How do stereotypes and bias affect the behavior of the characters in this story?

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Stereotypes and bias play a huge role in the short story, "Lamb to the Slaughter" by Roald Dahl.  At the start of the story, the main character, Mary Maloney, is presented as the epitome of a stereotypical housewife- she waits patiently in the living room for her husband to come home from work, ready to serve him his drink and cook him dinner.  She appears to have accepted this role.  It is clear from the way that her husband speaks to her that he also sees her in this light, and treats her accordingly.  He sees her as weak and obedient, and expects to be able to walk away from her with out any "fuss" as long as he gives her some money.  

It is because he views her as this stereotype that he is caught unawares when she reacts violently to the news of his betrayal.  He hollers at her to stop making...

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