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"A Rose for Miss Emily" and "The Lottery"

1) I am trying to analyze these two short stories focusing on their contrasting main themes as follows and need some help finding concrete examples:

1) good vs. evil
2) age vs. youth
3) light vs. dark
4) life vs. death

2) I am looking to see how the author presents these themes and what the author's message seems to be related to each of the above contrasting themes.

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First off, you might react how good versus evil and life versus death themes strongly permeate both stories. Since Miss Emily is described as "a fallen monument" in the story, she is aligned with evil as well as death. She is also deemed as a bit of a "hereditary obligation" by the citizens of the town and is further treated with malice and scorn by as "Then some of the ladies began to say that it was a disgrace to the town and a bad example to the young people. The men did not want to interfere, but at last the ladies forced the Baptist minister-Miss Emily's people were Episcopal- to call upon her. He would never divulge what happened during that interview, but he refused to go back again." She is almost dead metaphorically to them because of her social isolation, I feel.

Similarly, I also think that this story also exposes how human isolation can inflict evil and death results as in Emily's case. When you piece together the tragic plot of this story, you can obviously see that good becomes evil theme as Homer visits town.

Life and death also intersect as Emily buys the poison, and the neighbors detect the nasty, mysterious stench coming from Miss Emily's house. When you add up Homer's disappearance, Emily's dead father still governing her to a large degree as she lives in the past, and other evil implications, you can further show how one ...

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"A Rose for Miss Emily" and "The Lottery" are briefly compared thematically.