Comparing The Lottery And The Rocking Horse Winner Essay

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Compare and Contrast Short Story “The Lottery” and “The Rocking-Horse Winner”
Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” and D.H. Lawrence’s “The Rocking-Horse Winner” are two short stories that take place in the early to mid-1900’s that displays turmoil to characters and eventually takes them to their demise. Both stories were written in a plot with suspense, love, and tragedy. The authors arouse the reader’s curiosity and keeps them interested in the story because of the implied message that is being conveyed. “The Lottery” and “The Rocking-Horse Winner” are two stories that have different plots, but convey the same lottery style theme of death.
In “The Lottery”, Shirley Jackson uses an old decrepit black box as to highlight the parable in her plot. At first, the meaning of the black box was not certain and unclear. The box was older than the oldest man in the village and there were talks that the box was not the original one. The box withstood time and represented tradition as it placed fear in the people of the village. Most villagers did not care for the box because they knew the deadly misfortunes it brought to the village every year. But as the story continues, the meaning of the box becomes clearer which created a crisis and ultimately determined the faith of one of its characters.
In “The Rocking-Horse Winner”, D.H. Lawrence also uses an object in his plot that Paul encounters in the story. The meaning of the toy rocking horse is sinister; which tells the reader that…

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