Examples Of Self Control In Lamb To The Slaughter

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When confronted with a tough situation, an individual may be feeling a sense of frustration, disappointment, or anger. In most cases, a person can control this raging feeling and not produce any violence. The Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Laboratory was conducting a study about why some individuals act on their violent thoughts whereas others do not. An individual's anger can turn into potentially dangerous actions because of their lack of self-control. Self-control is the main component to a well- functioning life. The character Mary Mahoney in the story “Lamb To The Slaughter” by Roald Dahl showed a lack of self-control in the moment when she snapped and unlawfully murdered her husband. What Mary proceeds to do after the murder of her …show more content…
Once Mary realized what she had done, she started to think about the consequences and what would happen to her and the baby since she is pregnant. She decides not to take any chances and wants to protect herself, and her baby. She proceeds to put the murder weapon, a leg of lamb, into the oven to cook. Mary touched up her makeup and practiced her convincing conversation that she would soon have with the grocer at the grocery shop. Once there, Mary says to the grocer, “Patrick’s decided he’s tired and doesn’t want to eat out tonight,” (Dahl 383). The character Mary is doing her best to act like it is a normal day, and her beloved husband Patrick is home, waiting for his dear wife to return to cook him dinner. Mary is aware that Patrick is indeed home, but he is dead on the ground in their living room. In her lying actions, Mary is shown to be guilty. Lying is a form of deception in which Mary does in her actions to cover up wrongdoings. The lies that Mary proceeds in doing shows that she was aware of her horrible crime and is trying to get away with it. Since she was fully aware and was lying, Mary Maloney is …show more content…
On her way home from the grocery shop, Mary is convincing herself that everything is normal and if she is just being natural, there will be no need for acting. Once home, she walks into the living and see’s her dead husband lying on the floor. Mary begins to sob over his dead body, almost like Patrick’s death was a surprise to her when Mary knew that she was the murderer. After the police were called and they had begun to investigate the premises, they noticed the leg of lamb in the oven. Mary says to all of the men investigating, “Why don’t you eat up that lamb that's in the oven… It’d be a favor to me if you’d eat it up,” (Dahl 386). In the story, Mary went to any measures to make sure she can keep herself safe and not become a suspect for her husband's murder. The police eating the lamb means that the evidence for the weapon is now destroyed, which makes one less thing Mary has to worry about. She mentions that they would be doing her a favor if they ate the lamb, which is indeed true. While being mindful in this situation, Mary shows the characteristics of a guilty criminal because of her conniving ways to not become accused of the murder. Furthermore, the character Mary is proud of the thought that she is going to be able to get away with the horrible crime that she committed. Mary listens in to the conversation between the four policemen in the other room eating

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