Lamb to the Slaughter

Lamb to the Slaughter

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  • Direct Characterazation
  • "Her skin – for this was her sixth month with child – had acquired a wonderful translucent quality, the mouth was soft, and the eyes, with their new placid look, seemed larger darker than before." 
  • "Why don’t you eat up that lamb that’s in the oven? It’ll be cooked just right by now.”
  • Speech
  • That’s the way, she told herself. Do everything right and natural. Keep things absolutely natural and there’ll be no need for any acting at all.
  • Thoughts
  • It’d be a favor to me if you’d eat it up. Then you can go on with your work again afterwards.”
  • This is direct characterization because it is giving information about Mary directly.  This information is telling us that she is six months pregnant. It is also giving other characteristics about her looks. You can tell that she is a happy woman and loves her husband (for now).
  • Effects on Others
  • This is an example of characterization because the weapon that killed Patrick was the lamb. All of the policeman there were looking for the weapon but they would never expect it to be the lamb that they are about to eat. If she gets them to eat it then there will be no evidence of the weapon which will most likely mean that she will get away with killing Patrick. 
  • Actions
  • “Personally, I think it’s right here on the premises.” “Probably right under our very noses. What you think, Jack?” And in the other room, Mary Maloney began to giggle.
  • Mary Maloney was a young woman. She had short blonde hair and wore a dress.  Mary was also pregnant.
  • Women in the 1950s were supposed to love and respect all their husband's descions no matter what. After killing Patrick she knows that the penalty for murder is death so she has to come up with a strong alibi. Yes, Mary will have to act but she means that it should come naturally and make it seem to herself that she has no idea what happened to Patrick.
  • Looks
  • Mary Maloney convinced the officers to eat up all of the lamb. The lamb was the weapon that killed Patrick. Without the weapon Mary will get away with the murder of Patrick. This is a clever way to get rid of the weapon. In a perfect murder, one requirement is to get rid of the weapon. Without the weapon it will make it a lot harder to find the person who killed Patrick. This shows that Mary is a smart woman and can take care of herself.
  • This is characterization because this shows that there is some humor to Mary Maloney. With the lamb being the weapon it technically is right under their noses but they won't ever know except for Mary. This is proof that Mary is a cold blooded killer and she meant to do every bit of it.
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  • This shows the style of women in the 1950s. Lots of women at that time would wear their hair short and most would wear dresses. This is the traditional look of most women during this time. They had to look presentable for when their husbands came home and have to act in a cheerful manner. 
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