The Lottery, By Shirley Jackson And The Yellow Wallpaper

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Reading "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson and "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte

Gilman make the reader so passionate to know what is going to happen next because they are two

of the most expressive and meaningful stories that have lots of great deep meanings. These stories

share so many similarities when it comes to symbols, themes, and conflicts. Although "The

Lottery" and "The Yellow Wallpaper" do not have the same plot, their themes have some

similarities like following unfair traditions and women’s subordination that make readers

interested in comparing and contrasting them.

Every author of fictional stories uses different methods to develop themes in their stories

uniquely. In these stories, both authors use symbolism to help them develop themes in a unique

way that have deep hidden meanings. Also, authors in both stories uses symbolism to identify

some of the events throughout the story. Symbolism in "The lottery" is mainly represented by the

black box and the lottery itself. The black box is more symbolic because of its color.Most of the

time, black color represents death or/and bad events. "The original paraphernalia for the Lottery

had been lost long ago, and the black box now resting on the stool have been put into use even

before old man Warner, the oldest man in the town, was born" (par. 5).

On the other hand, symbolism in "The Yellow Wallpaper" is mainly represented by the

wallpaper itself. In the story, the wallpaper is
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