Literature and Writing for Professionals Discussion 4


  • “The Lottery,” by Shirley Jackson
  • “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,”  by Ambrose Bierce
  • “The Things They Carried,” by Tim O’brien

After completing the readings, answer the following questions in one well-organized paragraph for each. Use specific evidence in the form of direct quotes or examples from each story to support your points (cite your material from the text).

1) How does the behavior of the townspeople in “The Lottery” reflect modern-day experiences with violence and crowd-thinking? 2) What details from “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” foreshadow the ending? 3) Pick any character from “The Things They Carried” and explain what the unique items that he carries tell us about him as a soldier and a person.

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