Shirley Jackson And Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown And The Lottery

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Fiction Essay Julia Williams ENG102-FA2017 Young Goodman Brown & The Lottery Julia Williams There is a lot that goes into a fictional story, especially for the writer of the story. Most readers don’t look closely enough at a story to realize how much truly goes into it. Two major aspects that go into writing a fictional story include characterization and setting, both of which play a major role in the stories “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne and “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson. Without the settings and characters in these stories, they wouldn’t be the same. The stories rely heavily on both. Jackson and Hawthorne use setting and characterization to convey and reinforce the idea that things are not always the way they seem…show more content…
Some of the characters also say, "Some towns have already quit lotteries," and that "there is nothing but trouble in that. " This demonstrates that in this society, the lottery is the way of life and it is just how things are. The setting also plays a big role in 'Young Goodman Brown' by Nathaniel Hawthorne. This short story takes place in the town of Salem, Massachusetts, and the forest outside of it. Ironically, this is also where Hawthorne grew up himself and his hate for the community shows through in this story. In Puritan communities, like Salem, the forest was known as a place that people should be kept away from at all costs. As such, in this story, the setting of the forest was portrayed as an 'evil' place. To put emphasis on the setting, he used specific diction or colloquial expressions. The language of the period is used to enhance the setting. Even considering the names of the characters adds distinction to the setting, for example "Faith" and "Young Goodman Brown", which give off vibes of 'good ol' Christian characters.' Characterization also plays a big role, in both 'The Lottery' and 'Young Goodman Brown.’ They wouldn’t really be the same story without them as they are tied so deeply into the respective plots of each tale. At the beginning of 'The Lottery', there is no specific main character. The main characters at this point would be the entire town as we are given a glimpse into their lives. As mentioned earlier, the
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