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Analyse des personnages
During the novella, we can notice an evolution in the character of Mrs Maloney.
At first, she is very kind and helpful with her husband. She feels sympathy to him, understanding him, finding excuses. It is obvious that she is really in love.
But when Mr Maloney announces her that he wanted to leave her for another woman, her behaviour begins to change: she is upset, “watching him with a kind of dazed horror”, and can’t believe it. She behaves as if nothing has happened and goes to the kitchen to cook the dinner.
It is when she kills him that her character changes at all: she plays a part in order to have an alibi : going to the grocer’s, phoning her friend (in the film), overturning everything in the house… She tries to look normal and seems to be shocked. Everything is calculated, she is very intelligent but also wicked : at the end, she giggles to see the policemen eating the leg of lamb, which is in fact the crime weapon.
Finally, she is not so innocent, contrary to the beginning.
The summary :
I really enjoyed the short story Lamb to the Slaughter written by Roald Dahl in 1953. It’s a detective story where we can feel Roald Dahl’s touch of black humor. The short story tells the story of Mary Maloney. The scene takes place at the Maloney’s home. She was waiting for her husband when he came back home, he was stressed and distant with his wife.
Suddenly, he broke the news. He wanted to divorce for another woman. She didn’t know how to react. She was dazed. She just wanted to do as if everything was normal. She understood that they wouldn’t go out for dinner so she decided to cook a leg of lamb and came back in the living room. She swung with the big frozen leg of lamb high in the air. Her husband died instantly.
After the crime, she was calm, she was thinking about the consequences of her act. She was pregnant and she thought of the death penalty. So she decided to create her alibi. She went to the grocer’s to buy some vegetables and to speak with Sam, the shop assisant. She came back home and turned all the furniture upside down so that one could believe the house had been broken into. After that, she called the police and said that her husband died.
In the novel, Mary Maloney was convincing in her victim’s role. She cried and she was confused. When the police arrived, they performed an investigation. They were looking for the crime weapon, but they didn’t find it. Slyly Mary Maloney used the late hour, to invite the investigators to take a glass of whisky and to take their dinner at home. And she prepared for their dinner the leg of lamb !
After going to the grocer’s she has put the leg of lamb in the oven. The investigators ate the crime weapon so they could not find any clues of her crime. She had committed a perfect crime !
My opinion :
I appreciate Lamb to the Slaughter because it’s an original detective story where we can see the feelings of the protagonist : Mary Maloney who doesn’t support to be deceived by her husband. So she committed a crime of passion. But this novel raises the problem of unsolved crime. But now, we’ll find the D.N.A. of Mary Maloney, thanks to the latest scientific discoveries she will be found guilty. But can we always know exactly the truth in all the investigations ? Can we hope that one day there will be a perfect justice ?
Charlotte LALLEMENT 1ère Littéraire
D'après l'oeuvre de Roald Dahl, étudié en Anglais, en 1ère L avec Mme Berthou.
A short story by Roald Dahl, published in 1953. Originally broadcast on April 13, 1958, it was one of only 17 AHP episodes directed by Hitchcock himself. The story was subsequently adapted for Dahl's British TV series Tales of the Unexpected.