The Lamb To The Slaughter

The Lamb To The Slaughter
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  • Inciting Incident - When Patrick tells Mary that he's going to leave her when she's six months pregnant.
  • I'm leaving you, but I'll have you taken care of.
  • Rising Action - Mary slips into a faze, starts making dinner, and then murders Patrick with the lamb leg she got from the basement freezer.
  • Rising Action - Mary has to hide the evidence that she killed Patrick, so she goes to the store and acts like she's perfectly fine.
  • Setting: 1920s, probably somewhere in England based on their dialect and the way they speak.
  • Rising Action - The tension is still rising because we are anxiously waiting to see if Mary gets away with her crime or not.
  • Third person limited
  • Climax - The officers mention the murder weapon, and little do they know that they're literally eating the evidence.
  • Probably right under our very noses.
  • Personally  I think it's right here on the premises.
  • External, Man vs. Man - Mary is upset with Patrick for leaving her alone with child as she's six months pregnant.  She eventually kills Patrick. Internal, Man vs self - Mary is guilty, but is trying to get away with her crime only because she is concerned for her child.
  • Falling Action/Resolution - Mary starts laughing in the other room, we wonder if she was caught or not, and we find that she has fully gotten away with this scheme. Her and her child will be safe.
  • Main Characters: Mary Maloney is a Round and Dynamic Character, at the beginning you thin she is just this sweet happy woman, but throughout the story we find she shows the sad side of her, and she changes when killing her own husband. Patrick Maloney is a Flat Static character, his only personality trait is rude and selfish. He does not mentally change throughout the story at all.
  • symbolism: Patrick - is a symbol of the consequences of our actions Mary - the people we underestimate/untrue stereotypes Leg of lamb - Obvious clue/solution to a problem that we often overlook
  • Theme 1. Treat people how you want to be treated 2. Don't judge a book by it's cover 3. Don't listen to stereotypes
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