People can act violently when things don’t go their way. Mary Maloney and the character of Betty Broderick, played in the movie, A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story, are both played as women torn by the anguish caused by their significant other. In the story and the film both wives avenge their husband's indiscretions, but all in the motive of things not going their way. The turning point for Mary in Lamb to the Slaughter is the conversation that she has with her husband when he comes home from work, “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. But there needn't really be any fuss. I hope not anyway. it would be very good for my job” (Dahl). People find satisfaction when life plays in their favor, so denying their happiness can result in violent actions.
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