The Hunger Games and the Lottery Comparison Essay
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My two books for this comparison essay are “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. “The Lottery” is about the towns people drawing out slips of paper and seeing who gets the slip of paper with the black pencil dot; whereas The Hunger Games is about Katniss taking her sister's place when she she's called into the Hunger Games and trying to survive in the arena with Peeta in the Hunger Games. This book ends with Katniss and Peeta winning the Hunger Games and the two of them returning to District 12 with mixed feelings for each other, and an unforgettable experience. There are many similarities between these two books. Both stories have mind blowing experiences. Tessie throwing a fit about her husband…show more content…
As a sacrifice for a good harvest. So you can see they both have some similarities; one of them being, they are both barbaric when it comes to rituals. The settings of these two books are different, because The Hunger Games mainly takes place in the arena, and “The Lottery” takes place in a public town spot. In “The Lottery”, there's really no romance, but in The Hunger Games, Katniss and Peeta are shown to the world as a couple. I think is actually a good tactic when trying to get sponsors and surviving because Peeta does protect Katniss and I believe he really does have feelings for her, as she does for him. Katniss is confused about her feelings for Gale, I think that she probably does care for Gale, but personally I think she cares for Peeta more. Otherwise why would she have risked her life for for him? Like when each district got a pack, and she ended up giving Peeta the sleeping syrup so she could go get the pack so Peeta could survive. There were also many differences between these two books. At first Tessie didn't know she was the one that was going to be the one getting “stoned to death” literally; but when Katniss volunteered to take Prim's place in the Hunger Games, she knew that she was risking her life. Tessie wasn't prepared for the stoning, whereas Katniss was put into training and could defend herself is she were attacked. These two books are different because The Hunger Games is more of a young adult book, and “The
There are a couple of similarities between the stories that seem to be to be almost an homage to the earlier story "The Lottery." For one thing the names chosen by the authors are symbolic: in Jackson's short story there are characters whose last names are "Summers" and "Graves" and these names both speak to symbolism relevant to the story. "Summers" implies the repetition every season of the lottery, making it a yearly tradition akin to an agricultural festival. "Graves" is name that functions as a kind of foreshadowing because the lottery always results in one resident of the town being stoned to death by the others.
The symbolic nature of many of the names in The Hunger Games finds characters with names based upon the natural world, as well as names of Shakespeare characters and characters from mythology. The names tend to be suggestive rather than explicit in this way. Katniss's younger sister is named Primrose, which denotes her fragility and youth, emphasizing Katniss' desire to protect her. Their last name "Everdeen" suggests the concept of loyalty and steadfastness, "ever" meaning Katniss is constant and dependable. Some of the other Hunger Games participants have mythological names such as the twins Castor and Pollux, or from Shakespeare, such as President Coriolanus (from the play named after a Roman leader), or Cressida (from Troilus and Cressida). The use of names from these texts lends an air of myth and ancient history to the story, which has many disparate elements that give it a timeless quality that blends images reminiscent of the past and hinting at the future.
The other similarity between the two narratives lies in the central event referred to in the title of each; the lottery drawing and the Hunger Games are both spectacles and contests, designed to be games of chance. The element of fate figures strongly in the outcome, but both events are also designed and implemented by their respective governments, and the residents are forced to participate.