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The eighteen hundreds was one of numerous revolutionary eras that required a great deal of adjustment in peoples lives William Faulkners A Rose for Emily and Shirley Jacksons The Lottery are both short stories which portray the struggles one goes through to avoid the loss of cultural or family traditions during these changing times Both convey these aspects of human nature and how they result in the demise of the characters throughout the stories A Rose for Emily is a mixed collection of the townspeoples memories of an elderly woman after her death The woman Miss Emily Grierson lived a lonely life due to her inability to adapt to the changing world She lived most of her life in solitude locked up in her old house refusing contact with the outside world However in The Lottery it is the town as a whole that is unwilling to accept change For no other reason other than the fear of change the town continues the tradition of the lottery an annual stoning to death of a random citizen of the town by the other townsfolk While the theme of the two stories is similar its usage in developing the stories varies This aspect of human nature is used throughout A Rose for Emily in analyzing the events of Emilys life She was a mysterious person to most of the townspeople due to the fact that she lived the latter part of her life in solitude afraid to join in with the new world However this theme is used during the Lottery to add to the suspense as to what exactly the lottery is Until the last portion of the story the reader is unaware as to what the lottery is about Hearing the townspeople question the lotterys usage makes the reader more inquisitive as to what it could be Ones tendency to resist change is shown in many ways throughout The Lottery The first is the
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