Symbolism Use In: "Young Goodman Brown" And "The Lottery"

The authors, Shirley Jackson and Nathaniel Hawthorne, both frequently use
symbols within their stories "The Lottery" and "Young Goodman Brown." Symbols
are utilized as an enhancement tool to stress the theme of each story. Hawthorne
uses names and objects to enhance the theme, and Jackson mainly utilizes names
to stress the theme, although she does have one object as a symbol of great
importance to the theme. The stories both contain symbols describing evil. The
majority of Hawthorne's symbols describe religion (both good and evil), but
Jackson's symbols reflect the evil nature within society as a whole. There
exists symbolic acts in each story. The short stories both share the use ...

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not give any explanation to the name, as it speaks for itself
(a symbol of death). Various other names are used as symbols within each story,
however, these mentioned are the most significant names to the theme. The
stories each contain names, objects, and acts as important symbols.

Hawthorne uses the names to stress good people, but relies heavily on
objects to portray Satanism. The object of obvious Satanism is the staff (a
cane) mentioned throughout the story. It is clearly identified when the old
traveler throws it down in the sentence "it assumed life, being one of the rods
which its owner had formerly lent to the Egyptian Magi" (215). According to
the Bible. sorcerers with magic powers change their rods into serpents. Jackson
uses the black box throughout her story as a symbol of tradition not to be
changed as stated "Every year, after the lottery, Mr. Summers began talking
about a new box, but every year the subject was allowed to fade off without
anything's ...

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