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The authors Shirley Jackson and Nathaniel Hawthorne both frequently use symbols within their stories The Lottery and Young Goodman Brown Symbols are utilized as an enhancement tool to stress the theme of each story Hawthorne uses names and objects to enhance the theme and Jackson mainly utilizes names to stress the theme although she does have one object as a symbol of great importance to the theme The stories both contain symbols describing evil The majority of Hawthornes symbols describe religion both good and evil but Jacksons symbols reflect the evil nature within society as a whole There exists symbolic acts in each story The short stories both share the use of symbols but the symbols are used to express different thoughts in ones mind while reading them The stories Young Goodman Brown and The Lottery both use names as symbols Hawthorne uses the names Young Goodman Brown and Faith to portray nice descent people The name Faith alone implies a faithful and Christian individual as stated And Faith as the wife was aptly named 211 Jackson uses the name Mr Graves throughout her story he is the coordinator of the lottery She needs not give any explanation to the name as it speaks for itself a symbol of death Various other names are used as symbols within each story however these mentioned are the most significant names to the theme The stories each contain names objects and acts as important symbols Hawthorne uses the names to stress good people but relies heavily on objects to portray Satanism The object of obvious Satanism is the staff a cane mentioned throughout the story It is clearly identified when the old traveler throws it down in the sentence it assumed life being one of the rods which its owner had formerly lent to the Egyptian Magi 215 According to the Bible sorcerers with magic powers change their rods into serpents Jackson uses the black
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