Fiction Essay

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Stewart 1 Christy Stewart English 102 B18 Fiction Essay The short story has been an intricate part of literature going back as far as it’s actual “writing down” was invented. Perhaps two of the most intriguing and somewhat tragic short stories is that of D.H. Lawrence’s, “The Rocking-Horse Winner” and Shirley Jackson’s, “The Lottery”. With the classic theme of “luck” and what that means in each story, we see two very different meanings as these two stories unfold. In “The Rocking-Horse Winner”, we see the protagonist, Paul, who endlessly searches and somewhat attains luck in his search for his mother’s monetary desire. Within the lines of “The Lottery”, however, we see a quaint satirical setting of towns’ folk who gather…show more content…
Both “The Lottery” and “The Rocking-Horse Winner” teach valuable lessons of luck. Sometimes the luck of the draw does not end with true luck as in “The Lottery” and as seen in “The Rocking-Horse Winner”, one can truly have luck with the blessing of family and beauty but be blinded by the meaningless and life altering desire for monetary value. In conclusion, the quest for luck is presented in both “The Lottery” and “The Rocking-Horse Winner”. Luck is defined in many different ways and can be described as having more and more money as in “The Rocking-Horse Winner” or simply not choosing the one paper with the black dot on it as in “The Lottery”. Within the pages of these two stories, the Christian can see what true values of life are not held in luck. With every endeavor one must be willing to sacrifice something of value. The Christian can of himself after reading each of the two stories above, what is worth losing to gain what is desired. Money doesn’t always yield us true luck as true peace and blessing can’t be promised without the possibility of losing close relationships or even family. Sacrifice is always a necessity, however, some desires in life cost us more than we could ever have imagined. Stewart 4 Works Cited Kennedy, X.J, and Dana Gioia. Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing. New Jersey: Pearson. 2013.

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