Student ID; L26642376
English 102 B33- Composition and Literature
Fall 2014 Term D
September 4, 2014
Fiction essay thesis and outline
The Lottery – Shirley Jackson
The Rocking-Horse winner – D.H. Lawrence
Thesis statement: “The Lottery”, written by Shirley Jackson and “The Rocking-Horse winner”, written by D.H. Lawrence both use the stories settings in contradicting ways in order to present the seriousness of the stories. Shirley Jackson used the setting as a way to sidetrack the readers while D.H. Lawrence used the setting to construct the story. First Paragraph:
1.) Thesis Statement
a.) Write about the summary of “The Lottery.” - Main characters
- Main conflicts - Main incidents - Emotions I felt & emotions characters felt. b.) Write about the summary of “The Rocking-Horse Winner.” - Main Characters - Main conflicts - Main incidents -Emotions I felt & emotions characters felt. Second Paragraph
1.) Setting definition
2.) Use of the setting in “The Lottery”
a. Explain how the author used the descriptive scenes and in depth visualizations to take concentration off of the main scenario going on. i. Explain how author uses descriptive scenes and in depth visualizations such as happy characters, beautiful visualizations, sunny outdoors, etc. 3.) Use of the setting in “The Rocking-Horse Winner.” a. Explain how the author used setting in favor of story and main scenarios. i. Explain how author used setting in his favor to keep readers attention and make reader feel alive in the story. Third Paragraph
1.) Discuss similarities and differences within both stories. a. Both stories are very visual, making readers feel alive. b. “The Lottery” focuses on describing the beautiful day, happy characters and gorgeous setting so much that it makes the reader forget the main to topic, the lottery. c. “The Rocking-Horse winner” uses setting and characters to gather information for the reader and does not veer off of the main topic of the story. Fourth Paragraph
a. Summarize two stories very briefly and give last thoughts and concerns. b. Reflect on the importance of the setting in both stories. i. “The Lottery” setting drew readers away from main topic; “The Rocking-Horse winner” drew readers into the main topic. c. Thesis Statement
“The Lottery,” written by Shirley Jackson and “The Rocking Horse Winner,” written by D.H. Lawrence both use the stories settings in contradicting ways in order to present the seriousness of the stories. Jackson used the setting as a way to sidetrack the readers while Lawrence used the setting to construct the story. Setting is an important piece in any story and is extremely true in the two short stories that are about to be shared.
In “The Lottery”, the setting is used by Jackson in an effort to distract that reader. By distracting the reader by using beautiful memory visuals, the author is able to formulate an ironic ending to the story. The setting is illustrated to be warm, bright, happy and peaceful. Some readers may suggest that the scene is pleasant and in a certain way, suspenseful. The author described the day to be “clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a full-summer day.” (Jackson p.250) Jackson...
Cited: → Kennedy, X. J, and Gioia, Dana,eds.. Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing, Compact Interactive Edition. 7th ed. New Jersey: Upper Saddle River, 2013
→Jackson, Shirley. “The Lottery”. 250-256.
→Lawrence, D.H. “The Rocking-Horse Winner”. 234-244
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