Shirley Jackson's The Lottery And The Rocking-Horse Winner

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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.
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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 turmoil is to come. As the plot continues, Paul horse riding becomes uneasy to his sisters and the nurse. Lawrence presented the house and the horse as being evil when he explained that they were haunted by the unspoken phrases: There must be more money! There must be more money! Paul eventually outgrew the horse, but the greed from his mother and the selfishness from his uncle and the gardener caused Paul to mistakenly make the toy horse into a weapon that took him to his untimely demise. The parables of these objects are essential to the plot of both stories and those objects represent the implied message given by Shirley Jackson and D.H. …show more content…
Lawrence uses many symbols to communicate a message. The whispering rocking horse and house symbolizes evil, depression, and unhappiness. Paul is seen as a young child who believes that he is lucky, but he is also desperately looking for love from his mother. His eyes are described as being glaring in an uncanny way, which reference that his eyes are lured to ill-omened wickedness which was only seen when riding his horse. Paul loved his mother, but greed and a love for money would not allow him to succeed. The implied message in this work is greed; in other words, greed is the root of all

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