Lamb to the Slaughter by Roald DahlFrom the author of books such as James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Georges Marvellous Medicine, Fantastic Mr Fox, Matilda, The Witches and The BFG.
Lamb to the Slaughter (1953) is a short story by Roald Dahl. It was initially rejected, along with four other stories, by The New Yorker, but was ultimately published in Harpers Magazine in September 1953. It was adapted for an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents and starred Barbara Bel Geddes. Originally broadcast on April 13, 1958, it was one of only 17 AHP episodes directed by Hitchcock himself. The story was subsequently adapted for Dahls British TV series Tales of the Unexpected. Dahl included it in his short story compilation Someone Like You.
Lamb to the Slaughter demonstrates Dahls fascination with horror (with elements of black comedy), a theme that would influence both his in adult fiction as well as his children stories.
Lamb to the Slaughter
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Lamb to the Slaughter
It was initially rejected, along with four other stories, by The New Yorker , but was ultimately published in Harper's Magazine in September Originally broadcast on April 13, , this was one of only 17 AHP episodes directed by Hitchcock himself. Dahl included it in his short story compilation Someone Like You. Mary Maloney, a housewife devoted to making a sweet home for her husband, and heavily pregnant with their first child, awaits her husband Patrick's return home from his job as local police detective. Mary is very much content in her marriage and believes her husband to be as well. When he returns Mary notices that he is uncharacteristically aloof, and assumes that he is tired from work. After having more to drink than usual, Patrick reveals to Mary what is making him act strangely.
The origin of this phrase occurs in the Bible, both in the book of Isaiah , and the book of Jeremiah. Generally, the phrase refers to a person who goes unconcernedly and innocently into a life-threatening or dangerous situation. However, in the story Lamb to the Slaughter , it has several meanings. Its literal meaning refers to the time when humans used to slaughter animals for meat. It conveys the idea that a lamb is innocent and does not ask questions. You can easily lead it anywhere and it follows, not knowing that it could be walking into a trap.