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Comparison paper Honors English When driving two roads can be completely different one possessing steep hills and sharp turns and the other being relatively flat in grade and strait in its direction and still bring you to the same location In literature two stories can be written on completely different subjects one containing a narrative of the murdering of a woman in contemporary America by lottery and the other giving the chronicle of torture in a mystical fairy-tale like society of an innocent child both delivering your mind to the same final thoughts This is the case for the two short stories The Lottery by Shirley Jackson and The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas by Ursula Le Guin These two stories are told in quite different contexts yet their theme of a single person taking on the burdens of society to allow the rest of the culture to live in happiness and the devices used to arrive at this theme are strikingly similar Both of the stories begin with a warming description of a beautiful summer day Fresh warmth The flowers were blooming profusely and the grass was richly green Jackson pg 1 in The Lottery is similar to Bright airgreat water meadowmoss grown gardens under avenues of trees Le Guin pg1 in The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas Both Stories contain congregation of joyful townspeople In Omelas it is the Festival of summer with dancing in the streets music donning of special attire and great celebrations Although less jovial in their gathering the citizens in The Lottery all gather together with the children participating in play and the adults engaging in small talk The major similarity in these settings and descriptions lies in the fact that they both present fronts of pleasantness that create chaos in the readers mind after they are introduced to the brutally violent sacrifices Although the exact reasons
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