Mothers Handling Crisis in “the Lottery “ and “the Rocking-Horse Winner”
Mothers Handling Crisis in “the Lottery “ and “the Rocking-Horse Winner”Thesis
Hester and Tessie, two mothers challenges and how they face them. Hester is from Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” and Tessie is from D. H. Lawrence’s “The Rocking-Horse Winner.”
1. Becoming a better mother thru a crisis
Hester shows that she can be a good mother
Tessie cares more about herself
2. First impressions are misleading.
Hester seems cold and uncaring
Tessie is warm and light hearted
3. Motherly instincts
Hester grows here
Tessie none are apparent in the end
4. Summary: As a mother Hester handles crisis better.
Mothers Handling Crisis in
“The Lottery “ and “The Rocking-Horse Winner”
In Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery and D.H. Lawrence’s “The Rocking-Horse Winner” readers meet two mothers who handle crisis very differently. Both Tessie (The Lottery) and Hester (the Rocking-Horse Winner) are part of your typical American family. Each is married. Hester has three children and Tessie has four children. As each woman deals with a crisis that ends in death, it becomes apparent that Hester is the better mother.
Both Jackson and Lawrence show how easy it is to misjudge someone. Hester is introduced as “She had bonny children, yet she felt they had been thrust upon her, and she could not love them. They looked at her coldly, as if they were finding fault with her (Kennedy & Gioia 2010, 365)”. This is not how she portrayed herself. Everyone around her and her children thought she was a wonderful mother. “Only she herself, and her children themselves, knew it was not so. They read it in each other’s eyes (Kennedy & Gioia 2010, 365)”. This gives the reader the impression that Hester cold hearted and calculating. She is not a very good mother. Tessie is a much more likable, light hearted, caring mother. She gets to the lottery prior to the drawing but after the official has started speaking. She slides in at the back of the crowd and tells Mrs. Delacroix,...