Analysis Of The Rocking Horse Winner And The Lottery

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An Analysis exploring the irony in “The “Rocking-Horse Winner” and “The “Lottery”
Often times an author will use irony as a literally technique to throw a twist in his story, whereby allowing the outcome of it to be completely different from what the reader expected. In D.H. Lawrence’s “The Rocking-Horse Winner” and Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery,” Mrs. Hutchinson and Paul, despite their motivation, are victims of misguided reasoning, resulting in the irony of each character’s demise. In fact, each author uses a special dialect and tone to create a false sense of normality that gives the reader a feeling of certainty. Nonetheless, after the incongruity of events, this certainty dissipates and leaves the reader stupefied, in a state of astonishment.
Both Lawrence and Jackson employ distinct literary elements that supply the reader with acumen into the motivations of their major characters, ergo explaining their misguided reasoning. In “The Lottery,” the countless images Jackson depicts, situated around the lottery itself, suggest a lifestyle marred by static tradition ensuing annual ritual. Moreover, for this reason, despite the irony of a peaceful and caring people indicated in the exposition, Jackson, later repudiates that representation of the villagers and reveals a strong animosity with lack of compassion, anticipating an immoral act among them.
Nonetheless, in “The Rocking-Horse Winner,” by telling the story in the third person omniscient point of view, Lawrence…
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