In "Lamb to the Slaughter" by Roald Dahl, how is motivation used?

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I believe that this question is asking about character motivation and what motivates that particular character to act. Mary Maloney is a good character to use regarding motivation. When readers are first introduced to Mary, she exists to serve her husband. She is patiently waiting for him to get home, and once Patrick gets home, Mary flutters around the house getting him food and drink so that he can relax after his day of work.

She wasn’t really watching him, but she knew what he had done because she heard the ice cubes falling back against the bottom of the empty glass when he lowered...

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