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Lamb to the Slaughter by Roald Dahl was a very enjoyable and witty short story The story revolves around Mary Maloney the loving wife of respected policeman Patrick Maloney Life is bliss for the couple until one day when Patrick announces that he is leaving Mary Mary kills Patrick and does her best to cover up her crime Roald Dahl uses tension surprising contrasts and twists to create an engaging short story Tension is an integral technique used by Dahl in Lamb to the Slaughter that helps to create a more interesting short story Tension adds the idea of macabre and allows the story to develop at a steady pace To create tension Dahl describes some areas in great detail and in contrast he describes some scenes vary vaguely allowing you to come to your own conclusions about what happens When Patrick enters the house it is very vague in the description and this creates obvious tension between the couple and makes the situation seem very uneasy Dahl is also clever in the way that he creates tension by describing scenes in detail with the curtains drawn the two table lamps alight When is Patrick is sitting with Mary just before he breaks the news the time travels tremendously slow and there is an uncomfortable silence between Mary and Patrick This shows that there is something is not right and that there is tension between the couple The overall effect of the tension is a key reason to my enjoyment of this story The surprising contrasts that Dahl uses throughout the story keep the reader interested in the plot Dahl builds up images from what different characters say think and act These images are then quickly shattered making the whole story very ironic It is ironic that Patrick is killed by his dinner and when the policemen are discussing the murder weapon and say Probably right under our very noses When in fact the murder
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