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The differences between The Lottery by Shirley Jackson and The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas by Ursula K Le Guin seem relatively minor when compared to the striking similarities they contain in setting symbols and theme Each of the stories begin with a description of a beautiful summer day The flowers were blooming profusely and the grass was richly greenpara 1 in The Lottery is quite comparable to old moss-grown gardens and under avenues of treespara 1 in Omelas These descriptions along with several others provide positive connotations and allow the reader to relax into what seems to be a comfortable setting in either story Both stories also contain a gathering of townspeople In Omelas there is music dance and special attire incorporated in the gathering whereas in The Lottery the women show up wearing faded house dresses and sweaters Although Le Guins environment seems more festive all the folks in both stories are coming together for what seems to be enjoyable even celebratory occasions However I believe the major similarity lies in the fact that these many pleasant details create a facade within each story The reader is then left ill-prepared when the shocking brutally violent ritualistic traditions are exposed Children are an important focus in both stories Jackson makes it easy for us to imagine their boisterous playpara 2 and Le Guin writes their high calls rising like swallows crossing flights over the music and the singingpara1 I see these children being used to symbolize perceived states of happiness in both stories I also believe they are vital necessities in each story because they are taught and expected to carry traditions into the future For instance in The Lottery someone gave little Davy Hutchinson a few pebblespara 76 he is then able to participate in the stoning of his own mother and in Omelas the tradition is usually explained to children when they are between eight and
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