Lamb of the Slaughter Test
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"Now and again she would glance up at the clock, but without anxiety, merely to please herself with the thought that each minute gone by made it nearer the time when he would come. There was a slow smiling air about her..." (Paragraph 3)
"All right, she told herself. So I’ve killed him.It was extraordinary, now, how clear her mind became all of a sudden. She began thinking very fast." (Paragraph 44)
"And now, she told herself as she hurried back, all she was doing now, she was returning home to her husband and he was waiting for his supper..." (Paragraph 49)
This is direct characterization because the author clearly states that she patiently waits for her husband with much excitement showing that she loves him dearly because of the bottled up excitement she has before he even arrives.
"“Sit down,” he said. “Just for a minute, sit down.” It wasn’t till then that she began to get frightened." (Paragraph 33)
This is example of characterization through speech because this is how she acted after she killed her husband and realized what she had done.
““Probably right under our very noses. What you think, Jack?” And in the other room, Mary Maloney began to giggle.” (Paragraph 138-139)
“If you’re too tired to eat out,” she went on, “it’s still not too late. There’s plenty of meat and stuff in the freezer," (Paragraph 9)
This is an example of characterization through the thoughts of Mary because it shows Mary tried to cover her tracks by acting as if nothing ever happened. She thought if she could pretend like nothing ever happened and believed it for herself she would be able to be deceptive and trick people.
This shows Mary's effect on others because her surprised reaction shows that she usually gets a positive reaction from her husband when she acts in this type of way. So the reader can infer that Mary is obedient and passionate in pleasing her husband.
This shows Mary's actions can affect the readers perception on if she is insane or if the murder was intentional and if she is happy that she killed her husband because he hurt her. By her giggling it may show she is insane or it shows that she finds her crimes laughable and has no regret for what she committed.
This is an example of how Mary dresses because she stays at home and cleans and does all things that have to do with cleaning while her husband is at work. Also she wanted to cook so the reader can infer she wore some type of apron type outfit.
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