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Young Goodman Brown vs. the Lottery

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Armando Castilleja Jr.
K. Chrismon
Intro to Lit
March 28, 2013

Young Goodman Brown Vs. The Lottery
Bizarre events can happen to anyone at any given time, to say that there has never been a time of our lives where something just wasn’t right or even inexplicable can be an understatement. Examine Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown” for example, a story about a man named Goodman Brown sets off into a the wilderness to meet with a person whom he has never met before in his life, meeting a stranger can be weird enough, let alone meeting them in the middle of a forest with no civilization nearby can be considered just off the wall. In Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” the story takes place in the early to mid--1900’s, about a small rural town who runs a lottery among the citizens but the so called lottery takes a nightmarish turn and leaves the reader wondering about what they just read. The whole tone of both of the stories seems to be curious and unorthodox. Hawthorne and Jackson do an exceptional job of never giving the reader a feeling of security, constantly keeping the person who reads on their toes throughout the whole story. Together these stories share a series of unusual events that happen to a character(s). Moreover they also differ in several different manners such as, in Young Goodman Brown the story is written in omniscient third person, while The Lottery is written in objective point of view. In addition, the characters in the story vary from super natural beings to your average Joe. “Young Goodman Brown” and “The Lottery” symbolize how ignorant and arrogant human beings can be.

Comparing both stories side by side can really give the reader insight on how alike they truly are. In Young Goodman Brown’s case, he goes says his goodbyes to his wife and sets off into the woods for a meeting with the devil. Identically in “The Lottery” people leave their respective home for one day just to gather around and have a drawing of sorts. Moreover...