Exposition: Mary's husband comes home from work, and he doesn't seem to be in a good mood.
Yes, I am.
Are you tired, honey?
Rising Action: Patrick tells Mary that he is leaving her.
...And I know it's kind of a bad time to be telling you, but there simply wasn't any other way. Of course, I'll give you money and see you're looked after.
What is it, darling? What's the matter?
Rising Action: Mary can't feel her toes touching the ground and she is in shock, and Patrick begins to leave.
Don't make me supper! I'm going out!
Do you want dinner?
Setting: The story is set around the 1950's. Mary Maloney is waiting in a room waiting for her husband to come home.
Climax: Mary kills her husband with a leg of a lamb
Point of view and tone: Third person limited, and the tone is sad/cruel at the beginning, then comical at the end.
Falling Action: Mary calls the cops telling them that her husband is dead, and they do not suspect it was her.
We need to find the murder weapon!!
I hope they don't know its me!!
Conflict: External: Character vs. Character, when Patrick is leaving Mary, and then again when Mary kills Patrick. Then a little internal conflict when Mary is deciding what to do next after she killed Patrick.
Resolution: The cops eat the lamb (or the murder weapon), and they never knew she was the murderer.
Main Characters: Mary Maloney: She is round and dynamic because we saw her loving her husband, getting angry, and being sad and crying. She is dynamic because she changed at the moment where she realized that it was all real and her husband was gone. Patrick Maloney: He is flat and static. He is flat because we never see any other sides to him, and he is static because he never changes or changes his mind about leaving her.
Symbolism: The lamb leg represents Mary's weakness. She does everything for her husband, then he asks for a divorce. In the beginning, she is like a lamb, following her husbands' directions. When she kills Patrick she is also killing her old self, and revealing her true self.
Theme: The theme is don't judge a book by its cover, (Appearance versus Reality) and don't underestimate women.