Fiction Essay

1018 words 5 pages
Engl 102

Fiction Essay Thesis and Outline

Thesis: In both “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson and “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell, the authors write to emphasize the sanctity of life through the conflicts endured by their main characters both implicitly and explicitly.

I. Introduction
A. Thesis Statement
B. “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson brief description
C. “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell brief description

II. Characterization
A. “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson
1. Mr. Summers – Presider of Lottery
2. Mrs. Hutchinson – Winner of Lottery

B. “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell
1. General Zaroff – Presider of the Game
2. Rainsford – Quarry in the Game

III. Theme/Author’s
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No detail is left unnoticed by the reader as the butler Ivan opens the door and Rainsford is met at gunpoint. At first Rainsford is impressed and flattered by the General who recognizes the expert hunter. Soon, however, the finery of Zaroff’s compound is negated by the savagery of the Game he describes and nonchalantly intends for Rainsford to approve of and participate. Conversely, the warm springtime setting of “The Lottery” is misleading. In modern society a lottery is a much sought after prize. People choose to play and pray to be selected for vast sums of money. However, in this story there is an undercurrent of caution and masked fear in the crowd as they take their turn to draw slips of paper. “The Most Dangerous Game” is much more of a thrill ride for the reader as we hide with Rainsford in the tree as he is purposefully hunted in the Game. We cheer for him as he eludes General Zaroff and changes his mind about hunting as a sport. Ironically, Rainsford can now empathize with his quarry after becoming the hunted himself. The same cannot be said of “The Lottery.” Mrs. Hutchinson’s change in demeanor is heart breaking. With her outbursts and contention that the Lottery had been run unfairly, the reader realizes that her life is soon coming to an end. The irony of her situation is that she claims to have forgotten all about the Lottery earlier that


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