In-Depth Comparison Of “the Lottery” By Shirley Jackson And “the Most Dangerous Game”

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In-depth comparison of “The lottery” by Shirley Jackson and “The most Dangerous Game”

Richard Connell.



Includes the introduction to bother the stories, starting with the thesis statement followed by the main idea of the comparison of the stories


Tells the plot of the story


Highlights the tone in which the writer tells the story.


It is the way the story unfolds to the audience


This section relates to the main shame or irony in the story.


This relates to the symbol which the story refers to.


Both stories are completely different, with almost no similarities, in the tone, flow, writing style, plot or the writer. The stories being compared here are both unique in every way, with little if not any similarities. The comparison between the two stories, “The lottery” and “The most dangerous game” is very difficult due to their uniqueness, as both the books have almost nothing in common, with very distinct writing styles by very different writers.

Every character is described in detail in the short story, “The Lottery”, by Shirley Jackson. The town people were arrogant and stupid to have a statement “Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon.” The people there believed the lottery leads to a generous produce even though the lottery has nothing to do with the outcome in the field. This fallacy held by the townsfolk is what makes this piece so gloomy. Based on their superstition, the town people become a pack of wolf. Against common sense, they participate in the dreadful lottery like sheep, followed by the horrid outcome.

On the other hand, the story “The most Dangerous Game” is a short story written by Richard Connell on 19th January, 1924. Widely known as the writer's best-known work, "The Most Dangerous Game" features as its main character as big-game hunter from New York. The hunter has to swim to an apparently deserted island after falling odd a yacht in the Caribbean. Here, he tries to escape while being hunted by a Cossack noble.


"The Lottery" refers to an annual summer drawing held in a tiny nameless American town. People and kids alike gather stones as people get together and wait for the ceremony to begin, while discussing everyday matters of work and family. They behave in a way that clearly represents their ordinary lives. Even though, everyone apparently agrees at the importance of the annual lottery, no one knew when it started or what its original purpose was. As Mr. Summers, one of the villagers reads off the names from a list, people from the households come out to pick a slip from an old box (Shirley Jackson 1948, Pp. 12 - 300).

Individual members of Bill`s family takes out the slip from the box of which Tessie is the one who selects the marked paper, protesting strongly of the unfairness of the drawing. A town refused to hear her protest or pleas, and she gets pelt with the stones the villagers were gathering in the start, as the story comes to an end.

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