The Lottery By Shirley Jackson And The Rocking-Horse Winner

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The short stories, “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson and “The Rocking-Horse Winner” by D.H. Lawrence, both share the theme that those who often try to do well are not guaranteed rewards in return. The tone in “The Rocking-Horse” was desperate as Paul tried to please his mother while the tone of “The Lottery” was anxious as people nervously waited to see who would be the next verdict to be stoned. Nevertheless, the two stories are drastically different in conflict and plot however, they both conclude with someone doing an action that is good but dying in the act.
In “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, the town comes together once a year to find out who will be announced the next winner of the annual lottery. This lottery happens every year and no one is ever excited to attend the gathering. Throughout the entire short story the tone was very suspicious and suspenseful. Everyone is on edge hoping that either their family is not the one to get picked, or if their family is, they hope that they will not be selected out of their family. There is a slight feel of discomfort in the town square as the long process of the drawings are taking place. In the end, after all the drawings have been reviled, Tessie Hutchinson is selected to be stoned to death. Although in her heart she knows that the lottery is unfair, she is too late and Tessie dies as a sacrifice for the crops to grow. Although she is being sacrificed for her town, this is not necessarily a reward for her nor for her family.
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