Lamb to the Slaughter Questions and Answers

Lamb to the Slaughter

There are various instances of verbal irony and dramatic irony in this story. Having failed to find the murder weapon, one of the officers concludes the story by making the remark that the murder...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2020, 11:35 am (UTC)

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Lamb to the Slaughter

The reason that Mrs. Mary Maloney kills her husband is that she is in a state of shock after his announcement that he is leaving her. If you had told Mary that she was going to kill her husband the...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2021, 11:09 am (UTC)

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Lamb to the Slaughter

Patrick Maloney's exact words are never revealed in the story, which is important in building the sense of confusion that Mary Maloney feels upon hearing his words. Although she is a doting wife,...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2020, 11:20 am (UTC)

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Lamb to the Slaughter

“Lamb to the Slaughter” has several themes, but perhaps the most prominent and compelling is jealousy or, more precisely, the speed and intensity with which love can turn to hatred. Mary Maloney...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2019, 2:15 am (UTC)

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Lamb to the Slaughter

From a strictly factual viewpoint, it could certainly be said that Mary Maloney is guilty of killing her husband. There are no other factors at play in the instance of his death that could have...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2020, 6:12 am (UTC)

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Lamb to the Slaughter

The detectives all knew Mary and knew her to be a loving, devoted wife--which she actually was up to the time her husband Patrick announced that he was leaving her. There are strong indications in...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2015, 6:53 am (UTC)

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Lamb to the Slaughter

The title "Lamb to the Slaughter" has multiple layers of meaning. On a literal level, a frozen leg of lamb "slaughters" or kills Mr. Malone when his wife Mary whacks him on the head with it, but...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2020, 12:35 am (UTC)

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Lamb to the Slaughter

The two lead characters in the story are Mary and Patrick Maloney, a married couple who are not very high up the social ladder since they are a single income family with Patrick being the...

Latest answer posted December 1, 2015, 5:52 pm (UTC)

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Lamb to the Slaughter

In "Lamb to the Slaughter," we can find an example of foreshadowing after Mary has murdered Patrick and is sitting in front of the mirror, trying to regain her composure: "The smile was rather...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2016, 7:58 pm (UTC)

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Arguably, this quote definitely embodies the irony of the story and, at the same time, explains the exact moment when pregnant Mary Maloney seems to snap and kill her husband after learning that he...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2019, 12:06 am (UTC)

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Lamb to the Slaughter

The protagonist Mary Maloney in Roald Dahl’s short story “Lamb to the Slaughter” at first seems to be a stereotypical 1950s wife: faithful, obedient, and happily fulfilling the expected role of a...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2020, 3:57 am (UTC)

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Lamb to the Slaughter

The lamb in "Lamb to the Slaughter" symbolizes Mary. Traditionally, in Western culture, a lamb represents the innocent, spotless creature who is killed to atone for another's sin. Christ is often...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2020, 11:52 am (UTC)

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Lamb to the Slaughter

"Lamb to the Slaughter" is primarily set inside the home of the Maloneys. As the story opens, Mary Maloney is occupying herself while anxiously awaiting her husband's arrival. Her actions indicate...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2020, 7:18 pm (UTC)

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Lamb to the Slaughter

Mary is carefully characterized from the opening lines of "Lamb to the Slaughter" as a woman whose entire life revolves around her husband. Even before her name is mentioned, it is clear that she...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2020, 3:33 am (UTC)

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Lamb to the Slaughter

A metaphor is a comparison. This is a story leans heavily on descriptive details instead of metaphor, using imagery—description using the five senses of sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell—to...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2020, 1:53 pm (UTC)

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Lamb to the Slaughter

The story "Lamb to the Slaughter" is filled with many literary devices. Two of these devices involve the element of irony. One type of irony seen in the story is situational irony, and another type...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2020, 10:26 am (UTC)

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Lamb to the Slaughter

Dramatic irony occurs when the reader or audience member knows something that the characters in the story do not know. This kind of irony occurs in "Lamb to the Slaughter" at the very end of the...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2018, 12:16 am (UTC)

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Lamb to the Slaughter

Much of the foreshadowing occurs when Patrick Maloney returns home from work. He is acting moody and drinking more heavily than he usually does in the evening. He goes to mix himself another drink...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2016, 3:54 pm (UTC)

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Lamb to the Slaughter

The answer to this question is, of course, a matter of personal opinion. I will present arguments for each side of the issue and allow you to make up your own mind. On the one hand, we can argue...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2015, 6:49 pm (UTC)

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Lamb to the Slaughter

Mary’s behavior at the grocery store contradicts what happened earlier in the story because she is in a completely different frame of mind. Earlier in the story, Mary Maloney, who was in her sixth...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2020, 7:40 pm (UTC)

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Lamb to the Slaughter

The story is told from third person perspective and focuses mainly on Mary Maloney. On face value it appears that she and her husband have a good, healthy marriage. She is a good and dedicated...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2012, 9:09 pm (UTC)

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Lamb to the Slaughter

The love for her husband is as evident in her actions as it is in her words. The characterization of Mary Maloney shows her as a doting wife who, according to the narrator, spends a good time of...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2017, 3:27 am (UTC)

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Lamb to the Slaughter

From the Holy Bible, Isaiah 53:7 says All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all To fall on Him. He was oppressed...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2017, 11:26 pm (UTC)

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Lamb to the Slaughter

In a moment, Mary Maloney transforms from a woman who lives to please her husband to one prepared to do anything to save herself and her unborn child. That moment is well-captured in her thoughts...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2019, 5:16 am (UTC)

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Lamb to the Slaughter

The point of the story is that Mary gets away with the crime of murdering her husband. She does not go to jail. The police think she is innocent, even as they are eating the murder weapon she used,...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2019, 4:06 am (UTC)

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Lamb to the Slaughter

At the beginning of "Lamb to the Slaughter," Mary Maloney is described as luxuriating in the presence of her husband, like a sunbather worshipping the sun. His homecoming is a blissful time of day,...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2020, 8:44 am (UTC)

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Lamb to the Slaughter

I agree that this thesis statement summarizes your argument well and can easily be defended by referencing the text. However, another characteristic of a strong thesis statement is that there is...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2020, 6:54 pm (UTC)

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Lamb to the Slaughter

In the story "Lamb to the Slaughter," Mary Maloney's killing of her husband does not appear at all to be premeditated. Mary kills her husband as a response to his declaration that he is leaving...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2019, 12:41 am (UTC)

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Lamb to the Slaughter

In "Lamb to the Slaughter," Mary Maloney kills her husband by striking him across the head with a frozen leg of lamb. She then proceeds to cook the lamb in the oven while the police are in her...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2021, 10:40 am (UTC)

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Lamb to the Slaughter

Mary's pregnancy makes it all the more shocking that her husband is planning to leave her. She is six months pregnant—very far along for him to decide to bail out of the marriage. Further, the...

Latest answer posted June 3, 2019, 3:44 am (UTC)

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Lamb to the Slaughter

Mary Maloney faces two major conflicts in Roald Dahl's story “Lamb to the Slaughter.” The day has been a perfectly normal one, and as the story opens, Mary is waiting for her husband, Patrick, a...

Latest answer posted May 24, 2021, 8:55 pm (UTC)

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Lamb to the Slaughter

The first clue that this particular evening was going to be a break with routine was the husband's behavior with his drink. It was not uncommon for him to be silent as he unwound while enjoying...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2008, 2:33 pm (UTC)

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Lamb to the Slaughter

The overarching literary device Dahl uses in the story is pun. A pun is a word or phrases that has two or more applicable meanings at the same time. The title—and the most important act in the...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2020, 2:34 am (UTC)

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Lamb to the Slaughter

It is quite likely Patrick told Mary that he was leaving her. However, we do not initially expect such an uncharacteristic development, as the author begins the story innocently enough. The first...

Latest answer posted December 22, 2015, 3:31 pm (UTC)

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Mary and Patrick have an everyday routine which suggests the monotony of their lives. Mary, six months pregnant, is Patrick's servant, trying to anticipate his every want and need. What Mary...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2007, 4:46 am (UTC)

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Lamb to the Slaughter

"Lamb to the Slaughter" is told from the point of view of Mary Maloney. The story starts off when she is all alone, so we have to be in her point of view at the start. Her husband's arrival, his...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2016, 5:45 pm (UTC)

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Lamb to the Slaughter

Although the narrator does not explicitly state that Patrick has announced that he is leaving Mary, his pregnant wife, the words "of course, I'll give you money and see that you're taken care of"...

Latest answer posted April 7, 2020, 10:05 pm (UTC)

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Lamb to the Slaughter

We can infer what Patrick tells Mary from the way she treats him. She won't leave him in peace for a moment. She smothers him with affection and attention. For example: "Anyway," she went on,...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2015, 12:34 am (UTC)

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Lamb to the Slaughter

The main idea in the story is informed by irony. The story suggests that what we see is not what we get and that we are easily mislead by our perceptions of what is supposedly good and wholesome....

Latest answer posted August 28, 2016, 5:41 pm (UTC)

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Lamb to the Slaughter

In Roald Dahl’s “Lamb to the Slaughter,” Mary implores the police officers to eat the lamb that she used to murder her husband. Mary’s husband was a detective, so she knows that the murder weapon...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2020, 9:34 pm (UTC)

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Lamb to the Slaughter

The title of Roald Dahl's story is a humorous allusion to the Bible, in which there are many places in which a man who is going to be killed is being led quietly and passively "like a lamb to the...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2015, 4:29 pm (UTC)

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Lamb to the Slaughter

The reader has to feel something for Mary Maloney in order to be engaged. She commits a murder, then finds herself in a tight spot because the house is full of detectives and uniformed cops...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2013, 1:32 pm (UTC)

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Lamb to the Slaughter

Although "Lamb to the Slaughter" has a third-person narrator, the story is told with a strong focus on the thoughts and feelings of Mary Maloney. Mary idolizes her husband, and the reader never...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2020, 10:48 am (UTC)

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Lamb to the Slaughter

Patrick drinks two whiskey highballs before he tells his wife what is on his mind. The first highball was one she had made herself as their customary ritual for his return at the end of the day....

Latest answer posted May 2, 2016, 1:07 pm (UTC)

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Lamb to the Slaughter

Mary Maloney’s preparations to conceal her crime begin as soon as she has killed her husband. She quickly decides to destroy the murder weapon by cooking it. She then leaves the house and goes to...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2019, 7:11 pm (UTC)

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Lamb to the Slaughter

Roald Dahl's short story "Lamb to the Slaughter" contains numerous poetic, or rhetorical, devices. Prior to providing the examples of specific devices, allow the devices in question to be defined....

Latest answer posted October 14, 2013, 3:38 pm (UTC)

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Lamb to the Slaughter

The point of view in "Lamb to the Slaughter" is third person; although, the third person perspective is not the common omniscient point of view. We know that the story is in third person, because...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2016, 1:46 pm (UTC)

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Lamb to the Slaughter

The most basic answer to this question is that she needed vegetables to go with the dinner she was cooking, a leg of lamb. Because it was Thursday, Mr. and Mrs. Maloney usually went out to dinner,...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2015, 5:06 pm (UTC)

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Lamb to the Slaughter

Mary Maloney waits for her husband to come home each night and knows exactly what he will do and say. Patrick's arrival that night is described from Mary's point of view, and she senses that...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2015, 5:08 am (UTC)

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Lamb to the Slaughter

It is quite simple to identify what is appearance and what is reality in Roald Dahl's short story "Lamb to the Slaughter." The interesting part is finding out how the author juxtaposes them in a...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2015, 7:34 pm (UTC)

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