The Lottery vs. the Rocking-Horse Winner

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Title: “The Lottery vs. The Rocking-Horse Winner”
I.Introduction
A. In what ways are the two shorts stories by Shirley Jackson and D.H. Lawrence similar and different. B. In “The Lottery vs. The Rocking-Horse Winner” we are analyzing the similarities and differences in setting from a fictional viewpoint between these two short stories. II.Body

A. What are the settings of these two short stories,
1. Where do they take place
2. When do they take place
3. What similarities and differences do these stories have in common, considering where and when they take place
B. What is the atmosphere in which these stories are set
1. Are the characters affected by atmosphere
2. What are the similarity and differences of atmosphere between these two stories C. Was any part of the setting a symbol
III. Conclusion
A.Did the settings of the two stories create the opposite of what occurred

Introduction and Thesis
In what ways are the two shorts stories by Shirley Jackson and D.H. Lawrence similar and different. This will be our main focus in “The Lottery vs. The Rocking-Horse Winner”; we are analyzing the similarities and differences in the setting of these two stories from a fictional viewpoint. “The Lottery vs. The Rocking-Horse Winner”

When considering the settings of “The Lottery” and “The Rocking-Horse Winner,” taking into consideration where and when these stories took place is critical. “The Lottery,” took place on a clear and sunny summers morning, at about 10o’clock on the 27th of June, with the flowers blooming profusely and the grass a richly green. The villagers were gathering on the square, between the Post office and the bank.

“The Rocking-Horse Winner,” on the other hand does not give you a clear date or time of the story, even though it mentions Christmas when the children started to here the house speak, which would imply December. However, later in the story we read the Uncle Oscar took Bassett and Paul out to Richmond Park one afternoon. We also read of Paul’s mother’s birthday which takes place in November. The “when,” in “The Rocking-Horse Winner” is quiet a mystery, however the where in more conclusive. Almost the whole story plays of in “The House,” the very pleasant but haunted house.

Taking into consideration when and where these two stories took place, one can come to the conclusion that they are very different in setting, as the one playoff in a town square and the other in a house. In “The Lottery” we can determine the exact time of the setting, whereas in “The Rocking-Horse Winner” we are not determine the exact time of the setting.

Looking at the atmosphere within the setting of “The Lottery” and “The Rocking-Horse Winner,” one can make a clear perspicacity that the atmosphere of these two stories had a great role to play and impact on the characters.

Even though it is a lovely clear and sunny day in “The Lottery,” the atmosphere is one of depression, stress, nervousness and fear. This impacted the characters in “The Lottery” as they anxiously waiting upon the Mr. Summers and the black box, no one was laughing but rather just smiling and all the women wore faded clothes.

The atmosphere within the setting of “The Rocking-Horse Winner,” was also one of depression, stress, anxiety and fear. Although not all the symptoms were present in all of the characters, Paul’s mother was the one that had all the symptoms due to the lack of money. Paul and his other siblings had fear as on of their symptoms when that house started saying, “There must be more money,” one Christmas. Paul also showed some symptom of anxiety to the end of the story when he did not know which horse would win the derby.

When looking at the atmosphere in these two stories we can clearly see that this had a major impact on the characters and the way that they would react. It was also interesting to find that the same atmosphere was present in both “The Lottery” and “The Rocking-Horse...
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