How Did Shirley Jackson Build Suspense In The Lamb To The Slaughter

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The truth is not always obvious to people, but sometimes all you need to do is look at what is in front of you to find it.“Lamb to the Slaughter” by Roald Dahl is about a woman who kills her husband. The police try to solve the crime and think it is way more complex than it actually is. They didn’t now that the case could be solved right at the crime scene. “Charles” by Shirley Jackson is about a boy named Laurie, and every day he tells his mother about what Charles - a child in his class- does to disrupt the class. The mother wants to meet Charles, but it turns out that Charles, might actually be her son Laurie. Both stories show that the truth can be right under your nose through the plot. “Lamb to the Slaughter” by Roald Dahl demonstrates …show more content…
Unlike “Lamb to the Slaughter,” you have to do more inferencing in this story to find the theme. Throughout the story, Laurie tells the mother about a juvenile delinquent that is is his class. Every day the mother wonders what Charles did, and at the end, she is remarkably desperate to meet him. When she went to the student-parent conference, she was looking for a face she had not seen before. But, she could not find him (Pg. 1). She was overly excited to meet Charles almost too excited to realize that there was no Charles and her son was making it all up. If she had questioned her son about his day, she would have heard that he was doing all these actions, not Charles. When the mother was confused why she didn’t see Charles or his parents, she interrogated the teacher about where they were. The teacher responded “Charles, we don’t have a Charles.” That was the point where she realized that her son had been lying to her. One could infer that rather than tell a story about how he misbehaved, he told his mother what he had done through a made up character. Like in “Lamb to the Slaughter” If the mother had really paid attention to small details she would have picked up the whole lie altogether, without help from the teacher. This story displays how the truth can be right under your