September 14, 2014
What is Wrong With These People?
"The Cask of Amontillado," by Edgar Allan Poe and "The Lottery," by Shirley Jackson both have many similarities that individually support themes in their stories. The setting of the stories supports and enhances the outcomes in the end. There individual characters help the reader to understand particular themes in the story. There are items or details of a specific scene that are symbolic of the outcome of the tale. These symbols also contain an element of irony that supports the story. These stories use these different parts to build a successful and suspenseful tale.
The setting of both "The Cask of Amontillado" and "The Lottery" support their individual themes. The setting in "The Lottery" is in an older, small town of approximately three hundred residents. They have a deep-rooted tradition called the lottery.
There are many specific events on July 27 that the townspeople repeat every year. Every member of the town gathers in the town square where they draw slips of paper from a black box and one family is selected by a slip of paper with a black dot. Each member of the family of the first round winner redraws and the winner of the second round is stoned. The townspeople are so deep rooted in their traditions; they turn against one of their own and stone them for no reason other than the tradition of doing so. There is only one who potentially opposes the tradition but hurls his own rock when the victor is crowned.
In the very same way, the setting enhances themes in "The Cask of Amontillado." The ironic undertone of the story is set first in a carnival the takes...