Engl 102 Fiction Essay Samples

Matthew Burt Mrs. Lund English 102-B28 24 May 2013 Fiction Essay Thesis: The two short stories are vastly different when it comes to their conflicts, structure, and tone, yet they also have some strange similarity in these areas. I. The conflicts in the two short stories are different in almost every way, yet they both lead to the death of a character in the end. A. A person is not really sure what the conflict in “The Lottery” is until the end. B. In “The Rocking-Horse Winner” the conflict is almost immediately clear. II. The structures of how the two short stories are written is very different, yet the way the endings are structured is the same. A. “The Lottery” has a lot of mystery around what is going on in the story, and a person still does not have all of the answers by the end of the story. B. “The Rocking-Horse Winner” also has some mystery around what is going on, but it becomes very clear by the end of the story. III. Like the conflict and structures of the two short stories the tones of the two short stories start out different, but end in very similar ways. A. The tone of “The Lottery” starts out in a sort of happy way, but ends in a very dark way. B. The tone of “The Rocking-Horse Winner” is depressing at first, but it gets happier

English 102 Fiction Essay

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The Pursuit of Passions
ENGL 102: Composition and Literature
Fall D 2014
Nicholas Pampaloni, L2366120

THESIS: The themes of Shirley Jackson’s, “The Lottery” and D.H. Lawrence’s, “The Rocking-Horse Winner” demonstrate a very powerful and sinister aspect of fallen human nature. The characters in both of these stories are driven to what many would describe as insanity in the pursuit of a passion. Ultimately, these pursuits end in unimaginable tragedy and pain. I. The townspeople in “The Lottery” and the family members in “The Rocking-Horse Winner” are caught up in their passions. A. Paul is pursuing answers as a way to earn money and become lucky. B. The townspeople are pursuing an ancient tradition, no…show more content…

Passions drive people, and the townspeople in “The Lottery” and Paul in “The Rocking-Horse Winner” are no different. Each of the members of the unnamed town has a strong passion for tradition. The original black box used for the lottery is described as being, “lost long ago, and the black box now resting on the stool had been put into use even before Old Man Warner, the oldest man in town, was born” (Jackson 251). This sentence gives the reader an understanding that the lottery is an ancient tradition that has become an integral part of the town’s lifestyle. Such a tradition can only be carried on for this length of time if the people are passionate about preserving the tradition. Paul had a passion to be wealthy as a way to prove to his mother that he was lucky. From a young age, he saw that his family always wanted more money to support a better lifestyle, yet there never seemed to be enough. After learning from his mother that being lucky was the key to having money, he resolved to prove to her that he was lucky by earning money through betting on horses. Although these passions may seem benign, the reader soon discovers the effects these passions have on the characters. As humans begin to pursue their passions, there often comes a time when that pursuit becomes detrimental to their life. This is true in the cases of the characters in these stories. As Paul

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