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Teaching Lamb to the Slaughter

Lamb to the Slaughter

"Lamb to the Slaughter" demonstrates Dahl's fascination with horror (with elements of black comedy), which is seen in both his adult fiction and his stories for children.The story was supposedly suggested to Dahl by his friend Ian Fleming: "Why don't you have someone murder their husband with a frozen leg of mutton which she then serves to the detectives who come to investigate the murder?"

Roald Dahl
© THE ROALD DAHL STORY COMPANY LIMITED

ESSENTIAL QUESTION:

Is the story horrific or humorous?
STANDARDS:
RL.3 - Characters & Plot, RL.4 - Key Terms & Tone

DEPTH OF KNOWLEDGE (DOK) LEVELS:

2,3,4
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