Compare And Contrast The Lottery And The Rocking Horse Winner

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These two short stories, “The Rocking Horse Winner” by D.H. Lawerence and “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson both use patterns to help the readers understand the theme of the story; however the themes of both stories were altogether particular, one about love and the other about the lack of love. In “The Rocking Horse Winner: and “The Lottery: both of the authors use patterns to help convey the central message of the story to their readers. In “The Lottery, Jackson uses the black box to significant the villager’s connection to the tradition of the lottery. “The original paraphernalia for the lottery had been lost long ago” The villagers were willing to let some parts of the lottery change them but they never questioned why or even think about changing the lottery itself. “The Black box grew shabbier each year”. Showing how it was all falling apart and the villagers showed no interest in replacing it. The black box has no significance the rest of the year and it could be found in different locations throughout the town. In “The Rocking Horse Winner”, Lawerence uses the whispering house and the rocking horse to show how greed gets you nowhere. “There must be more money” The house often spoke of this, usually when the children received things that they knew the family could not afford.

They had servants but no car of their own because they were poor. Paul thought he could stop the house from whispering if he could just win enough money. After giving his mom all of his winnings the house only got louder. “The voices in the house went mad.” This scared Paul and made him only want to get more money. He could no longer hear from the rocking horse. This made Paul want to ride him faster and longer. In the end, Paul died trying to quit the whispers in the house. While both authors used symbolism to conduct the message of their stories the themes of the stories could not have been more different. In “The Lottery” the theme of the story is the lack of love shown by the villagers. The villagers follow custom without any questions asked. The villagers were not willing to give up any of the customs. They are teaching the next generation a lack of compassion. The theme in “The Rocking Horse Winner” is love. Paul loves

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