Discuss the theme of choice and consequences as it is represented in “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson and “Hills Like White Elephants” by Ernest Hemingway

Comparative Essay (15%)

          In a well-written essay of approximately 1,000 to 1,500 words, answer one of the questions below. Do not simply give a plot summary or retell the stories; demonstrate that you understand the question and its relevance to the stories. This is a comparative essay, so be sure include two stories in your answer. Remember the importance of an outline in crafting a good essay.

EITHER

  1. Dan Pierce, author of Single Dad Laughing, has written: “Children are gifts. They are not ours for the breaking. They are ours for the making.” Using this quotation as a starting point, compare the way that children are depicted in “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson and in “The Rocking Horse Winner” by D. H. Lawrence.

OR

  • Discuss the theme of choice and consequences as it is represented in “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson and “Hills Like White Elephants” by Ernest Hemingway.

OR

  • In both “Hills Like White Elephants” by Ernest Hemingway and “The Rocking Horse Winner” by D. H. Lawrence references to animals or animal figures have significant roles. Comment upon white elephants and the rocking horse as symbols in their respective stories.
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