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Evil and charm are considered by many people to be very different things It is not often that it is thought that evil and charm coexist together Evil is defined to be morally bad or wicked while charms definition is a trait that fascinates allures or delights According to British author Brian Masters evil is something you recognize immediately you see it it works through charm Masters argument can be backed up through two pieces of literature Shirley Jacksons The Lottery and William Faulkners A Rose For Emily Both stories display evil and charm coexisting together in a society through setting characters attitudes and symbolism The Lottery is a somewhat sick twisted story that sets the reader up with the right and then pops them one with the left To begin the setting makes the reader feel all warm and good inside and gives the reader the feeling that the story is going to be a cheerful one The morning of June 27 was clear and sunny with the fresh warmth of a full summer day the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green Jackson 229 Here the author shows that summer is just beginning and that with summer life is just beginning The flowers are blossoming the grass is a rich shade of green and the towns people are gathering in the square between the post office and the bank The descriptions of the town are very misleading to the reader in terms of what is taking place The charm of the town delights the reader at the start and gives the reader a comforting feeling about what is going to happen The evil of the town is hidden behind a mask of charm The characters in The Lottery are very misleading to the reader in terms of character traits The characters attitudes towards the lottery are very upbeat and display that the characters have no problem with the
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