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The differences between The Lottery by Shirley Jackson and The Ones WhoWalk Away from Omelas by Ursula K Le Guin seem relatively minor when comparedto the striking similarities they contain in setting symbols and theme Each of the stories begin with a description of a beautifulsummer day The flowers were blooming profusely and the grass was richlygreenpara 1 in The Lottery is quite comparable to old moss-grown gardensand under avenues of treespara 1 in Omelas These descriptions alongwith several others provide positive connotations and allow the reader torelax into what seems to be a comfortable setting in either story Both storiesalso contain a gathering of townspeople In Omelas there is music danceand special attire incorporated in the gathering whereas in The Lotterythe women show up wearing faded house dresses and sweaters Although LeGuins environment seems more festive all the folks in both stories arecoming together for what seems to be enjoyable even celebratory occasionsHowever I believe the major similarity lies in the fact that these manypleasant details create a facade within each story The reader is then leftill-prepared when the shocking brutally violent ritualistic traditionsare exposed Children are an important focus in both stories Jacksonmakes it easy for us to imagine their boisterous playpara 2 and Le Guinwrites their high calls rising like swallows crossing flights over themusic and the singingpara1 I see these children being used to symbolizeperceived states of happiness in both stories I also believe they are vitalnecessities in each story because they are taught and expected to carrytraditions into the future For instance in The Lottery someone gavelittle Davy Hutchinson a few pebblespara 76 he is then able to participatein the stoning of his own mother and in Omelas the tradition is usuallyexplained to children when they are between eight and twelvepara 10 andof course the victim in this tale is a child The fact that both authors include references to farmingmay be due to the association between farming and
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