What’s This Got to Do With Me?

I have to admit that I read “Lamb to the Slaughter” for the first time this year. One of the big ideas that stood out to me was trust and betrayal. Mary Maloney obviously loves her husband. She calls him darling over and over, she tries to anticipate everything he could possibly need or want, and he ends up betraying her. The story doesn’t tell us what he did, but it’s serious enough for them to split up, and Mr. Maloney plays it off like it’s no big deal. My question is if Mr. Maloney has any idea how hard his wife is trying to please him and if that even matters to him. I also wonder if maybe Mary isn’t as happy with him as she seems, since she goes from happiness to murder so quickly. I wonder if maybe she’s just been putting a brave face on things and now it’s finally boiled over. So what I really wonder is, “How long will it be before Mrs. Green finally snaps and murders me with a hunk of frozen meat?” Maybe I should try a little harder to appreciate everything she does for me.

One comment

  1. Christian

    I really like the idea of trust and betrayal. Is it possible that Mary over reacted and that nothing was going on, or that there was a bigger picture that she could not see that was upsetting her husband?

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