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Compare & Contrast: The Rocking-Horse Winner/The Lottery

ENGL 102_B40: Literature and Composition

Spring 2011

Michaela Gates L23562144

APA

Gambling, whether for life or money, is risky and success is not guaranteed, even if you ‘win’. Two different tales both involving risk.

1. Gambling for something valuable
- One for life and the other for money

2. Characters’ Personalities
- Paul was hopeful and cared deeply for his family
- Tessie while also hopeful cared more about herself

3. Imagery
- Paul: fortunate and hopeful
- Tessie: unfortunate and unpleasant

4. Summary: Paul is more successful

Compare & Contrast Essay:
The Rocking-Horse Winner/The Lottery
By: Michaela Rhea Gates

Gambling, whether for life or money, is risky and success is not guaranteed, even if you ‘win’. Two different tales both involving risk. In “The Rocking-Horse Winner” by DH Lawrence a little boy named Paul is a very interesting, unique character. He is a passionate, exuberant little boy. Along with Bassett, the family gardener and his uncle Oscar, Paul gambles at the horse races. He is trying to make money for his family who is very poor. Paul has a way with ‘knowing’ which horse will win; he rides his childhood rocking-horse and while riding he gets a feeling about a certain horse and that horse is the one he gambles on. Paul doesn’t always get an answer but when he does, it is always right on. While in “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, the main character we focus on is Tessie, while she, like Paul, is gambling, she isn’t gambling by choice and definitely not for profit. Along with the rest of the village she lives in, Tessie is gambling for her life. Tessie is excited about the lottery each year, every year but this one, when her family is drawn, she protests that the lottery is unfair. She then proceeds to reluctantly draw a slip of paper and...
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