Theme Between Lamb To The Slaughter And The Lottery

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The definition of suspense is, “a state or feeling of excited or anxious uncertainty of what might happen.” At least that is what dictionary.com refers to it as. Also, in both the stories “Lamb to the slaughter,” and “The Lottery,” mood plays an important role in the story. Through the mood, we get the main idea of the scenario or what the author is trying to make out of this scenario. Throughout the story reader can learn that both these stories have mood built up especially in specific phrases. Also, in the end without these phrases we can’t see the mood and we visualise what the main character is feeling or thinking, hence without mood, most of the meaning of the story would be cut off. We can confirm this in “Lamb to the Slaughter” on …show more content…
In “The Lottery,” this is shown in para 1,“ The morning of June 27th was clear and sunny, with a fresh warmth of a full-summer day.“ In this phrase, we can visualize this to be a warm day during the summer break. This is showing us who the story “The Lottery” starts off as a normal day. In the other story “ Lamb To the Slaughter” we can see the same thing happening in (paragraph 1) “The room was warm, the curtains were closed, the two tables were lit.” In this phrase, we can see that in the story “ Lamb To The Slaughter” that the beginning the mood starts off happy, warm, calming.Through these phases, we could see that both these stories start off as a good …show more content…
In “ Lamb to the slaughter “there are consequences that the character escape which are killing a person and trying to get away with murder. But in the other story “The Lottery ”they person die because of the superstition even if the person doesn’t want to die but they have to do that because in their superstition states if they don’t kill a person they will not get good crops for the year. We can see in the story “ Lamb to the Slaughter” this is shown in paragraph 29 “ As the wife of a detective she, knew what the consequences would be ?“ In this phrase, it shows that she knows that there is a consequence to what she did which was murder a person but yet she still killed her husband in the anger and partially turning psychopathic . But in the other story called “ The Lottery” the person died due to superstition/ their beliefs but this necessary doesn’t mean that there is no suspense because there is and this is shown in the story on paragraph 7 “There had, also, been a ritual salute, which the official of the lottery had to use in addressing each person” In the phrase , it shows that in the story “ The Lottery” they are following a religion to kill people to grow crops. And It also shows suspense and makes the reader suspicious because why would they use a ritual salute to address each person

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