How is irony used in "Lamb to the Slaughter" by Roald Dahl?

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

The main irony of the story is that a meek and mild housewife becomes a murderer—and not just any murderer, but a murderer who expertly covers her tracks and gets away with her crime. In general terms, all of the numerous ironies of the story point toward a role reversal, which is itself ironic. The policemen investigating the crime don't suspect Mary of carrying out this brutal killing. They're still operating under the sexist assumption that Mary, as a loyal and faithful housewife, is simply incapable of such a thing. Detectives are supposed to be inherently suspicious, to go where...

(The entire section contains 2 answers and 326 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now

Start your 48-hour free trial to unlock this answer and thousands more. Enjoy eNotes ad-free and cancel anytime.

Start your 48-Hour Free Trial
Approved by eNotes Editorial Team