Compare And Contrast The Lottery And Young Goodman Brown

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Angela Creed
English 102- Fiction Essay Professor Mary Dixon

The Comparison of
“The Lottery” and “Young Goodman Brown”

Shirley Jackson and Nathaniel Hawthorne were two American authors who were born over a century apart and shared the same love of literary works but in a sick and twisted kind of way. They were authors who simply wrote with passion about beliefs, sin, and the natural temptations of evil in all humans. The story of “Young Goodman Brown”, takes places at the end of the 17th century, around the time of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692, in New England in colonial Massachusetts, Hawthorne’s keen interest which is sin-and-brimstone a Puritans past.
Similarities that Jackson and Hawthorne share is their style of writing is the use of irony, the expression of one's meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, and symbolism, a person, place or thing that suggests meaning beyond its literal sense, within their stories to enhance the theme.
In “The Lottery”, Jackson, the title itself is ironic, taking part in a drawing assuming to win a high-value prize. Jackson also used third person narration to convey the traditions of this lottery, and how no one once stopped to think about why they are doing this, and how unhuman this lottery really was. Hawthorne too uses third person narration in “Young Goodman Brown”, however, does so with a slightly different purpose. The protagonist, Goodman Brown would be in search of his own heart and even

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