In “The Lottery”, Jackson, the title itself is ironic, taking part in a drawing assuming to win a high-value prize. Jackson also used third person narration to convey the traditions of this lottery, and how no one once stopped to think about why they are doing this, and how unhuman this lottery really was. Hawthorne too uses third person narration in “Young Goodman Brown”, however, does so with a slightly different purpose. The protagonist, Goodman Brown would be in search of his own heart and even
Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown” and Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” both tell stories using literary techniques of tone, symbolism, and irony that help to convey stories that leave the reader baffled by their ending. Although Hawthorne and Jackson utilize these literary techniques in a different way, both of the stories end with a sense of darkness.
Symbols can be spotted all around the world, and one symbol can provide many interpretations. Because of this, symbolism also has the ability to enhance a person’s understanding of certain subjects. In fact, in the short story The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe, the author uses symbolism in unique ways, compared to the common uses, to enhance the reader’s experience. First of all, Edgar Allen Poe uses an eye as a symbol in his story.
The hazards of following tradition or living according to society norms; doing things just because society accepts and follows.
The stories we read in class had a lot of distinct similarities in each story. One similarity I saw was; all the stories introduced their settings in the beginning. Also, all the stories explain some truths about the world we live in. For example, in The Lottery, this story shows the danger of blindly following traditions of the community was so used to playing the lottery, that it has become a normal habit for them not realizing the damage this “lottery” is causing them and the people who has to lose their life for it. Another example, in The Lottery, is when Mrs. Delacroix turned against her good friend Tessie by picking up the largest stone to kill her which shows that there are certain friends you may have and when certain situations happens, their true colors will show and they may not have been a true friend to begin with. Also, in Young Goodman Brown, along his spiritual journey he encountered people he knew already, but then those people started to act the total opposite of what Goodman thought of his friends. This shows that in life, not everything is what it seems, no matter how you see it. Another example is
In Chapter 12 from HTRLLP, the author describes in detail the usage of symbolism in different types of literature. Developing the information happens
In contrast to Jackson’s “The Lottery,” the tone and feeling of darkness is set almost immediately. Hawthorne’s style makes it easy for his readers to join the world of this story. The reader may actually begin to care about Goodman and then accompanies him even as he is joined on his journey by the strange and unsettling “grave” man.
Award-winning and movie-prone novels incorporate many literary devices, and these methods empower the story to a new level. In this case, one of these devices is symbolism, and The Book Thief is an extraordinary example that contains symbolism. There are three overlapping symbols in The Book Thief, and these symbols are bread, an accordion, and books. As well as the differences, the list of similarities between these symbols continues on forever.
In the short stories The Cask of Amontillado and The Lottery, both the authors have skillfully used symbolism to create intriguing stories that capture the reader’s attention. The use of symbolism makes a reader see objects as more than what they actually are. Edgar Alan Poe and Shirley Jackson have both used symbolism to create suspense in their stories and leave the readers shocked with an unexpected ending. These symbols are portrayed within the attire of the characters, the names of the characters, and the time and setting of the story. The symbols also provide a foreshadowing to the events that are to unfold in each of the stories.
Have you ever wondered what something meant, like the symbols of a story? Do you ever pay attention to it? You probably haven’t, but symbols are a good thing to look for in a book. The symbol helps you grasp the story more, helps make an understanding, and it can also help you predict the next action and more. Like in the stories: “Once Upon a Time” by Nacline Gordimer, “Night Calls” by Lisa Fugard, and “Quilt of a Country” by Anna Quindlen.
Memory, symbol, and pattern shape how readers interpret literature by allowing them to place the events, characters, and themes of the story into a familiar context and revealing deeper meaning within the author’s words. For instance, a reader who has read or watched Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet will begin to identify the same pattern in many stories and movies, the familiar tale of star crossed lovers, which will often add to their enjoyment of the work and their understanding of the characters. Symbolism also plays heavily into a reader’s experience with a particular work of literature. If they are able to identify the important symbols it can give them a better sense of the important themes of the work. If one were to read F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby with no understanding of symbolism, it would be a relatively boring story about a sad man who dedicated his life to the frivolous pursuit of
Uncle bob, I have read “ the lottery” and Hawthorne's story “Young Goodman Brown. There is symbolism in these two stories. According to the book literature, symbolism refers to the use of symbols in works of art and in other words of expression.”
For example, in “The Gift of the Magi” the symbolism effects the theme because it tells us to always appreciate what we have and to always be generous, grateful, and thoughtful no matter what situation one is in. Once, both of the characters found out they sold their prize possessions they were not mad at eachother which shows that their love for each other and money will never get in their way of their relationship. In The Scarlet Ibis the symbolism effects the theme because the brother did not appreciate Doodle while he was alive, but now since he is dead the narrator realized all the great traits about him. Next, both of the authors used very intense words that allow readers to paraphrase them. In the short story “The Gift of the Magi," the author wrote, “When Della reached home, her intoxication gave way a little to prudence and reason. She got out her curling irons and lighted the gas and went to work repairing the ravages made by generosity added to
The symbolism and imagery used by Nathaniel Hawthorne in Young Goodman Brown to develop a theme are very bold and straightforward. Rather than hiding away the symbolism for the reader to discover, he makes it so obvious to the point where it is almost ridiculous. A notable central theme of Young Goodman Brown is that of the hypocrisy of religion, which is arguably why Hawthorne wrote the story in the first place. For example, when Goodman Brown actually starts examining his faith, he finds holes in his own religion. In fact, there are accounts from the time period of the story of Puritans being kidnapped by Native tribes and refusing to return to their old lives.
Certain aspects of a text have a deeper meaning beyond than what is on the surface. “The Open Boat” is a short story written by Stephen Crane about Crane’s own experience being shipwrecked while traveling to Cuba. Another text that was read in class is “To the Lighthouse” written by Virginia Woolf and concentrates on Mr. and Mrs. Ramsay’s life and their trips to the Isle of Skye. While looking through these texts, I found some symbols through literary analysis that were used to portray a deeper understanding about the stories overall plot. Through my own literary analysis I have chosen to: discuss how symbols contribute to the stories core theme, allow for reflection on character conflicts, and how they can be viewed in different aspects.