The Lottery Essay

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My two favorite short stories are “The Lottery and “Young Goodman Brown”. Making a decision which is better will be a tough choice. Although both stories are similar in its theme, it is transported differently in each story. The stories display different character analysis and word choice.

I. My favorite pastime is reading short stories.
a. Two stories I can read repeatedly.
i. “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson.
ii. “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
b. The authors battle with depression in their lives.
i. Shirley Jackson was stricken server depression from time to time.
ii. Nathaniel Hawthorne was depressed because of his ill health and the ...view middle of the document...

There is nothing I enjoy more than wrapping my mind around a short story book. There are two stories I can read over and over again. I wondered if I had to choose between the two, which it would be. The two stories are “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson and “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne. The two authors battle with depression in their lives. Ms. Jackson was in and out of severe depression causing her to drop out of college. Mr. Hawthorne was ill and struggled with the Civil War causing him to go into depression. Both books lead you to suspecting something totally different than the outcome. One of the authors chose to name the scenery for its book, whereas the other one refer to its location as a village. Nathaniel Hawthorne story took place in a small village call Salem. Shirley Jackson only mentioned it was a small town. However she did give us the town population. She also mentioned the calendar date. Her giving us this information, we get the feel that it was a warm summer day. Time seems to be a factor in her story. The entire story, from start to finish, took place in just a few hours. In the short story of Young Goodman Brown it referred to the forest as dark and gloomy. This makes me believe that it was either autumn or winter time. One story started early in the morning and the other one was early evening. Mr. Hawthorn was able to complete her story in the course of one night.

The wives and story played a very important roll. Both characters were mentioned by name. Tessie Hutchinson Was the main character in story “The Lottery”. The author made her out to be a middle age woman. She may have been late forties to fifties. I say this because she had a daughter that was old
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enough to be married away. Tessie had mixed emotion throughout the story. She seems to be happy at times and other times she seems disturbed. Faith was the wife Goodman Brown. You could not get a sense of how old she was; only that she had to be pretty young. I got this indication because she still wore ribbons in our hair. Tessie appeared to be very outspoken and somewhat demanding. She also appeared to be stubborn at times. On the other hand Faith was almost complete opposite. She may one request of her husband and yield right away to his response. Tessie was killed in the story. Faith appeared to be dead but that was only in Goodman Brown’s dream. The story mentioned her ribbon falling from the sky, as if she had gone to heaven. Turns out she was there to meet Goodman Brown at the end of the story.

The husbands were major rolls in the story as well. Goodman Brown was the main character in the story. Bill, Tessie Hutchinson’s husband, played a lesser role for his character. They both took part in regrettable activity. Goodman...

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