The Pursuit Of Luck Ultimately Leads To Death

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Fiction Essay

COURSE # and TITLE: ENGL102: Literature and Composition


NAME: Derek Crans ID #L23213772


Derek E. Crans
Spring Semester
ENGL 102 Student
The Pursuit of Luck ultimately leads to Death
Thesis Statement:
“The Lottery”, by Shirley Jackson, and D.H. Lawrence’s “The Rocking-Horse Winner” offer stories of luck both will be compared and contrasted. One of which focuses on a son that wants to help his Mother with her financial problems, while the other begins with gathering stones on a sunny day in a town which uses the lottery to determine which person will be sacrificed to help ...view middle of the document...

As it turns out though Paul made his Mother some 80,000 pounds, and in poor health from riding his rocking horse so often Paul dies without a hint of love from his mother just a cold heart as always.
“The Lottery” on the other hand is also a story of luck but more in line with the Hunger Games Movie except in “The Lottery” the villagers all willingly choose to participate, and are not forced as they were in the Hunger Games. Each Head of Household member who were grown men walked forward to a black wooden box to select a slip of paper. If the Head of Household was selected as was the case with Bill Hutchinson, there were five more slips of paper (each slip resembling a member of the Hutchinson family) into the box. Mrs. Hutchinson draws a slip of paper with a black dot in the center, which means she has been selected to be stoned by the rest of the villagers. Oddly enough, Mrs. Tess Hutchinson had said nothing of the unfairness of “The Lottery” until she had drawn the slip to be stoned even after having participated in the lottery for years. Clearly, this town doesn’t know the value of “love your neighbor, as yourself” (Mark 12:31).
“The Rocking Horse Winner” revolves around Paul’s striving to make more money so his mother would eventually love him; while “The Lottery” is a cruel demonic game of luck where a family member dies by being vainly stoned to death by villagers. Paul in “The Rocking Horse Winner” was motivated by his love for his mother; while Mrs. Tess Hutchinson in “The Lottery” was motivated by blood to be spilled in her village. After all the years of playing this sinful game little did she know that her luck had run out. Furthermore, “The Rocking Horse Winner” is full of Paul’s Mothers greediness; while “The Lottery” is full of hate for family and community wishing a bad fortune for your neighbor.
II. Summary of setting uses
“The Rocking Horse Winner” takes place in England in the years immediately following the First World War. The places include a home in or near London, London's Richmond Park, in a car traveling to a home in Hampshire County (SW of London), and the Lincoln Racecourse in Lincoln, Lincolnshire. Further, major races were mentioned in the story that took place in England when this story was written in 1926. Those major races mentioned include: Grand National Handicap Steeplechase, Royal Ascot at Windsor, the Epsom Derby, the St. Leger Stakes, and the Lincoln Racecourse.
As for “The Lottery” the story takes place between 10 a.m. and noon on June 27, a sunny day, in a New England village.
In “The Rocking Horse Winner” Paul’s Mother is motivated by greed, and her greed is stressed upon everybody. There is also much tension in the home because she loves no one, yet no one is willing to intervene in a responsible manner to help her with her problem. Fiscal irresponsibility and greed has led the husband and wife to look towards Paul (and perhaps later to the other two children) to make more...

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