As the wife of a detective, she knew what the punishment would be, so she hurries to cover her tracks, and does so quite successfully. They arrive promptly and investigate. Black humor which is the use of the grotesque, morbid, or absurd for darkly comic purposes is also acknowledged. Mary Maloney proves to be an interesting character in this story. Yet they just keep eating suspecting the leg of lamb could never be the weapon used to kill Patrick Maloney, while Mary Maloney was quietly giggling in the other room. He needs the stronger whiskey as a crutch. The quote means the slaughter of an innocent and here that innocent person is Patrick Maloney who says the harsh words to his wife Mrs.
The most clear of these occurs near the end of the story. Lamb To The Slaughter Summary: Question and Answers Q: How do you think Mrs. Mary, unable to handle the rejection, lashes out and kills her husband. She kills her husband and it shows her overcoming her divorce. When her mind goes into shock and her body into autopilot, Mary's only focus - subconscious as it may be - is to protect herself and her unborn child, which she would've had a hard time of doing as a pregnant divorcee in the 1950s. First, it reminds the reader that the slaughter is a real killing. The detectives' 'realization' that the murder weapon is 'probably right under their noses' as they stuff their faces with lamb is just too ironic for Mary not to giggle.
Patrick Maloney isn't alive for most of the story, so we don't learn too much about him personally. She spends each day anticipating the return of her husband, police officer Patrick Maloney. She fits well with the dramatic irony, tone, symbolism, and the overall theme of the story because of the brilliant characterization done on her character. Patrick is a policeman and one would expect him to be strong. Sergeant Noonan notices that the lamb is still in the oven and offers to turn it off for her. This understanding is important to the story on a number of levels.
Mary clubs Patrick on the back of the head, killing him instantly. She then made him a drink and asked him he was tired. More policemen, a doctor, a photographer, and a fingerprint expert arrive, asking Mary questions but also treating her kindly. Rising Action: Suspense is created by the nervous actions of both characters. Mary repeatedly asks her husband if he would like something to eat, offering suggestions and insisting that he eat. She again offers them the lamb as a favour to her and the policeman agrees to eat it. His glass had more whisky than soda and was visible floating on the top of his drink.
After chatting sometime with him and buying cheesecake as dessert, Mrs. The first of these is the murder victim who, while knowing he is going to do something uncomfortable, has no idea what is going to happen to him. The two enjoy a before dinner cocktail. Something that the reader suspects is based on her gender. The main characters in this story are the Maloney couple, known as Mary and Patrick Maloney.
Maloney goes ut of control and ends up killing him. After getting the blow, Patrick still remains standing for a few seconds and then falls down and dies. Continuously, he keeps building the pretense that she is a sweet, innocent lamb which is a major motif ; only capable of following the followers previously mentioned under symbols. She knows that she has successfully killed Patrick and will not be caught. In the end she has to create an alibi to cover up her devious crime in which she has to manipulate the police into eating the evidence. The story's title is actually a double entendre, a word or phrase used in a way that conveys two meanings - playing on the surprise of Patrick's murder, as well as on the weapon used to perpetrate it.
Maloney to which she naturally replies. She has fooled the police. This change in narration is disconcerting and in large part that is the point. She carries on a normal conversation with him and they decide that she will give Patrick cheesecake for afterwards. In a total state of shock, Mary continues to go about making dinner, heedless to Patrick saying that he's going out. In conclusion, people do not always get what they deserve.
Mary tries to sympathize with the difficulty of his job as a detective, but he ignores her. However, when her unwavering and devoted service is thrown away for no apparent reason, something breaks in her brain. Maloney figures out that there are more policemen surrounding her house finding the murder weapon. Mary Maloney- a dutiful housewife, six months pregnant. They met in high school and fell in love on a merry day in May.