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Everyman Essay

776 words - 4 pages

English 102

Conflict in Two Times

In the short stories, The Lottery, and The Destructors, there are many parallels to be found. Both accounts share a common theme of despair and evil. Similarly, each short story is in the third person point of view which allows the reader to gain insight into what the characters are doing in an objective manner. Even though the events told are set in very different settings and eras, both tales still show that man is a sinner and, without God’s grace, can carry out dreadful deeds, like murder.

“The Lottery” is a short story in which the theme of despair and fear is predominant. The story is set in a small town were the people ...view middle of the document...

The story turns dramatically when “T.” takes charge of the group and escalates their silly childish havoc into a plan to ruin a gentleman’s life. Author Graham Green develops the boy Trevor from being solemn and quiet into behaving crazed and verbally assaulting his fellows. Much like Trevor is Shirley Jackson’s villager, Tessie Hutchinson. Tessie, at the beginning of the story is merely participating in the cruel lottery, once she loses however, she turns in a crazed maniac. The parallel to be found in between Trevor and Tessie is in their attitude and how that controls the feeling of the story.

The stories develop at a similar pace, but with a different intensity. In Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” a feeling of dread is apparent, similar to that found in Graham Greene’s The Destructors. “They stood together, away from the pile of stones in the corner, and their jokes were quiet and they smiled rather than laughed.” (Jackson, 1948, p. 1) Immediately as the story unfolds a feeling of impending doom is obvious. Likewise, Greene begins his account by describing a motley group of boys, in an area littered with trauma, looking for trouble to cause. The feeling of dread abates in “The Destructors” which has a bit of vague lightheartedness, while Shirley Jackson’s tale steadily grows...

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