The following paragraph is a basic analysis of “Lamb to the Slaughter,” which will be read this week in class. Unfortunately, this paragraph contains only the basic elements. Based on what you have learned about effective sentences and paragraphs, make revisions so that this simple, unelaborated paragraph becomes an effective analytical paragraph. (Your revised version will likely include significant elements from the original, but should have considerable changes.)
In “Lamb to the Slaughter,” Dahl conveys dramatic irony through Mary’s dialogue with the detectives. Dramatic irony is when the reader knows something that at least one of the characters does not. Mary offers the detectives dinner. “It’d be a favour to me if you’d eat it up.” Mary knows the lamb is the murder weapon. Dahl’s readers know the lamb is the murder weapon. Detective Noonan doesn’t know the lamb is the murder weapon. The detectives eat the lamb. “Personally, I think it is right here under our noses.”
Goals are to demonstrate the properties of effective sentences, paragraphs, and revision to create a compelling, well-composed analytical paragraph.
Exemplary Work will be grammatically accurate and syntactically varied to create an engaging read.