Compare and Contrast
“The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson
“The destructors” by Graham Greene
The society should let go of the past and traditions that are meaningless and embrace peace love and unity for the betterment of our future. Outline
1. Setting of the stories
a. Location of the stories
b. Time the stories take place
2. Main subject of the stories
c. Message portrayed
d. Main characters
e. Character traits
4. The tone of the stories
5. Irony in the stories
6. Symbolism in the stories
Compare and Contrast The Lottery and Destructors.
The Lottery story takes place just after the World War II in June of 1948 in New York. It takes place in the village and this can be supported when we are told that there were only about three hundred people in the village (Para 1) Likewise the destructors takes place just a few years after the world War II in London. We see this when the story tells as, “The gang used to meet every morning in an impromptu car park, the site of the last bomb of the first blitz.” (Para3) In both stories, there setting influences the characters. In the Lottery, the practice has been there for around seventy-seven-years (Para 11) we also see piles of stones in the vicinity which symbolizes violence. In the Destructors, the place the story takes place influences the characters, as the site where they meet every day is the last place the bomb was dropped. This symbolizes destruction and incites violence in the characters.
The main theme in the story “The Lottery” is to expose the bondage life that people are living with in the name of tradition. It is a brutal tradition that people do not seem to see how inhuman it is. The day starts in the morning at around ten o’clock with children coming in first followed by the men and finally the women. It is so disturbing to see a pile of stone in a corner as...
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