Rocking-Horse Winner” is better solved, however, because Paul exerts himself to the point of exhaustion and dies. Without Paul in the picture gathering money for his mother, the only conflict that remains is that the family is still short on money to spend on their desires over their necessities. The conflict for Paul himself was resolved the moment he died.Both stories have elements in them that garner an amount of sympathy from the reader. To answer from a personal perspective, Paul from “The Rocking-Horse Winner” gains the most sympathy. It is relatable that one can do so much for a person and not have it be enough. Paul’s situation is usually regarded as a sad one, and most would agree that continuing to do something only for it to be in vain is sad and is deserving of sympathy. “The Lottery”, on the other hand, is rather impersonal until the end, when Tessa is using her final moments to call out her killers. Thetownspeople knew the risks when they were participating in the drawing, for one. The townspeople also participate in this ritual lottery without knowing or caring to understand the origins and the reasoning for even doing it, and then determining whether or not they should put a stop to it for the murder of countless people.In conclusion, both “The Lottery” and “The Rocking-Horse Winner” share differences regarding conflict, plot, and structure. With these difference, both stories also share similarities, including the conflicts being at least partially resolved by the end of the stories with the death of a character. This essay proves that even the most different of stories share similarities.