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Fiction Essay

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Gregory L. Baize, Sr.
In Partial Completion for
ENG 102 D04 201130
Professor Robinson
July 10, 2011
Thesis Statement
Comparative study of Graham Greenes' "The Destructors" and Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery." Both stories are great work of paralleled irony for different reasons. In "The Destructors," life's decisions are convoluted in a much different way, one may say they are the same as in The Lottery, but they are not. In "The Lottery," life's decisions appear to be easy, based totally on traditional and societal norms.

Two great works known for irony, in one a great author, Graham Greene, creates a masterpiece and in the other, a masterpiece creates a great author, Shirley Jackson. Greene had been known to the world and his works had been studied even without the presence of the Destructors, Shirley Jackson was considered nobody till she wrote “The Lottery” and stunned the world.

Both works are now studied as pieces of irony but I believe both to be great works in other, with a twist of deaths in the conclusion, although, worth mentioning, the similarities both serve to the other purpose rather than the plane simple.

The Destructors and The Lottery, both are symbolic society questioner, with its many symbols undermines the American and British societies. But both short stories carry within them even more, they talk of breaking the norms; they speak of minorities, giving up, and waste of life.

The Existentialists say man is free to choose yet the choice and having to choose is inevitable and this is seen in The Destructors where T is moved to a position of leadership as he made the choice to do something different even though the vote had already taken place. In Existentialist belief due to the exact same choice man is always anxious and hesitant, not knowing whether his choice is proper or not, is it accepted by others or not, and this is seen so clearly in the story:

In this story T takes over by choosing by...