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Character Essay Characterization a method that an author chooses to develop hisher character is a very important element in a story In Lamb to the Slaughter Roald Dahl effectively develops the protagonist both directly and indirectly however the use of indirect characterization is more dominant because it reveals her actions and how she deals with her conflict her words and creating a dynamic character with her words and her personality First she seems like a typical house-wife longing for her husband to return but something is odd about this particular day There was a slow smiling air about her and about everything she didwas curiously tranquilthe eyes with their new placid look seemed larger and darker than before 108 It was almost as if she is expecting something unusual to happen and that she is preparing for that specific moment In addition her actions change from being a wife-pleasing-husband to a self-conscious woman that knew all of a sudden exactly what to do as if she had been prepared for months Also in the beginning of the story she is described as a inoffensive harmless person but immediately after her husband reveals his burden she becomes unstable and almost naturally she hits her husband She simply walked up behind him and without any pause she swung the big frozen leg of lamband brought it down as hard as she could 111 And as strange as it looks she goes somewhat through a metamorphoses from being a content house-wife to a maniac possessed woman to the point of killing her husband Second she reveals through her words her duplicity and deceitfulness by exterminating all the evidence left When the police arrived she trying to hide evidence asks for her husbands whiskey Jackwould you mind giving me a drinkYou mean this whiskeyYes pleaseWhy dont you eat up that lamb that is in the oven 115116 and the reader realizes that she tries to convince others with her
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