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Lit210 Final Essay

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Final Paper
“The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, and “A Rose For Emily” by William Faulkner

Literature has always shown, or at least attempted to show us the err of our ways. Throughout history, many stories have been written about our shortcomings, and have been presented to us in such a way to serve as warnings. This has been true about such famous works as Hamlet, Romeo And Juliet, and the Christian Bible itself. The stories “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, and “A Rose For Emily” by William Faulkner are but two examples of warnings to our society to not get so caught up in our ways that we can not see the ...view middle of the document...

She learned to not accept anything outside of her home, and the little world that had been constructed within it.
The way we are raised has a significant impact on the people we become. The people in “The Lottery” show this because they view the lottery as a normal tradition that is necessary and fun. The setting of Jackson's story is a deceptively tranquil village which gives little hint of its inhabitants potential for violence. However, because these people are raised through generations accepting the lottery as a part of their lives, when they become adults, they do not question it, and simply carry on the tradition.
In “A Rose For Emily”, things are a bit different, but the overlying idea is still the same. Emily’s father controlled and shaped Emily in a way that made her a different person, and one who would be self-destructive in the long run. This is a sad reality for many people, as they only know what they are taught, and become accustomed to these ways so much that it becomes who they are.
There is much internal conflict in these two stories. Tessie, who can only be thought of as the main character in “The Lottery”, has a great deal of internal conflict beginning when her husband was chosen as the winner. Tessie has lived her whole life with peer pressure making her think that the lottery was just a fun thing the town had always done. Tessie’s whole attitude changes regarding the lottery when she is ultimately named the winner, and she learns that peer pressure can sometimes lead you to a position that you never wanted to be in. She realizes that the lottery is not the light hearted tradition that it has been made out to be, and learns that it had been peer pressure that was controlling her all along.
Emily, however, is haunted and controlled by the values that her father has burdened her with. Emily is forced to conform to her father’s Southern societal values. Her family represented a monument of the past; Emily was referred to as a “fallen monument.” Faulkner (1931) 526 She must struggle with a great internal conflict though the course of the story, as she is not able to escape the confines that her father has burdened her with.
External conflict is another aspect of these tales, as it does not always affect just one individual, but often engulfs entire societies. This is shown in “The Lottery” in multiple ways. The nature of the lottery itself is a huge external conflict affecting the entire village. We first do not understand what this lottery is all about, and look at it in a kind hearted manner. We do not find out until the end that the winning family member is sentenced to death in an unusual way. Once Tessie, is declared the winner of the lottery, she turns on the very people that she loves, and wants the lottery to be redone so that someone else will be declared the winner..
In Faulkner’s story, we see a whole different approach to the ideas of external conflict. As Emily aged, the...

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