The Lottery by Shirley Jackson Essay

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“The lottery”

ENGL 202: Literature and Composition

Spring 2013
Turbian Style

Thesis: Death is the main theme of both short stories and both authors portrayed this dark and dreary idea as a game the characters are playing.

Outline: “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson vs. “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell I. Introduction: a. Traditional acts and survival instincts is the key to win or lose the game of death b. Will one allow society or your own reasoning decided if one survives the game of death c. The battle of death is the game that no one knows the result of until the end II. “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson a. Jackson portrayed death as a fun family oriented game b. All people of the village,
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In both stories, the innocent characters were fighting death at the hands of someone who found the idea of killing another human being to be a game. In “The Lottery” the game of death consumed an innocent life solely because a few individuals founded a tradition; and in “The Most Dangerous Game” the game of death consumed an innocent life solely because one person thought it was merely entertaining. Both authors portrayed the antagonist as friendly, warm and welcoming. In the Lottery, the antagonists were the families whom participated in the drawing of a name that lead to the stoning of another family member (which may or may not be their own family member). In “The Most Dangerous Game” the antagonist was a well-off general who opened his luxurious home to guests who have gone astray from their original destination. Death is the main theme of both short stories and both authors portrayed this dark and dreary idea as a game the characters are playing. In “The Lottery”, Jackson portrayed death as a fun family oriented game. Jackson included children, family, friends and most importantly the tradition of playing “the lottery” to portray to the audience the commonality of the “game”. This game, known as “The Lottery” was an event that each family member of a small village participated in every year during the summer time. The families gathered together in the square around mid-morning getting prepared for the game by the gathering of stones,