Comparison of "The Rocking Horse Winner" and "The Lottery" Essay

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The Comparisons of “The Rocking-Horse Winner” and “The Lottery” “The Rocking-Horse Winner” by D.H. Lawrence is an unpredictable, fairytale-like short story about a mother of three who constantly worries about her financial problems. She has a son who is fervent about figuring out a solution to her predicament. This story also has an abrupt ending that gives off strong emotion. Another short story, called “The Lottery”, has the same spectacle of ending the story with suspense. Written by Shirley Jackson, this story begins with a sunny day in a village, but miserably ends with the stoning of one of the villagers. “The Rocking-Horse Winner” and “The Lottery” are two sensational stories that have tragic ironies; however, they differ in tone …show more content…
One of the characters, Mr. Summers, gives everyone the directions of how to play the lottery. The author does not disclose to us what the directions are, but the reader would probably assume that a lottery is a gambling game that is played in order to win a prize. In contrast, the irony of this story is that whoever receives a piece of paper with a black mark is stoned to death. This approach is what makes this short story disturbing. It brings a discomforting thought as to why the villagers would ever behave in such a despicable manner. This ending is a great example of tragic irony because most of the story has no deliberate conflict until right at the very end when there was the abrupt death of Tessa. In “The Rocking-Horse Winner” the mother is quite obsessed with the fact that she does not have enough money, even though she spends lavishly on materialistic things. She whispers to herself constantly about not having enough money, thus giving Paul the impression that he needs to do something in order to make her happy. The story mysteriously unfolds with Paul riding a magical horse that gives him prophetic visions of which horse would win the Epsom Derby. At first it seems like an interesting idea, but eventually Paul obsesses over money exactly like his mother. In the very end of this story, Paul dies from convulsions. Paul chooses the winning horse in the race, but he ends up losing his
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