“Lamb to the Slaughter” Podcast

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

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“Your [Playlist] and Mine”

This is a playlist full of songs inspired by the short story, “Your Place and Mine” written by Nicci French.

Playlist for “Your Place and Mine”

These songs are placed in an order based on Terry’s feelings throughout the story.

The song “Realize” by Colbie Caillat is about a girl wanting the boy she likes, to realize how perfect they would be together. The lyrics of the chorus, and the slow, soothing tempo shows the calm side of Terry at beginning of the story.  On the first day of the blog, Terry  was explaining how she excited she was whenever she saw him. The joy inside of her whenever she saw him glancing at her. She has waited weeks for the moment that he would ask her out (French.”Nicci French: Your Place and Mine”). The story of the song and Terry’s love life at this time were alike.

The second song, “Bubbly” by Colbie Caillat, portrays the relaxed, giddy feeling that Terry felt after she and Laurence spent the night together. The lyrics and the melody is so calm, and it just fit well with the setting; the morning after an amazing night. Terry felt that everything was so perfect. It seemed that she found her place of peace with Laurence, which matched the vibe of the song.

The third song, “I Can Hear the Bells”, symbolizes Terry’s quick realization that she was in love with Laurence. This relationship between Laurence and Terry began to appear as an obsession. Terry could relate to this song because after a few dates, she has already bought Laurence a gift; not just any gift; his and hers mugs (French.”Nicci French: Your Place and Mine”). It was too soon and she was already thinking way ahead into the future. It is really similar to the song about how this crush quickly became an obsession and the thoughts of getting married.

The fourth song, “Just Give Me a Reason” by Pink, symbolizes how Terry believed that she could save her relationship with Laurence. Her efforts and desperation to make it work, matches the meaning of the song. The song resembles the story because in the chorus, the lyrics say, “we’re not broken, just bent, and we can learn to love again.” It was just a powerful line of the song. With that one line, it summarized the thoughts of Terry during that time.

Finally, The last song, “Blank Space” by Taylor Swift, summarizes Terry throughout the story exceptionally well. The lyrics matched perfectly. The song portrays a crazy, obsessive girlfriend, which I strongly truly believe suits Terry’s character. In the beginning of the story, Terry seemed like the sweet type of girlfriend. The chorus starts with, “So it’s gonna be forever, or it’s gonna go down in flames”, and it seems very accurate in relation to Terry’s relationships. Both her relationships with Rob and Laurence ended up in flames. It seemed that they broke up with her for similar reasons; she was moving too fast in the relationship (French.”Nicci French: Your Place and Mine”). The result of her break ups showed that she is indeed the crazy, obsessive girlfriend.

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A psycho song for a psycho story!
Citation: Taylor Swift – Blank Space. 10 Nov. 2014. YouTube. Web. 18 Feb. 2017.

Out of all these songs, I personally think that “Blank Space” best represents the story because the song gives a psychological thriller vibe. The melody sounds a bit mysterious and kind of scary, which is absolutely perfect for the story. In the story, Terry seemed very obsessed with all her lovers, like Taylor Swift was in the music video. The plot is really intriguing, especially the few parts when flashbacks of Rob occurred. The song was a perfect reflection of the story overall!

Citation: French, Nicci. “Nicci French – Your Place and Mine.” We Tell Stories, 2008. Web. 18 Feb. 2017.

“Your Place and Mine”

My Interpretation of “The Black Box”

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SOURCES OF THE IMAGES: Images found on Google images

I was ecstatic to create a mood board for the Twitter fiction story, “The Black Box” by Jennifer Egan because there were so many different elements of the story that stood out to me, that may not be significant to anybody else.

At the beginning of the story, I first thought “is this woman a prostitute?!” as she was explaining her intimacy with her new designated mate while thinking of her husband, a Kenyan man. However, I was confused about why she constantly reminded herself that she is not get getting paid, that volunteering was a form of patriotism. The text “patriotism” overlapping a picture of a woman in bed with another man and a picture of American flags symbolized that constant reminder to herself. It did not occur to me until the end that the narrator was a spy, so it was also a reminder to myself while I was reading the story. Therefore, the text “patriotism” was a key word that lead me to connect the two pictures together. The narrator was using her seductive advantage as a woman, to serve her country.

Moving on to the text, “beauties”. Becoming an alpha beauty is crucial because in order to complete the mission, the narrator had to gain her designated mate’s trust. I have used several pictures to portray the seductive side of women, which was often the weakness of men in the story. According to the narrator, there are crucial ingredients to a “successful projection” (Egan. “Black Box”). A shy girl with her head down and her hair partially covering her face and her wide smile, indicated innocence. Additionally, another picture with a woman showing her bare legs, was also mentioned as a necessary ingredient.  A girl in a nice white summer dress is “widely viewed as attractive” (Egan. “Black Box”).  These are necessary to become a designated mate’s beauty.

The word “imagine” on top of two pictures of a couple embracing each other and a tomato harvest referred to two of a few things that the narrator said to imagine, while she was wounded. It was interesting that she said to not reflect earlier in the story because “too much reflection is pointless”(Egan. “Black Box”) because after each mission, one cannot be the same. I have used a small picture of a woman looking at her reflection to demonstrate that thought. Although these were small parts of the story, I found that it had more of a deeper meaning to me; to sometimes imagine about what could happen, rather than reflecting, or over thinking on things that cannot change or things that constantly and uncontrollably change.

I personally loved the story and the way that it was originally formatted because I loved how most of the tweets were so broad and it can be related to anything, like quotes. Although reading it as a story was sort of frustrating, each tweet had its own personal meaning to me and I enjoyed that!

Citation: Egan, Jennifer. “Black Box.” The New Yorker. The New Yorker, 26 May 2016. Web. 29 Jan. 2017.

Reconstructed version of “The Black Box”

Twitter version of “The Black Box”