Comparing The Lottery And The Most Dangerous Game

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In the work of fine literature, authors often used literary elements to show the reader multiple scenarios depicting reasons for society's mistakes throughout history. In the stories, “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson and “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell, tone and foreshadowing were acclimated to demonstrate how society justified savagery through tradition and habit. Both authors presented events such as the lottery in which an individual was arbitrarily killed and a character who found pleasure in killing humans for sport, to show how human cruelty is normalized based on the popular view.
In novels, foreshadowing is an implement utilized by authors to depict future events throughout his or her story. In the “The Lottery,” the
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In the story “The Lottery” the author stated the following: “The children had stones already. And someone gave little Davy Hutchinson few pebbles. Tessie Hutchinson was in the center of a cleared space by now, and she held her hands out desperately as the villagers moved in on her” (Jackson 7). The author used this quote to give a forlorn tone, due to the quote stating that the villagers who barbarically killed a mother handed her son a stone with the intentions of his participation in committing this heinous act. Moreover, in “The Most Dangerous Game” the author stated that “Following the trail with the sureness of a bloodhound came General Zaroff. Nothing escaped those searching black eyes, no crushed blade of grass, no bent twig, no mark, no matter how faint, in the moss” (Connell 13). General Zaroff’s life was dedicated to violence, so he hunted humans for thrill and amusement. The author used a forlorn tone to capture the essence of what the hunt felt like on both parties--- the hunter and the