lamb to the slaughteruse atleast two adjectives to describe mary maloney at the beginning of the story use a quotation to show u r correct. how does she change in words or actions as the story...

lamb to the slaughter

use atleast two adjectives to describe mary maloney at the beginning of the story use a quotation to show u r correct. how does she change in words or actions as the story progresses

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I'd say that she is timid at the beginning of the story.  I would also say that she is traditional.  As the story goes on, she breaks out of these characteristics.  She is no longer the traditional wife who goes with what her husband says and does not speak out.  Instead, she stands up for herself and shows strength and cunning by killing her husband and then covering it up.

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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In addition to being a tranquil and calm person I would also say that she is completely in love with her husband and loves the role of playing the dutiful wife. She is certainly someone who "luxirates" in his presence as he comes home and has his evening drink. She waits on him and thinks that it is her role to treat him as if she were his slave and he were her lord and king.

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kiwi | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

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She is a 'tranquil' and calm person at the beginning of the story, and is content withher life and the future as she sees it. When she is told she will be abandoned, her primeval instincts to protect herself and her child kick in.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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At the very beginning of the story, I see her as domestic, peaceful and patient.  She's also pregnant.  Here is a description of her.

There was a slow smiling air about her, and about everything she did.  The drop of a head as she bent over her sewing was curiously tranquil.

She looks forward to her husband coming home, but is not too interested.  When he does, she describes the quiet silence as "always a blissful time of day."

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