Similarities Between The Veldt And The Lottery

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Many stories have shocking twists that expose the evil that sometimes resides within people's souls. The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allen Poe, The Veldt by Ray Bradbury, and
The Lottery by Shirley Jackson are such examples. In The Cask of Amontillado Montresor takes
Fortunato down to a wine cellar, chains him up, and leaves him to die, in The Veldt we see kids turn against their parents, and in The Lottery we see a town murder a person because of tradition, which show us how evil humans can be. Although all cases of murder are different, there are many similarities such as killing an authority figure, not spiteful intentions, and leaving the room. All of these stories are obviously exaggerated examples, but the message is true. Most
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Whether is is a bombing, a shooting, or a man driving his car into someone, people commit evil acts everyday. Dark stories are commonly found in Edgar
Allen Poe stories, and The Cask of Amontillado is no exception. When Fortunato starts to freak out that he might die he screams. Montresor knows that no one can hear Fortunato’s screams, and shows in this by “surpass[ing] them in volume and strength” (Poe 6). When Fortunato hears
Montresor’s screams he knows that there is no chance that he will be heard. Montresor then left his authority, Fortunato, to suffer and die in a cellar full of nitre. Similarities can be drawn between the children in The Veldt. Every morning the Hadleys woke up to the sound of screams that sound familiar, and when they are locked in the nursery, surrounded by lions, they “realize why those other screams had sounded so familiar” (Bradbury 10). This shows that the children have been plotting the death of their parents for a long time.
Killing may not always have spiteful intentions. In The Lottery, an entire town
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Nobody really takes it seriously until the drawing starts. At the beginning Tessie Hutchinson was joking around about being late for the lottery and having work to do in her kitchen, but when she gets chosen, she protests and screams that, “it's not fair” (Jackson 28). It is unimaginable having to kill someone you have known for a long time and spent a lot of time with.
This may sound like a conspiracy theory, but noticeable to the reader, in both The Veldt and The Cask of Amontillado, the murderers leave the room and detach themselves from the act.
As Fortunato is being chained up by Montresor, he says, “a very good joke, indeed -- an excellent jest” (Poe 6). He says this clearly trying to get Montresor to let him free and to play it off like a joke. He is pretty much telling Montresor that if he lets him go, he will not be mad and he will consider it as a joke. This is after Montresor leaves him to die in the cellar. The Hadley children also do something similar when they lock their parents in the nursery. When the parents try to open the door, they can't because Peter and Wendy “locked [the door] from the
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