Play Essay

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Reed Pacheco
Professor Zuidema
ENGL 102-B16 LUO
3 June 2016
Fiction Essay Comparing the two short stories “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, and “The Rocking-Horse Winner,” By D.H. Lawrence, the two authors utilize symbols and themes to illustrate their stories with the main idea behind them both is that winning will not always result in a positive light. In the story “The Lottery,” by Shirley Jackson, the fictional story is written about a town tradition in which annually they draw one person’s name to be the winner of the lottery. This person is stoned to death by the entire community. There is not a prize of money or anything special except the fact that you are put to death. It gives a different meaning to the term lottery than
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In “The Lottery” there is the same pressures to conform. The people of the towns pressure each other into participating in the lottery in order to keep the rain from stopping. The authors are telling fictional stories that could show how attitudes can affect society. In “Rocking-Horse Winner”, there is an attitude of not being satisfied. There is never enough money. Throughout the beginning of the story, the author writes about, having nice things, but there was always a desire for more money. This can be easily be interpreted into our modern life, where there is always the newest and greatest things coming out. “The Rocking-Horse Winner” shows the reader that Paul was so desperate to meet the needs of his mother that he would sacrifice himself. With the story the “The Lottery” it is visible the evils of following traditions blindly where townspeople are pressured into participating in the lottery, even calling out other towns that had ceased the lottery claiming that their lack of participation would cause the rain to stop. At first glance of both of these stories the readers would believe that that there is nothing in common between these two short stories. By taking a deeper look at both of these stories we find many similarities, love, status, fear to name just a few. These are really stories about human nature

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