Essay about The Book ' The Lottery '

1128 Words Oct 15th, 2015 5 Pages
Have you ever gotten the chance to give someone else happiness? The stories “What, of This Goldfish, Would You Wish”, and “The Lottery” define who we are as a person. The goldfish story defines who we are, because it shows that when we have the chance to make someone else the happiest they can be, we can either choose to take that opportunity or choose happiness for ourselves. Everyday someone is choosing between themselves or others, and your character is shown through the actions you choose. In the lottery story, as morbid as it may seem, people thought they were doing the right thing. Every year they upheld this tradition where citizens would be stoned to death. Everyone would put their name in a raffle, and if they chose the piece of paper with the back scribble on it, they would die. In a way, people thought they were giving others happiness, by helping them move on to the next life. It was like they were winning the lottery.

In “What, of This Goldfish, Would You Wish?” it has similarities, it relates to others, and it defines who we are. First, are the similarities. One of the characters in the story is named Sergei, and he had a magic goldfish that granted him whatever three wishes he wanted. Sergei could have chosen anything he wanted, but he ended up using his wishes on other people just to make them happy. He put aside his happiness for others. This relates to others, because on a daily basis, there are and will always be people giving up their prosperity for…

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