Lamb to the Slaughter

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This lesson contains 37 slides, with interactive quizzes, text slides and 2 videos.

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Today's goals
After today's lesson, you can

- You can analyze a short story.
- You understand and know how to use the correct terminology for the analysis. 

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Roald Dahl

Slide 4 - Mind map

Roald Dahl
  • British author (1916 - 1990)
  • Wrote both children's and adult books and stories
  • Children's often funny
  • Adults' often bizar. 

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Lamb to the slaughter
Waar zou de tekst over kunnen gaan?

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Slide 7 - Video

Conflict: protagonist and antagonist

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What are your initial impressions of Mary Maloney as a character?

Slide 9 - Open question

How is the relationship between Mary and her husband Patrick portrayed?

Slide 10 - Open question

What atmosphere is created in the opening scene of the story?

Slide 11 - Open question

What details or clues are present in the text that might hint at potential developments later in the story?

Slide 12 - Open question

How would you interpret Mary Maloney's behavior in the text? What does this reveal about her character?

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What tragic news does Patrick give Mary at the beginning of the book? How do you think this impacts her emotionally? How does she react?

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What does Patrick Maloney tell Mary before she kills him?
He does not like her cooking.
That he is not happy with his job.
That he is having an affair.
That he wasn't hungry.

Slide 15 - Quiz

Write your impression of Mary Maloney as a wife. Multiple answers are possible.

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What is the significance of Patrick's profession and Mary's interaction with the police?

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Justify the title of the story "Lamb to the Slaughter."

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Who is the protagonist (main character) in "The Lamb to the Slaughter?"
Jack Noonan, the detective
Mary Maloney
Patrick Maloney
Sam, the greengrocer

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Who is the antagonist in the story?
Mary Maloney
Patrick Maloney
Jack Noonan
the detectives

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Dynamic character
Character that changes during the story (narrative) and learns from the changes. 
e.g. through conflict, challenges, experience.

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Describe the first dynamic character moment in the short story.

Slide 22 - Open question

Character analysis: Write down the evidence from the text about Mary's loyalty to her husband.

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Open question: Do you think Mary Maloney is "a good wife" to Patrick? Explain your answer in at least ten words.

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Situational Irony
when one’s efforts produces the opposite results of what was expected 
difference between what you expect can/will happen and what actually happens

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What is an example of situational irony in 'Lamb to the slaughter'?
Mary 's personality
Patrick's personality
The police looking for the murder weapon
Mary going shopping for supper.

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Dramatic Irony
when the audience/reader knows things the characters do not. Because of this the audience may foresee (NOT FORESHADOW) the outcome. 

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Name three situations in the story that could be seen as dramatic irony.

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What is the main climax of the story?
Patrick coming home to work.
The police giving their estimation about the murder weapon and that it is still in the house.
The detectives eating the murder weapon.
Mary calling the police to report her husband's murder.

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What is the rising action in the story?
When Patrick delivers to Mary the bad news.
When the policemen arrived.
When Mary gets the leg of lamb from the freezer after being in shock.
When Mary called the police.

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What is the falling action in the story?
Mary crying to the police.
Mary giggling.
The policemen eating the evidence.
When Mary cooks the lamb, goes to the store to buy vegetables and rehearses.

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What are some themes of Lamb to the Slaughter?

Slide 33 - Open question

What does the leg of lamb symbolize in the "Lamb to the Slaughter?"

Slide 34 - Open question

You have read the story, now watch the (rather old) version from the series "tales of the unexpected"

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Slide 36 - Video

What happens to the murder weapon?
Mary threw it away.
Mary puts it back into the freezer.
Jack Noonan found it under the sofa.
The detectives ate it.

Slide 37 - Quiz