Fiction Essay

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Engl 102 Fiction Essay Thesis and Outline Thesis: In both “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson and “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell, the authors write to emphasize the sanctity of life through the conflicts endured by their main characters both implicitly and explicitly. I. Introduction A. Thesis Statement B. “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson brief description C. “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell brief description II. Characterization A. “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson 1. Mr. Summers – Presider of Lottery 2. Mrs. Hutchinson – Winner of Lottery B. “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell 1. General Zaroff – Presider of the Game 2. Rainsford – Quarry in the Game III. Theme/Author’s…show more content…
What first struck me as I read both stories was the similarity in the development of the characters. Both stories had an executioner and a victim that were seemingly interchangeable. In “The Lottery,” Mr. Summers was the presider of the ceremony and he fulfilled his duties with an aloofness that gave the reader a false sense of security throughout the story. The crowd encircled him. He knew one would die; in fact he himself was not exempt. Yet, he wistfully remembered a time when the Lottery had more pomp and pageantry. General Zaroff in, “The Most Dangerous Game” also felt a longing for a time when the Game was more exciting. He had a crowd of contestants in his training area that he scorned for lack of skill and wisdom. Mr. Summers and the crowd felt the same way about Mrs. Hutchinson, who was so lackadaisical about the Lottery that she was late. In a matter of life and death for her family her excuse for being tardy was a sink full of dirty dishes. In “The Most Dangerous Game” Rainsford is also quite flippant about his situation and about taking lives as he brags to his associate about his hunting exploits. Rainsford dismisses the fear he is surrounded with upon the mention of dangerous waters. In this way, both authors exhibit their theme of the importance of the sanctity of life in the reactions of both victims, Mrs. Hutchinson and Rainsford when they realize that their lives are the ones in peril unexpectedly.

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