Similarities Between The Lottery And The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas

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There are some differences between "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson and "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" by Ursula K. Le Guin some differences are small when compared to the similarities of the stories they contain similarities in the setting, symbols, and theme but small differences included. Each of the stories describe about a beautiful day. "The flowers were blooming profusely and the grass was richly green” said in "The Lottery" is similar to "old moss-grown gardens and under avenues of trees" in the story The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas." These settings started out in both stories provide the reader a relaxed setting of a utopia world in both stories. Both stories also contain a gathering of townspeople. In "...Omelas there is music, dance, and special clothing for the festival, whereas in "The Lottery," the women show up "wearing faded house dresses and sweaters." Although Le Guin 's setting seems more festive but all the folks in both stories are coming together for what seems to be entertaining festival. However, I believe the major similarity lies in the shadow of these perfect societies behind all the festivals and happiness there is a dark shadow you notice reading on. The reader is then thrown in when the shocking and ritualistic traditions are given. Children are an important focus in both stories I see these children being used to symbolize states of happiness in both stories. I also believe they are vital necessities in each story because they are
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