lamb to the slaughter

lamb to the slaughter

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  • Direct Characterization/static or dynamic
  • "Her skin – for this was her sixth month with child – had acquired a wonderful quality, the mouth translucent was soft, and the eyes, with their new placid look, seemed larger darker than before." (Paragraph 3)
  • Speech
  • “Listen,” he said. “I’ve got something to tell you.” “What is it, darling? What’s the matter?” He had now become absolutely motionless, and he kept his head down so that the light from the lamp beside him fell across the upper part of his face, leaving the chin and mouth in shadow. She noticed there was a little muscle moving near the corner of his left eye. (paragraph 32)
  • She began thinking very fast. As the wife of a detective, she knew quite well what the penalty would be. That was fine. It made no difference to her. In fact, it would be a relief. On the other hand, what about the child? What were the laws about murderers with unborn children? Did they kill them both – mother and child? Or did they wait until the tenth month? What did they do? (paragraph 47)
  • Thoughts
  • This is an example of direct characterization because it tells the reader that Mary is six months pregnant and that she had beautiful skin. Mary is a dynamic character because she starts as a regular housewife but then turns into a manipulative, crazy murderer.
  • Effects on others
  • Would she mind having a look around to see if anything was missing – a very big spanner, for example, or a heavy metal vase (paragraph 96).
  • “Please,” she begged. “Please eat it. Personally I couldn’t touch a thing, certainly not what’s been in the house when he was here. But it’s all right for you. It’d be a favor to me if you’d eat it up.Then you can go on with your work again afterwards.”There was a good deal of hesitating among the four policemen, but they were clearly hungry, and in the end they were persuaded to go into the kitchen and help themselves (Paragraph 117-119).
  • This is an example of characterization through speech because it shows how Patrick acts differently when it comes to telling Mary what seems like bad news. Patrick seems guilty and ashamed as he tells Mary this news. Patrick seems to become more "innocent" as he tells Mary this news by speaking with his head down and looking upset.  
  • Actions
  • "she saw him lying there on the floor with his legs doubled up and one arm twisted back underneath his body, it really was rather a shock." (paragraph 63)
  • This is an example of Mary's thoughts by showing the way she's thinking about what she did to Patrick and her saying that she knows how this is most likely going to go for her if she doesn't cover it up because she was a detectives wife. Mary also describes what her "game" plan is going to be and what she needs to do so the baby never ends up alone without her.
  • Looks
  • This is an example of effects on others because Mary has the detectives thinking the murder weapon that was used to kill Patrick was something heavy and made of metal when really it was the frozen leg of lamb she had. Mary had them thinking this because of the way she set up the murder, along with the way she told her alibi.  Mary also had no witnesses that saw her kill Patrick too. 
  • This is an example of actions because it is showing how the words and tones that Mary is using is persuading the detectives feel guilty and want to eat the lamb. Mary made her cries very believable and that's why they ate the lamb (murder weopon).
  • This describes looks because it describes the way Patrick looks while he is lying on the floor dead.  The author describes the way his pose was, that his legs were twisted back and that his arm was underneath his body.
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