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Characterization in a short story can create sympathy in the reader Characterization is the means by which an author establishes and reveals various personalities in the story Roald Dahl in Lamb to the Slaughter WW Jacobs in The Monkeys Paw and Saki in The Interlopers develop realistic characters that possess strengths and weaknesses not unlike those of people the reader may know Mary Maloney in Lamb to the Slaughter is a devoted wife whose life revolves around the husband who betrays her Mr White in The Monkeys Paw is a man whose desire to have more than he now possesses creates devastation for the family Greatly influenced by an ancient land dispute Ulrich von Gradwitz in The Interlopers makes the decision to rewrite a different end to the feud The authors of Lamb to the Slaughter The Monkeys Paw and The Interlopers develop their characters in various ways in order to create realistic people who draw the reader into each storyMary Maloney in Lamb to the Slaughter is a devoted wife whose life orbits around the husband which is Mr Maloney who betrays her for infidelity and alcohol Mary Maloney is a perfect and devoted house wife also an expectant mother She waits happily each night for the arrival of her husband Patrick from work at the police station But on one Thursday night she commits an almost perfect murder The author Roald Dahl has developed the character of Mary Maloney both through direct and indirect characterization This reveals her character as being dynamic through her words and personality and is what makes this short story a success In the Book the narrator tells the quote from Mrs Maloney and reads Thats the way she told herself Do everything right and natural Keep things absolutely natural and therell be no need for any acting at all The significance of characterization helps a reader to actually give feelings and a care about the Wife or Mrs
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