Fiction Skills Post - Lamb to the Slaughter

Lamb to the Slaughter is a terrific story written by Roald Dahl. In the story a woman kills her husband by smashing a frozen leg of lamb into him after hearing some horrifying news. As the story continues, investigators arrive at the house and begin searching the crime scene, as they search, the wife offers to give them dinner, and they eat the leg of lamb together.

Roald Dahl is an absolute genius. His use of dramatic irony in the story is so marvelous and delightful to the audience. The audience is aware of the fact that the leg of lamb was the object used to kill the man. This fact is present in our heads as the detectives search through the entire house, not finding any large objects capable of smashing his skull.

Roald Dahl's amazing mind ends the story with;

"Personally, I think it's right here on the premises."

"Probably right under our very noses."

The irony of this quote is extreme, it's so cringe-worthy. As the investigators are eating the food, and contemplating on the location of the weapon, they are eating it and saying that's it's probably under our very noses, when in fact, they are eating it.