In "Lamb to the Slaughter," why is the lamb a symbol of revenge?

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khenson eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The leg of lamb is a symbol of revenge in Dahl's short story, "Lamb to the Slaughter".

The weapon used to commit murder is the frozen leg of lamb which the police officers later consume.  The husband has obviously decided that he is not content with his marriage and feels it is time to move on.  The wife seeks revenge upon her husband as she is seemingly committed to him and their union.