Is Mary Evil

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Lamb To the Slaughter: Is Mary Evil?
By Tony Cui
In the short story Lamb to the Slaughter written by Roald Dahl, who was a famous British author. One of the main characters Mary Maloney killed her husband, who was a police officer during a conflict due to a conversation. Afraid of getting caught, she plans a perfect alibi and made the police destroy the evidence for her by invite them to ate the lamb leg she used as a weapon to kill her husband. Although some suggest that Mary is evil and both her murder and covering it up is due to her evilness; I think the truth is just the opposite, Mary isn’t evil and both her murder and cover up are due to accident and necessity. There are three reasons that support my viewpoint: “Firstly, before the accident has occurred her husband was the person who acted cold and refused everything Mary said to try to make him happy, so it suggest that Mary is not a wicked person; secondly, her husband betrayed her first and she was mad due to this; lastly, the reason for Mary to cover up the murder is because that she is pregnant with a child, and she wasn’t sure that if the court would let her born the child before her death penalty.
In the story, Mary’s husband acted cold after he went back to home, he rejected all suggestion Mary made to try to make him happy. He refused to have some cheese, going out to eat, and to have some cheese and crackers. When Mary wants to refill his drink, he ordered Mary to “sit down” and he went to do it himself. The entire act suggests that Mary is a kind lady and deep inside she wasn’t an evil person.
In the story, although we don’t know that if Mary’s husband was going to divorce with her or not, it was probably the case since Mary’s husband have mentioned that he would “take care of her”; or we can surely assume that it was something really bad and Mary refused to believe in it at first, the point is…...

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