Young Goodman Brown And The Lottery Comparison Essay

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Thesis: The themes of both “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne and “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson are complete and total opposites, but they share the idea of Biblical concepts Outline I. Introduction II. “Young Goodman Brown” A. Themes a. Good Vs. Evil B. Characters b. Goodman Brown c. Faith. d. Old Man/ Devil C. Connection to Biblical Concepts III. “The Lottery” A. Themes a. Capital Punishment b. Usury c. Tithing B. Characters d. Mr. Summers e. Old Man Warner f. Tessie Hutchinson C. Connection to Biblical Concepts IV. Conclusion After reading a couple of stories, it is not uncommon to want to compare the two with each other. The themes of both “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne and “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson are complete and total opposites, but they share the idea of Biblical concepts. The characters also help to express this idea. In the story, “Young Goodman Brown”, there is a theme of good versus evil. This is seen through the roles that the characters play and how they treat and talk to each other. In the story there are three major characters. The first of these is Goodman Brown. In…show more content…
The theme of capital punishment is seen in the story of “The Lottery” when the town’s people stone Tessie Hutchinson. This same type of punishment was practiced in the Bible often for people who committed adultery and practiced witchcraft. The idea of usury in the text of the Bible is seen as a sin. The people in “The Lottery” were using people as a source of payment; meaning the town’s people were committing a sin. The last theme is tithing. This can be seen in the Bible many times. People would take livestock and burn it as an offering to the Lord. In the case of “The Lottery,” they were killing people as a tithing

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