Essay on The Lottery vs. the Rocking-Horse Winner

1296 Words Mar 8th, 2011 6 Pages
Outline
Title: “The Lottery vs. The Rocking-Horse Winner”
I. Introduction
A. In what ways are the two shorts stories by Shirley Jackson and D.H. Lawrence similar and different.
B. In “The Lottery vs. The Rocking-Horse Winner” we are analyzing the similarities and differences in setting from a fictional viewpoint between these two short stories.
II. Body
A. What are the settings of these two short stories, 1. Where do they take place 2. When do they take place
3. What similarities and differences do these stories have in common, considering where and when they take place B. What is the atmosphere in which these stories are set 1. Are the characters affected by atmosphere
2. What are the similarity and differences of
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When looking at the atmosphere in these two stories we can clearly see that this had a major impact on the characters and the way that they would react. It was also interesting to find that the same atmosphere was present in both “The Lottery” and “The Rocking-Horse Winner.” A symbol in a setting of a short story is a person, place, or thing in a narrative that suggests meaning beyond its literal sense. When we look at “The Lottery,” there are three distinctive symbols that stand out in the setting of the story. The first of these is a person “Old Man Warner,” who has been around for seventy-seven years and has gone to the lottery seventy-seven times and he is still standing. Secondly, it is the “Black Box,” which is use for the lottery. Mr. Summers has tried to persuade the villagers to have a new black box built, because the current black box is growing shabbier and does not look black anymore. However, the villagers do not want to interfere or mess around with tradition so they would rather want to keep the old black box. The last symbol that I would like to mention is the lottery itself. Old man Warner says something significant in the story, which clearly states that the lottery is a symbol in the setting of “The Lottery.” He stated, “Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon.” The actual meaning if one could interpret it so is, “the lottery sacrifice will bring about a bountiful harvest soon.” I only what to mention one symbol in “The

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