The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson and Eudora Welty’s A Worn Path

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In literature there are many different critical views, in which all of them have very distinctive ideas and beliefs. The value of these critical views is decided by the reader and may be different to each one. When a reader approaches a work of literature they bring their own views and experiences with them, so each reader will read each story differently. And even the same reader will never read the same story the same way twice due to things that may have changed in his or her life. In Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” (509-15) and Eudora Welty’s “A Worn Path” (568-74) one reader my feel sympathy while another does not fill anything. So what is the “correct” response to these stories? In “The Lottery” the author uses many…show more content…
The next character would be Mr. Graves which one can blatantly see the ominous mean of death and the dead being bared in a grave. Then Old Man Warner which on a first reading one may not see because it’s not so much a double meaning as it is a play on words, warn-er. In which one could gather that since he is the oldest man in the town he has been there for a long time and could warn the other of “The Lottery”. After that is Mrs. Delacroix which could also be a hard one to catch but the literal translation in French to de-la-Croix is of the cross. So when a reader sees all of this on their subsequent readings one would see from the introduction of all of the characters that there is a somber warning (lively men die without warning by crucifixion) for Tessie Hutchinson; who shows up late and says that she “Clean forgot what day it was,” (Jackson 511) showing that she is a free spirit. This makes her stand out in the story letting the reader know the warning is for her. Then last but not least there is Mrs. Dunbar who had to draw for her husband because he had a broken leg and ever since the early days of sacrificial killings they have never offered someone or something with broken bones because it would not please the gods and after all that was the whole point of the killing. Eudora Welty also uses a lot of themes and symbols to help readers connect to her stories. In her story titled “A Worn Path” she uses a number of situations where

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