Lamb to the Slaughter Questions and Answers
by Roald Dahl

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Metaphorically speaking, what does it mean to lead a lamb to the slaughter? Given this, who is the lamb being led to the slaughter in the story and who is leading the lamb?

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The title "Lamb to the Slaughter" is both a biblical allusion and a double (or triple) entendre. A lamb being led to a place where it will be slaughtered goes along without resistance because it is so young and ignorant. The biblical allusion is to Isaiah 53:7 in the Old Testament:

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

Mary Maloney behaves like a lamb up to the point where she succumbs to her pent-up rage and...

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