Representation of Brutality in Literature

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Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery", a classic short story which surprisingly brought about highly negative reader-response, and Norman Cousins' "Who killed Benny Paret", which deals with the dangers that go together with boxing, offer an important topic for comparison and contrast…

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Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery", similarly, deals with another important aspect of the techniques of arrangement, style, and delivery, i.e. process of the event called the lottery in a small village. Through the use of irony and comedy, Jackson suggests an underlying evil, hypocrisy, and weakness of human kind. "Shirley Jackson's short story, "The Lottery", aroused much controversy and criticism in 1948, following its debut publication, in the New Yorker. Jackson uses irony and comedy to suggest an underlying evil, hypocrisy, and weakness of human kind. The story takes place in a small village, where the people are close and tradition is paramount. A yearly event, called the lottery, is one in which one person in the town is randomly chosen, by a drawing, to be violently stoned by friends and family." (Voth) Therefore, Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" and Norman Cousins' "Who killed Benny Paret" deal with the brutal and malicious aspects of human sports which result in the murder of human beings, and both the works provide details about the important aspects of the techniques of arrangement, style, and delivery in writing. ...
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