The Lottery And Mood Analysis

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There is a Swedish proverb that claims, “In a good book the best is between the lines.” Mood is something you can find between those lines. It isn’t written on the pages, but if it were missing, the story would never get read. Mood is what separates simple stories from timeless classics; it gives the words a personalized meaning and a way for the reader to bond with the story. In both “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” and “The Lottery,” the mood fluctuates, exposing gaps in social constructs, manipulating your feelings to mirror what the author wants you to feel.
In “Omelas,” the mood in the beginning is extremely jubilant as the author describes a perfect utopian town in a place where the weather is always mild and sunny. There are subtle
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On page four of “Omelas” it reads, “Theirs is no vapid, irresponsible happiness. They know that they, like the child, are not free. They know compassion. It is the existence of the child, and their knowledge of its existence, that makes possible the nobility of their architecture, the poignancy of their music, the profundity of their science.” The people of Omelas have no guilt, not in that there is nothing to be guilty of, but as a result of the ones who do feel guilt, choosing to leave. Conversely, the ones who leave decide they cannot live in a place that condones actions as awful as the gruesome and barbaric torture of an innocent child. They spend the rest of their lives absently wandering the world past the gates, beyond Omelas. Realizing what kind of people walk away from Omelas, you start debating if a perfect utopian society is even achievable and how would you react if you were in Omelas. If living in a utopia isn’t possible, then does the good of the many really ever outweigh the good of the few? In “The Lottery” there is no vast, metaphorical meaning behind the story, the message is simple, everything is fair until you are on the losing side of the bargain. During the beginning of the lottery on page four it says, “‘Get up there, Bill.’ Mrs. Hutchinson said. …show more content…
The great philosopher Aristotle once said, “Persuasion is achieved by the speaker's personal character when the speech is so spoken as to make us think him credible. We believe good men more fully and more readily than others: this is true generally whatever the question is, and absolutely true where exact certainty is impossible and opinions are divided.” Authors use this thinking when persuading the reader’s views on their story's metaphorical meaning. Most of the philosophical and timeless questions pondered today have no clear cut answer, hence how they stay timeless. By creating a scenario that answers one of these inquiries, in a way that fits their own beliefs, authors can use their skills to make it look as though they are experts on any topic they wish, without reasonable doubt.
The mood in “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas,” and “The Lottery,” are used, by the authors, to persuade the reader to have the same opinions and morality as they do by creating a fictional scenario that flatters their way of thinking. While the authors ordinarily have the upper hand, it is up to us as readers to interpret the meaning and significance of the story, before we let their plots persuade us in any

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