19 July 2011
“The Lottery vs. The Rocking-Horse Winner”
There are two inordinate literary works from American History which are: “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson and “The Rocking-Horse Winner” by D.H. Lawrence. “The Rocking-Horse Winner” is a short story that integrates elements of the fable, the fantasy, and the fairy tale. Similar a fable, it presents a moral. Alike a fictional story, it presents highly unrealistic events (the boy’s ability to foretell the winners of horse races, the whispering house). “The Lottery” is a short story about a small village gathering, an annual tradition of a drawing for one person to be the winner of the lottery. At first glance of both stories the reader will think that there is no likeness between the two short stories. By taking a closer look the stories develop similarities such as: love, symbolism and fear. A few cohesions are enhanced by human nature in the stories, and an old question “is human nature foreseeable?” Considering a deeper look into each story there is a profusion of symbolism in both stories.
In “The Rocking-Horse Winner” story Paul, a boy who knows that his mother does not love him and he wants to gain his mother’s love by foretelling the winning horse or being lucky. The boy goes to great lengths to try to achieve his objective and it does not take long for him to grasp that all his exertions may not work. Note that in this story the message is experienced by many life; however most are not as histrionic as of Paul’s mother. Paul’s mother a stunning woman blessed with advantages marries an attractive man for love, but the love eventually runs dry. The parents try various arrangements to upsurge their income, but financial success evades them. This family is not only deprived in money but also love. The mother in the story has many errors, she puts her social status beyond her love for her children, wealthiest has a higher priority and a bad pattern of spending money she does not...