The Lottery By Shirley Jackson And The Rocking Horse Essay

723 Words May 31st, 2015 3 Pages
The short stories The Lottery by Shirley Jackson and The Rocking Horse – Winner by D.H. Lawrence have a dark side. Attempting to control the outcome in their lives the character’s irrational behavior demonstrate the loss of winning. In Jackson’s The Lottery, the reader is transported in time to a bright sunny early summer day; a sense of warmth and tightly knit community is developed. Certainly this warm summer day with rich green grass and blossoming trees is a setting of joy, playful children and happy townspeople who are gathering to “win” the lottery. Had Jackson included a dark cloudy and rainy day, with perhaps even a thunder storm, the change in setting would have foreshadowed losing and even death. The reader would anticipate a tragic event rather than a jovial experience. Changing the setting, to a downpour, would also have an effect on the characters, to a less sociable crowd rather than the almost heavenly setting portrayed in this story. The changing mood of the story creates anticipation and foreshadows “winning” the prize. The warm day, the social interactions, the playful children “stuffing stones in their pockets” and the anticipation of the event begins to reveal the unexpected result. The late arrival of Mrs. Hutchinson depicts that the entire gathering is quite bothersome and certainly she will not be unlucky enough to win. The lottery box arrives with an eerie and suspenseful mood with dark undertones. The box takes center stage and the once…

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