The Lottery, By Shirley Jackson Essay

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Throughout the short story “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, the novella Chronical of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and the play Oedipus Rex by Sophocles, the theme of chance and fate is shown to be an important element in many of the events that unfold within the stories. “The Lottery” shows a distinct focus on chance, while Chronical of a Death Foretold and Oedipus Rex focus on fate. There are differences shown to arise in the literature through these two concepts, however there are also similarities, which display the same overall depiction of chance and fate throughout the stories. Chance can be defined as “the likelihood of something happening, probability” (Avis,192), while fate is defined as “a power that determines and controls everything that is or happens; destiny” (Avis, 431). Though these two concepts are different in definition, they lead to various overlapping ideas and themes through the depiction of them within the stories. Throughout the provided literature, the depiction of chance and fate are shown to relate, as well as differ considerably, and this depiction of the two subjects is shown to impact the themes and meaning of the stories notably. Within the concepts of chance and fate there are various similarities as well as differences presented. Mainly, the difference is shown between fate being something pre-planned and uncontrollable, while chance is something that occurs randomly with no previous planning. However, through these…

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