Lamb to the slaughter Author:Roald Dahl


Lamb to the slaughter is a murder story. Mary Maloneys husband Patrick comes home from work cranky and tells his the bad news. Mary Maloney is mad so she hits him with a frozen lamb chop and kills him. Trying to appear innocent, she cooks up a plan to remain blameless.

The police don't realize that Patricks wife could have murdered him so they just treated her as any other person at the scene of ther crime.


Everyone is a suspect until proven innocent

Evidence #1: Probably right under our very noses. What you think, Jack?" And in the other room, Mary Maloney began to giggle.

Analyze and Explain: This piece of evidence actually has evidence in it. When Mary Maloney giggled it showed that shine was happy about the circumstances. It also show that the police weren't thinking and theyt should have payed more attention the project on hand.

Evidence #2: This story seemed to take place in an earlier time period. This shows that the police wouldn't have had the technology they have today to find out she killed him.

Analyze and explain: If the police would have had the technology of today to help them catch the killer . The police today would also also not accept a glass of alcohol or a leg of lamb either

Evidence #3: One of the things I noticed was that the police didnt ask every one to leave so they could look for evidence

Analyze and explain: If they had treated everyone as a suspect, they might have come to the conclusion that the lamb could have caused the death of Patrick, Ms. Maloneys husband.

Slide by Lucy Gronau

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