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Comparing Symbolism Between the Stories Young Goodman Brown and The Lottery Is common to find stories, which the theme is easy and comprehensible to read without any hidden message, but some writers using symbols in their stories to clarify the real meaning of their tales keep the reader engaged in the lecture. Young Goodman Brown written by Nathaniel Hawthorne and The Lottery written by Shirley Jackson is an ideal example, where the symbols have an important role in each story and are helpful to contrast and analyze it even when the stories contains symbols that describes evil actions. “Young Goodman Brown” and “The Lottery” are two stories that can be comparable by the use of symbolism through different aspects in their stories such as settings, characters’ names and objects. First of all, the stories “Young Goodman Brown” and “The Lottery” can be comparable because of the use of symbolism in their settings of each story such as place and time. YGB story is developed in Salem, Massachusetts as stated “into the street of Salem village,” (Hawthorne 8) in the time of the witch trials and effusive Christian faith. YGB leaves his wife, named Faith, in the night where his journey begins, crossing the dark forest that which represents a trip with the evil forces and is tainted by the devil in the night of Autumn. In contrast, TL story happens in a clear and sunny day of summer in 1948 as it says in the sentence “The morning of June 27th was clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a full-summer day” (Jackson 26). Moreover, the place where celebrate the lottery is in a small rural village where around three hundred people are meeting in the central square for the occasion. This event symbolizes a happy celebration of the villagers, but the real result is a ritual sacrifice, which who obtains a slip of paper with a black spot, will die stoning instead to win a prize. Because of the differences of the setting in place and time, there are other points in the stories

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