Lamb To The Slaughter By Roald Dahl Analysis

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A mind-boggling one in three women (and one in four men) have been a victim of physical brutality by an intimate partner, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. That makes intimate partner violence “the single greatest cause of injury to women, according the Domestic Violence Intervention Program. Most of theses cases are because of the spouses in the relationship have some kind of mental disorder. A short story, written by Roald Dahl, named “Lamb to the Slaughter” is a story written about a soon to be family in the 1950s. In the 1950s you had a perfect wife, perfect child, and it was not uncommon to hear of adultery being committed. Though it was very uncommon to hear of a divorce. Which is why it is believed that …show more content…
Even when she heard the news that her husband had told her she tried to convince herself she had not heard it. In the short story it states, “she told herself as she hurried back home, she was returning to her husband and he was waiting for his supper. She had to cook it well and make it taste as good as possible, because the poor man was tired; and if she found anything unusual or terrible when she got home, then it would be a shock and she would have to react with grief and horror. Of course, she was not expecting to find anything unusual at home. She was just going home with the vegetables on Thursday evening to cook dinner for husband.” (Page 383) This shows her thought process of how she was convincing differently of the situation at hand. She eventually starts to believe herself and thinks she is just cooking dinner for her poor tired husband on a Thursday evening. Then when she gets home she finds her husband lying dead in the living room. The short story also states, “All the old love for him came back to her, and she ran over to him, knelt down beside him, and began to cry hard. It was easy. No acting was necessary” (Page 383) This proves that she had finally convinced herself that she had never killed her beloved

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