Compare And Contrast The Lottery And Barn Burning

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The View of Perception
There are many unmistakable parallels between the two-short story’s “The Lottery” and “Barn Burning.” “The Lottery” is written by Shirley Jackson and takes place in a small town in America. The lottery is an annual ritual where all the families get together, the man of each family takes a paper with the possibility of that being marked which then means someone in the family will die. That is to say, a villager winning the lottery results in the other villagers stoning he or she to death. William Faulkner wrote the short story “Barn Burning.” Not to mention, the story starts off in a courtroom because Abner Snopes burned down the property of Mr. Harris. Mr. Harris is landowner, who is left with a burned barn and no legal option. Snopes is advised to leave the country because the court can’t find enough evidence to sentence him. His son Sarty Snopes chooses to warn the owner. “Barn Burning” offers a helpful picture of how Faulkner sees the economics of the postbellum South, where the poor whites remain the underclass rivals of black sharecroppers (Pierce). I will discuss the similarities and differences in the rituals performed in “The Lottery” and “Barn Burning” and how factors such as society and class, family, and perception. In both short stories, there is a major harm that is caused by hanging on to a ritual. In “The Lottery” their ritual is a tradition of prehistoric origin, that was once believed essential for the welfare of the community. The
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