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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