What is a good thesis statement for the comparison and contrast of The Lottery and the Cask of Amontillado?
for my main points i am using the similarities between the murders such as how they are both very formal murders and how they are different. I also explain the foreshadowing in each story from the reader and victims point of view. finnally i talk about the tone each author uses.
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“The Cask of Amontillado,” by Edgar Allen Poe and “The Lottery,” by Shirley Jackson, are both works where individuals or groups are unable to let go of the past. The narrator in “The Cask of Amontillado,” has been offended in some way by Fortunato. Plotting the revenge has consumed the narrator, and it has quite probably driven him crazy. The town’s people in “The Lottery,” have been unable to let go of traditions of the past even though more enlightened towns are. This adherence to tradition results in behavior that to the reader also seems insane. So perhaps a good thesis would be something like, “The inability to let go of the past is detrimental to man and or society.”
Both stories depend heavily on irony for their suspense and entertainment value. In "The Lottery," the irony lies in the information that the reader does not know. We think of winning the lottery as something beneficial, and even though clues are provided throughout the story as to the ending, it comes as a major surprise that Mrs. Hutchinson is the victim of stoning. For Poe's story, the irony is more dramatic. We know the narrator's plans, but Fortunato does not, so we read on waiting for Fortunato to discover his fatal predicament. So perhaps your thesis might involve the different uses of irony to create suspense. This type of thesis could involve a discussion of the murders, the knowledge of the victims, the foreshadowing, the motivation for the killings, and the overall effect that the irony has on the reading audience.
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