The Theme Of Luck In 'The Lottery' And 'The Rocking Horse Winner'

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Thesis Statement
This paper will examine the theme of luck in both "The Lottery" and "The Rocking Horse Winner" and show how in both narratives good luck and bad luck are excuses for good and bad decisions.



The Theme of Luck
How Both Stories Use the Theme of Luck to Unearth the Real Causes of Tragedy in People's Lives

The Lottery and Institutionalized Stoning

The Sinful Nature of Men
The Inversion of the Golden Rule
Mrs. Hutchinson's Death Whose Fault?

The Rocking Horse Winner and Bad Luck

A Mother's Materialism
A Boy's Loving Nature
The Boy's Luck Cannot Defeat His Mother's Curse


The Lottery and The Rocking Horse Winner
Choices Make the Difference Not Luck

The Theme of Luck in "The Lottery" and "The Rocking Horse Winner"

Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" and D. H. Lawrence's "The Rocking Horse Winner" are stories that are, on a superficial level, about luck and how that "luck" turns out to be rather unfortunate and unlucky. On deeper levels, both stories illustrate problems at the heart of the human condition: Jackson displays man's ignorance and psychopathy through adherence to a senseless and violent tradition; Lawrence displays man's inability to be satisfied with material possessions and shows how love is ultimately self-sacrificing. Yet what links the two stories is the way they approach man's darker side and that approach is through the theme of "luck." This paper will examine the theme of luck
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