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Comparison and contrast of “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson and “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathanial Hawthorne

The present paper compares and contrasts “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson and “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathanial Hawthorne. The essay will incorporate different approaches including characterization, themes, style of narration, and metaphors among other in the comparison and contrast. The underlining factor however is that Jackson offers an encouragement to her readers to deeply question their actions, beliefs, and the world they live in though the creation of an inner personal struggle with barbaric actions that are acceptable to the Townspeople in “The Lottery” while Hawthorne makes a difficult approach by delving more into the inner struggle of the character he represents in "Young Goodman Brown."

In “The Lottery”, the narrator Shirley Jackson utilizes the third person narrative technique in the description of how events which are acceptable can result to barbaric unexpected consequences when people cannot stop amid their actions to consider the repercussions that they might have (Jackson, 2005). On the other hand, Nathanial Hawthorne also uses the third person narration in the story "Young Goodman Brown," but this is done to accomplish a different mission. The major difference between the approaches taken by the authors in these two stories is that while the attempt by Jackson seeks to produce a reader’s reaction from within them, Hawthorne targets to offer an explanation to inner conflict by directly indulging to the thoughts of the character. Both stories are gateways for both writers to encourage their audience to question their actions, beliefs, as well as the world that they live in, although their ways of achieving this is distinctive.

Both Jackson and Hawthorne also consistently and frequently utilize the symbolism technique in narration. Symbols are tools that these two authors use so as to enhance the themes in the stories. Hawthorne mainly uses objects and names as symbols that enhance the themes in “Young Goodman Brown”. Although, Jackson uses names, he is mainly focusing on stressing the theme in the story, although there is still one object that she uses as symbol that underscores her thematic interface. The symbols in both of the stories are however both a depiction of evil, whereby majority of the symbols used by Hawthorne are description of religion – both evil and good, but the symbols utilized by Jackson are a reflection of the evil nature by which the society exists in entirety. There are as well symbolic acts that can be pinpointed in each of the stories as well. Hawthorne uses names like Faith and Young Goodman Brown is portrayal of descent and nice people, whereby Faith is used in symbolizing Christian and faithful person - "And Faith, as the wife was aptly named," (Hawthorne 211). On the other hand, Mr. Graves is used in “The Lottery” as a symbol for evil even death.

The effect perpetrated by both authors is quite different as well with Hawthorne essentially telling the audience that there is a distinction between what is moral and what is not moral while Jackson creates a particular event and proceeds to involve the reader actively to individually question their personal sense of morality or immorality.

Fear is described differently in both of these stories, and serves to highlight the different approaches that the authors use in questioning morality. The moral questions on “Young Goodman Brown” are presented to the reader during the conversations that the character holds with the other companions (Hawthorne, 2005). Sometimes the character feels sad and heartened that some people in the community has gone ahead and performed some rites, while other times he questions whether really this could be the case. However, the approach taken by Jackson in questioning fear and morality is different for Townspeople. She successfully creates an atmosphere of tension through the story whose culmination is when Tessie screams that "it isn't fair, it isn't right, (Jackson 55) " but as the author, Jackson never comes forward regarding her solid endorsement of what she feels about the comments made by Tessie. The reader is left with the open ended opinion that even though the barbaric actions that Tessie exclaims about might not be fair to her, they might be fair to other people. This questioning of morality that the authors engage the readers in can be equated to the morality of the present day individual in questioning socioeconomic class morality. In conclusion, while Jackson offers an encouragement to her readers to deeply question their actions, beliefs, and the world they live in though the creation of an inner personal struggle with barbaric actions that are acceptable to the Townspeople in “The Lottery” while Hawthorne makes a difficult approach by delving more into the inner struggle of the character he represents in "Young Goodman Brown." “The Lottery” therefore offers an inner struggle with the audience through an ending which is shocking and which questions the issue of fairness in a greater dimension, while on the other hand “Young Goodman Brown”, offers a more direct and involved line of thinking regarding morality through the description of the inner struggle that the main character goes through.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

References

Hawthorne, Nathaniel.  "Young Goodman Brown" Literature:  An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama.  Ed. X. J.  Kennedy and Dana    Gioia.  6th ed.  New York:  Harper Collins, 1995.  211-220 

Jackson, Shirley.  "The Lottery" Literature:  An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama.  Ed. X. J. Kennedy and Dana      Gioia. 6th ed.  New York:  Harper Collins, 1995.  248-254

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