Essay about Compare and Contrast

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Compare and Contrast
“Young Goodman Brown” and “The Lottery”
By: Melissa A. Reeves
Professor Andrew Smith
ENGL 102-B46 LUO
Thesis Statement
The stories “The Lottery” and “Young Goodman Brown” both appear to show that human behavior and judgment can be flawed, even if the person’s intentions appear good to them. There is a level of fear and underlying evil in Puritan settings in both stories.
I. Introduction/Statement of Thesis
II. Themes and Author’s Purpose A. The Lottery i. Just because something has always been done, does not make it right or just; following the crowd can be dangerously wrong and evil. ii. The author shows through symbolism and storytelling that people can be easily influenced
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The names in the story Faith and Young Goodman Brown represent good, innocent ones. For example, Faith would represent the words faith, religious, and pure and Goodman, in Young Goodman Brown, represents a good man. So, from the beginning, the reader is seeing the religious tone of the story. There are objects used in the story to convey the theme. The devil’s staff, which is a serpent, is Biblically symbolical. In the book of Genesis, the serpent tempts Eve with the forbidden fruit, which she and Adam do eat and then they are punished by God for that sin. Young Goodman Brown uses the staff and he suffers the consequences of knowing evil and distrust of others for the rest of his life. Faith’s pink ribbons are symbolic in the fact that the show Faith as pure and innocent and then Young Goodman Brown sees them flutter in the forest and he perceives this to mean that Faith has fallen in with the devil. In the end, Young Goodman Brown sees Faith with the ribbons in her hair, just as in the beginning. This would show that she returned to her innocent demeanor, which makes the reader question Young Goodman Brown’s experience as real or a dream. “Young Goodman Brown” conveys the symbols used, people and objects, set up the theme of good vs. evil. In conclusion, both stories convey the idea of conformity. In “The Lottery” the villagers conform to evildoing because of tradition and in “Young Goodman Brown” Goodman conforms to the people around him. Young Goodman Brown

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