For instance, the Adam’s family does not yet accept the lottery because they think it is no longer necessary for society to function well. While the slips of paper are being pulled, Mrs Adams says “Some places have already quit lotteries.” She did not randomly bring up this point, and was most likely thinking about why she is even doing it. The Adam’s attitude demonstrates that some people no longer want to practice the Lottery, probably because they realize how terrible it
The short story,¨The Lottery,¨ by shirley Jackson shows the theme of duality of human nature. One character who showed duality was Tessie because when the lottery first started she was going along with everything but when her family got called she changed her whole dynamic. She is now saying that the lottery is not fair since her husband was the one who pulled the paper with the dot on it, but if it was someone else she wouldn't be saying that. She was only speaking up about it not being fair because her life depended on it. Although she was a good example of duality, all of the woman showed duality of human nature.
Sam is determined on becoming rich and getting a “a gold mountain” but he lacks a good interaction technique. “Sam rarely smiled...He rarely spoke” (4) also his attitude towards customers are below average as he “glared at his customers from behind the glass.” (5). These examples shows that he values money over friendship, which might have been the reason they moved to Canada in the first place. Sam’s attitude toward the narrators family is really untraditional and cuturally incorrect. “But Sam Sing never entered our house.” (8), you should always help another person, especially if they are the ONLY other family in town sharing your ethnicity.
He does not see the negatives in people or his ideas. Despite the fact that Adam Trask neglects his children for most of their lives, he demonstrates his selfless and good-hearted characteristics by being naive, honorable and likable. Firstly, Adam shows that he is good and honorable in many ways. Despite being a great shooter, he never purposely kills anyone during his time in the army. Steinbeck show Adam’s opposition to violence by writing, “During these five years of soldiering Adam did more detail work than any man in the squadron, but if he killed any enemy it was an accident of ricochet” (Steinbeck 35).
Firstly, the symbolism in both “The Lottery” and “Harrison Bergeron,” illustrates how governing authorities avoid engaging in change in their society, the author’s use of the lottery box and the mask to symbolize this. To begin with, the symbolism in “The Lottery” represents how villagers fear changes in their society, and this is shown when they continuously go on with tradition of the lottery box. This tradition has been in the village, for generations and yet they still practice it. Old Man Warner, who is the oldest man in the village, is considered the governing authority and he likes keeping things the same, so he does not alter the ritual. When Old Man Warner hears about the North village talking about giving up the lottery all he could say was that
Although Jackson’s The Lottery and Vonnegut’s Harrison Bergeron are based in two different time periods and settings, both convey similar criticisms that apply to our own lives. These criticisms include extreme conformity, lack of historical knowledge, and obedience to authority, all of which could ultimately lead to our demise. Lottery - a process or thing whose success or outcome is governed by chance. In The Lottery, the lottery is setup so that everyone has a fair and equal chance of becoming the victim, not even the children are safe. Tessie, a popular housewife of the town, ran a little late to the gathering and cracked a joke
Lawrence, is a short story about a boy named Paul. This young boy lived with his unhappy mother, along with the other family members. The mother had grown to be unhappy because she had married for love instead of money and in her eyes, she was now unlucky as a result of that decision because they didn’t have much money. However, they lived a lifestyle that would appear to others that they were wealthy, but truly they were not. The young boy, Paul, had asked his mother about luck and if she was lucky herself.
Jackson also adds the fact the girls are not participating in the boys’ activity, which could draw lines between men and women in the village. Additionally, the black box Old Man Warner brings to the square holds more than the “original paraphernalia for the lottery”, which was lost long ago (Jackson, 1948). The box shows importance and unknown powers that gives the reader a hint that its use draws the supposedly winning lottery. Then there was Mrs. Tessie Hutchinson, a woman who was late to the sacred meeting, which set her apart from the other families gathered at the square on time. The fact she was late isolated the character and possibly foreshadowed her secluded fate (Marshall, 2014).
Lord Capulet tells Juliet that she is “A spoiled little girl” and he tells her “You disgust me you little bug” and then he calls her a “worthless girl! You pale face!”. Lady Capulet obviously doesn’t spend much time with Juliet because Nurse is always taking care of her and Lord and Lady Montague are obviously not very caring about their son if they let him sneak around late at night.If Lord Capulet had spent more time with Juliet, he might come to realize she is not very worthless or stupid as he thinks. Lord and Lady Montague don’t spend time with their son if they let him sneak through ladies’ windows. They would watch him so he couldn’t sneak out of the house at sundown.Therefore, the Lords and Ladies Capulet and Montague don’t understand love if they don’t love their own children.
In the short story, “The Lottery”, by Shirley Jackson shows the theme of The Duality of Human Nature. The character Tesse Hutchinson did not agree with “The Lottery” she thought it wasn’t fair. In the story Tesse Hutchinson husband got picked to be killed and that was when she said it wasn’t fair. This proves it because, when she thought it wasn’t fair, it was husband got picked. However some other people feel different about “The Lottery”.
For instance, Lakshmi is told that “the Americans will trick [her] into running away…[then] shame [her] and make [her] walk naked through the streets” (McCormick 142). This lie causes Lakshmi to believe for a while that she cannot trust the Americans. Her ignorance almost causes her not to be saved by them. In addition, Lakshmi is also lied to by Mumtaz because Mumtaz states that “[Lakshmi] will have to work at [Happiness House]…, until [her] debt is paid off” (McCormick 106). Mumtaz saying this puts false hope into Lakshmi because she thinks there is a debt to pay when really there is not.
“The Lottery,” a short story by Shirley Jackson, is about a woman who has been selected for sacrifice by a lottery drawing. Tessie Hutchinson, and the rest of her town, are unfeeling about how the annual sacrifice affects the selected. However, they carry on with their tradition year after year, with no intent to make changes to meet modern day morals and needs. “The Lottery” is about blindly following tradition, the awareness of how cruel a practice sacrificing is, and how one’s mindset can change when they are the chosen one. (1) When one blindly follows tradition, they become unmindful.