Analysis Of Lamb To The Slaughter

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Guilty As Charged
How would one know if such a heinous crime was caused by a person who was insane or a person who was fully aware of their actions and guilty? In this case, it is actually pretty simple. In the story, Lamb to the Slaughter, the character Mary Maloney’s husband, Patrick Maloney, arrived home from work one evening, bearing some bad news. He was leaving her. She didn’t like this idea, and sooner than later, Mary grabbed a lamb leg and struck her husband in the back of the head, and killed him. Just like that. Out of all of the people to claim they were insane during a crime they committed, Jeffrey Dahmer should definitely be one to claim. “Between the years of 1978 and 1991, Dahmer murdered 17 males. Rape, dismemberment, necrophilia,
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Mary was in shock after killing her husband. She was so caught up in anger, her emotions came back to her after she had already killed Patrick. In Lamb to the Slaughter, the text states, “All the old love and longing for him welled up inside her, and she ran over to him, knelt down beside him, and began to cry her heart out. It was easy. No acting was necessary.” This quote directly from the story helps Mary’s actions and behavior be clearer. She realized at this moment, the extent of what she had done. Furthermore, this event that happened, showing her emotions, proves that she regretted her decisions and she felt remorse for what she had done. Thus, proving her guilt. One wouldn’t feel remorse for something they didn’t do. And it certainly wouldn’t make them break down crying if they weren’t guilty of carrying out the crime. Mary doesn’t display any indicators of being unstable throughout the story, but the only time she becomes hysterical is when she realizes what she did, after coming out of shock. Just because Mary doesn’t verbally admit to her guilt, her actions and emotions that she displays after she killed her husband are enough to conclude that she is …show more content…
Her intent, motives, emotions, and behavior all prove that she is guilty. Not only guilty, but fully aware of right and wrong at the time she did it. Fully aware of right and wrong and able to control her actions. If she weren’t, why go through the effort of staging the whole crime scene, feeling remorse throughout the story, and having the detectives eat the only evidence that was solid, and the murder weapon? No one would suspect a housewife to be capable of committing such a heinous crime in these days, so why go through the effort? She obviously knew she did something wrong, or else, why go through the trouble of covering up where the crime happened? All things considered, the character Mary Maloney is guilty of murdering her husband and was fully capable of controlling herself in this moment of

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