Irony In The Rocking-Horse Winner

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Titles should give insight into the stories they introduce; however, the use of irony disrupts this connection. This disruption through use of irony occurs in both “The Rocking-Horse Winner” and “The Lottery”. “The Rocking-Horse Winner” by D. H. Lawrence depicts a story about love, luck, lucre, where a young boy tries to win the affection of his mother but ends up dying as a result. “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson portrays a story about a small-town American community who takes part in an annual lottery in which the “winner” gets stoned to death by her family and friends. In both stories the authors use irony as a main literary device. Even though D. H. Lawrence and Shirley Jackson use different methods of displaying irony in “The Rocking-Horse Winner” and “The Lottery”, irony, itself, permeates both stories from beginning …show more content…

They use irony in both similar and dissimilar ways. In a similar way, both authors introduce irony from the very beginning in their titles. The titles “The Rocking-Horse Winner” and “The Lottery” both imply that someone in the story wins something desirable. However, after reading the stories, one can clearly see the irony; in both stories winning resulted in death. While both stories contain irony, each story discloses the element of irony through different aspects of the story. In “The Rocking-Horse Winner” Lawrence reveals several examples of irony through his characters. Paul claims he has luck, but his “luck” kills him. Hester considers herself unlucky when actually she has many blessings in life. Whereas in “The Lottery”, Jackson weaves in most of her irony in her setting. She sets the story in pleasant summer scene and in a small, American town, both of which contrast the horrific stoning at the end. While dissimilar in their means of displaying irony, both “The Rocking-Horse Winner” and “The Lottery” clearly compare in their strong use of

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