How to Write a Novel Comparison
Did you take Literature as an elective or major in College….?
If you are still reading this line means you did, and you are looking for help on literary comparison that any student of literature has to submit on a regular basis to his professor.
If literature is your passion then this task will come to you as delighting as the winter sun, but that does not make it any less easy. You will require strong analytical skills to create a paper that holds all the essential elements to well-crafted comparison between two literary works.
Choosing the books for Comparison
The very first step before writing any novel comparison is to choose two or more books. This will depend on either your own selection or what your professor assigned you. To give you an idea on how to take this paper further I will make an example paper for you based on comparing “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson and “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell.
Start with the Introduction
The purpose of this paper is to compare and contrast two pieces of literature including ‘The Lottery’ by Shirley Jackson and ‘The Most Dangerous Game’ by Richard Connell. The Lottery is one of the most exemplary works presented by Shirley Jackson. It was published in 1948.
In The Lottery, Jackson has explored incongruities in everyday life. It is a parable in which Jackson has intelligently addressed diverse themes including the dark side of human nature and potential for cruelty. It is an incongruous union of decency and evil.
The Most Dangerous Game was published in 1924. It is Richard Connell’s best known work, and the subject of this story has gained much attention because it is one of the most challenging subjects in the history of humanity i.e. murder. The theme of this story is hunting but the kind of hunt is different here since it is human hunt.
Write the Thesis Statement
“The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson and “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell are both ironic novels in terms of tone that create a dark and, macabre picture of the hypocrisy of humankind through their storyline.”
Present a Detailed Comparison
In The Lottery, Shirley Jackson has used irony and comedy to describe the hypocrisy of humankind. Shirley Jackson has used a friendly tone throughout the book. The story is told through shifts of tone, as it goes from peaceful to calm, tranquil to cautious and horrific. However, there is no shift in the narrative tone throughout the story.
On the other hand, Richard Connell in his literature The Most Dangerous Game has used a frightening, and shivering tone. The tone is very straight-forward and direct which has added adventure to the story. The Lottery by Shirley Jackson starts with a basic style. There are no overt emotions in the style of writing. Shirley Jackson in this novel has used diverse literacy elements including plot, theme and symbolism.
The writing style of the novel, ‘The Lottery’ has progressed from the diverse setting of the environment towards the characters, events description, and ultimately to the climax of the story. Shirley Jackson has used irony throughout the fiction. Richard Connell’s style in ‘The Most Dangerous Game’ is medieval. Readers develop a sense of horror while reading the literature.
Richard Connell is considered a chief of short narrative tales. The literature of Richard Connell utilizes diverse literary devices. He uses traditional literary devices which are well-associated with short stories. Richard Connell, in ‘The Most Dangerous Game’, has used powerful foreshadowing, historical allusion, and vivid imagery.
Richard Connell has written ‘The Most Dangerous Game’ from the point of view of a third person. The imagery used by Richard Connell throughout the plot has intensified the action and suspense of the novel.
‘The Lottery’ by Shirley Jackson is a symbol of the community. The rules and proceedings described in this fiction somehow correspond to the real life scenario in a village life. Shirley Jackson has intelligently used imagery in the literature by giving heavy symbolic names to different characters.
When describing the village life, Shirley Jackson has classified the village residents into households. It truly depicts a real life scenario where the head of the family is responsible for the household while the others members of the family abide by the rules formulated by the head.
The powerful symbols used by Richard Connell in the Most Dangerous Game include the jungle and the island. The jungle in the literature has served as a powerful symbol of tangled psyche. The Ship-Trap Island in this novel has symbolized an unchartered region where no laws of humanity exist.
The symbols used in The Lottery include the black box, the three legged stool, and stones. The black box has symbolized the connection of villagers to their tradition. The three legs of the stool have symbolized the three aspects of Christian Trinity including God the Father, God the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The stones are symbolized as the free participation of villagers in the rituals.
Now write the Conclusion
The two pieces of literature which have been examined here differ in terms of style, tone, irony, and imagery. However, the basic message is the same that human nature has the tendency to be dark and, macabre and, the hypocrisy in society can sometimes reach inhuman capacity.