theme?

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