The Lottery And The Hobbyist Analysis

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Stories are made up of different literary elements such as the setting, plot, conflicts, and the overall theme of the story itself. Stories such as The Lottery and The Hobbyist showed such elements, which is why I picked those stories to show their differences. The Hobbyist by Fredric Brown is about a man named Mr. Sangstrom wanting to kill his wife, and asking a man called the druggist to help him by poisoning her. The situation quickly shifts for the worse as Mr. Sangstrom was tricked and poisoned by the druggist, and having to write a confession letter to the homicide detail in exchange for a possible antidote. In The Lottery by Shirley Jackson, villagers in an unnamed village participate in a traditional lottery draw, though the winners don’t actually win anything, but are instead stoned to death by the villagers. The winner in the story, Tessie, was one of very few (if not any) who thought the traditions were out of place and should be stopped. By reading both stories I have seen …show more content…
But before the end and theme of each story is revealed, the authors give us a sense of dramatic and situational irony through the stories. Finally, we see contrasts in both situational and dramatic irony in The Hobbyist and The Lottery. In The Hobbyist, we see how the authors builds up the story with situational irony. When Mr. Sangstrom comes up to the druggist for the poison, he talks about killing his wife.
Essentially this makes us believe that somehow the two will work together to kill his wife, but we are tricked when it is revealed that the druggist poisoned him instead. The author immediately set up the perfect scene for him to be poisoned, which was when they went for coffee. “I was about to take a coffee break, come with me and have a cup.” (Paragraph 2, Page

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