The Lottery And The Rocking Horse Winner

852 WordsApr 5, 20154 Pages
What benefit could one gain if one did not critically look at the minor and major details in life, a picture, or a tale? The key to unlocking the hidden meaning is figuring out what is part of the missing puzzle. In "The Lottery" and "The Rocking-Horse Winner," authors Shirley Jackson and D.H. Lawrence employ symbolism and allegory to demonstrate the underlining deeds of secrecy as well as allude to the fateful unknown in the characters’ lives. Authors Jackson and Lawrence use symbolism as a device to bring to light the cherished items that have a symbolic message for each individual. In "The Lottery," the black box represented tradition for the townspeople. The black box was a keepsake for the town; "The original paraphernalia for the lottery had been lost long ago, and the black box now resting on the stool had been put into use even before Old Man Warner, the oldest man in town, was born" (Kennedy & Gioia, 2013, p. 251). Ironically, from a historical perspective, the black box is equivalent towards the lottery as a whole; without the box, tradition can become easily upsetting. According to Jackson, "no one liked to upset even as much tradition as was represented by the black box" (as cited in Kennedy & Gioia, 2013, p. 251). One can also infer that perhaps the black box symbolizes a multitude of purposes, such as a possession of secrets, a casket in reference to death, or part of the old-town charm. Nevertheless, the lottery was a disguised attempt for the townspeople to
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