Also important is the understanding that Mary is likely to have an escape of being arrested for the crime.As the wife of a police detective, she has almost certainly heard many stories about crimes that he has solved and how he has done it.
Finally, this creates many other suspects that could have committed the crime because as a police detective he has many enemies.
There are a couple of moments of dramatic irony in "Lamb to the Slaughter." These are cases in which the reader understands more than the characters.
This insistence is important beyond simply the idea that it is the murder weapon.
By having the detectives eat the lamb, they have destroyed the evidence which will make them look stupid even if they later understand.
As they are eating the leg of lamb, one of the officers says in relation to the murder weapon that it is “probably right under our very noses." This statement is literally true though the officer who says it has no idea what he is saying.
The original use of "Lamb to the Slaughter" is found in the Bible.The first of these is the murder victim who, while knowing he is going to do something uncomfortable, has no idea what is going to happen to him. It is the shock because she doesn’t know what is coming and that shock is what drives her over the edge.In the story, Mary asks the detectives to eat the leg of lamb she had made for her husband, and even when they turn it down, she insists that they eat this..pass_color_to_child_links a.u-inline.u-margin-left--xs.u-margin-right--sm.u-padding-left--xs.u-padding-right--xs.u-absolute.u-absolute--center.u-width--100.u-flex-align-self--center.u-flex-justify--between.u-serif-font-main--regular.js-wf-loaded .u-serif-font-main--regular.amp-page .u-serif-font-main--regular.u-border-radius--ellipse.u-hover-bg--black-transparent.web_page .u-hover-bg--black-transparent:hover. Content Header .feed_item_answer_user.js-wf-loaded . The most clear of these occurs near the end of the story.Mary has called the police and the detectives are in her house.It then says that he told her, though not exactly what, and ends with him saying that he will take care of her.This change in narration is disconcerting and in large part that is the point.By not knowing exactly what he said, it lets the reader decide if Mary’s actions in the rest of the story are justified or not. This bit of information is vital to the story in a number of ways.As a story in which the reader is supposed to empathize with the murderer, having the victim be a vital and trusted member of society creates even more conflict in the mind.