Traditional Sacrifices And Sacrifices Of The Material

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In the The Lottery, Jackson told the story from the point of view of a third person narration; whereas, in the The Rocking-Horse Winner, Lawrence narration is written and seen by several characters within the story. Both authors use social elements to bring the stories together with varies symbolic words that outline the conditions within each siting and the element of an individual death, which involves both characters in a conflict between one’s own passion and one’s responsibility. Both stories have the reader asking the question “what was purpose? To respond, the reader must understand the points of view and minds of each character. For example, one story focuses more on traditional and ...view middle of the document...

D. H. Lawrence’s The Rocking-Horse Winner’s point of view was more obvious and written though the eyes of Paul, his mother and the uncle. The mother relates passion with her family’s financial situation. Whereas Paul “boy’s rocking” is lead to think luck is money and money is needed to keep the family in their social standing. For example, “He went off by himself, vaguely, in a childish way, seeking for the clue to “luck,” Absorbed, taking no heed of other people, he went about with a sort of stealth, seeking inwardly for luck. He wanted luck, he wanted it, he wanted it.” (Kennedy and Gioia, 2013, pp. 237). Paul uses his abilities to provide for the family. In doing this he tries to assume his father’s role in the attempt to please his mother and the household’s constant whispering the need for more money. “I started it for mother. She said she had no luck, because father is unlucky, so I thought if I was lucky, it might stop whispering” (Kennedy and Gioia, 2013, pp. 240). And even as Paul is dying he is still consumed with trying fill the role of a provider for his mother, “I never told you, mother, that if I can ride my horse and get there, then I’m absolutely sure – oh, absolutely! Mother, did I ever tell you? I am lucky! […] But the boy died in the night.” (Kennedy and Gioia, 2013, pp. 245). Paul’s death was a sacrifice to please his mother, who put her desires for money and material things above the love of her children.
When comparing and contrasting the death of Tessie and Paul from a fictional view, the reader can see several issues. Tessie’s death is a traditional ceremony practice that links families and generations in the story together, when it is held in June. “Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon.” (Kennedy and Gioia, 2013, pp. 254). For the townspeople it is easy to kill someone when it’s done in a ritualistic and traditional way....

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