“Lamb to the Slaughter” Podcast


In all honesty, I never thought I would create a podcast, so creating one was definitely new to me. I felt that it was important to make this because after reading the story, “Lamb to the Slaughter” by  Roald Dahl, over and over again in my head, I noticed that the voices of the characters and narration were slightly different each time. That is when I decided that I needed to create a podcast for this story.

I chose to read the part when Mary Maloney killed her husband because that part of the story was so interesting for me. She was so kind and loving in the beginning of the story. I would not have guessed that she would have killed him. It was a crucial part of the story because of the quick plot twist and character change. She was so calm and quick to grasp that huge incident.

After hours of recording, there was not one recording that sounded exactly the same as another. My narration was different each time. Through this podcast, I learned that each character in the story has their own personality, including the narrator. I found that the narrator was quite humourous, especially during the part when they said, “She might just as well have hit him with a steel club” (Dahl, “Lamb to the Slaughter”). As I read through Patrick Maloney’s line, “…And I know it’s kind of a bad time to be telling you, but there simply wasn’t any other way. Of course, I’ll give you money and see you’re looked after” (Dahl, “Lamb to the Slaughter”) the first time, he sounded very concerned. On my last recording, I realized that Patrick seemed distant and careless throughout the story. A caring voice would not have made sense after his cold actions toward his wife in the beginning of the story. Creating this podcast helped me study the characters in depth and make more sense of the story. Thinking, “why does this character react like this?” or”how does the character feel at this moment?” helped me create this podcast with more of an understanding in a fun, creative way!

Citation: Dahl, Roald. “LAMB TO THE SLAUGHTER-A Story.” Harper’s Magazine Sep 01 1953: 39. ProQuest. Web. 18 Feb. 2017 .

“Lamb to the Slaughter” by Roald Dahl