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“the Lottery” by Shirley Jackson and “the Lottery Ticket” by Anton Chekhov

By | September 2008
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Comparative Essay “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson and “The Lottery Ticket” by Anton Chekhov

Most people today would define Lottery as the drawing of lots in which prizes are distributed to the winners among persons buying a chance, however these two stories give us a different out look on the word lottery. The stories “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson and “The Lottery Ticket” by Anton Chekhov are both extremely powerful stories that leave you thinking.

People turn on other people for self benefit. In both stories the main character involved turns on their own families for themselves to get ahead in someway.

In The Lottery, the Hutchinson’s family receives the slip of paper with a black dot. Therefore the whole family has to draw slips of paper to see who would be choicen for the sacrifice. It happen that the mother in the family, Tessie Hutchinson receives the black dot and will be sacrificed in this years lottery to receive good crops for the community. After she finds out that she is the one with the black dot in her family she immediately protests coming up with whatever she can think of like “You didn’t give him time enough to take any paper he wanted. I say you, it wasn’t fair.” Also saying that the whole thing needed to be started over and that it wasn’t fair her other children didn’t pick. She stooped so low at that moment turning on her own children, hoping for the chance that one of them would be killed instead of her.

Ivan Dmitritch, the husband “The Lottery Ticket” was a very well satisfied man starting off but even he started to turn on his wife over her lottery ticket and the excepted winnings that didn’t even come through for them. He started to plot out plans for the winning. Property he would buy, debts he would pay off and extragarant trips he would go on all by himself. Thinking of how she would only be a burden to him, and how she wouldn’t be able to handle all that money. Turning on her and wanting it all for himself although...