Lamb to the Slaughter- Motif Analysis

Lamb to the Slaughter- Motif Analysis
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  • Mary Maloney is waiting for her venerated husband, Patrick, to arrive home from work.
  • When he arrives home, Mary notices some irregularities in his behavior. He looks uncharacteristically upset. He proceeds to tell her something that made her extremely indignant and vexed.
  • Patrick, in his disgruntled state, didn't hear Mary going to the freezer and pulling out a frozen leg of lamb, which she proceeds to hit him with. He is killed instantly.
  • Now that the murder is complete, Mary needs an alibi. She goes to the grocer and strikes up a normal conversation. She appears to only want to make a lovely dinner for her husband.
  • When the police arrive at the scene of the murder, Mary acts innocent of any wrongdoing. She presents her alibi of going to the grocery store. The police believe her story and begin searching for the potential murder weapon.
  • The policemen, unaware that they are eating the only evidence they have of Mary's crime, begin to discuss the potential motives of the killing. Mary, meanwhile, laughs with mirth as she got away with "the perfect crime."
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