Old Man Warner is responsible for Tessie’s death because he is an elder with a large influence on the town, but does not speak up. the idea of the lottery in his view is not a bad thing. While conversing with Mr. Adam, Old Man Warner called the people in the north “Pack of crazy fools” when Mr.Adam told him that the people in the north are considering to give up the lottery. In another event, Old man Warner tells the town “Seventy-seventh year I been in the lottery… Seventy-seventh time.”
He mention that, “There’s always been a lottery” (p.22, lines 262-263). Also, to pick the person who “wins” the the black box is as old as the village and Mr. Summers who's in charge of the lottery wants to make a new one but the town disagrees because, “no one liked to upset even as much tradition as was represented by the black box” (p.16, lines 75-78). These two quotes prove that they keep following the tradition to not disrupt the many years of the lottery that have been going one.
All three protagonists lived a relatively normal life until the main conflict of their story. Aylmer was just a loving husband who had given up his career in science to spend his time with his wife, Georgiana. Likewise, Mr.Wakefield was also just a devoted husband, yet unlike Aylmer, Wakefield was stuck in a dead-end job. And Bartleby was only a hardworking scrivener, who “...did an extraordinary quantity of writing.” (Melville 11)
He is never promoted from his job throughout the novel, yet the narrator calls Grand a hero. Dr. Rieux, the narrator, and Grand talk about a novel Grand is currently working on, and during this conversation, Rieux realizes how much of a hero Grand is. After talking about the great deal of effort Grand put into his work, Rieux calls Grand a hero, “...and if it is absolutely necessary that this narrative should include a ‘hero,’ the narrator commends to his readers, with, to his thinking, perfect justice, this insignificant and obscure hero who had to his credit only a little goodness of heart and a seemingly absurd ideal” (Camus 137). Rieux commends Grand as a hero due to his selfless acts throughout the novel. Grand, without hesitating, agrees to help with the sanitary squads, and when praised for helping, he responds that he did not need praising because people should help others during a time of need.
Sheriff Well’s also says that “I always thought I could at least some-way put things right and I guess I just dont feel that way no more”, this shows that Bell has reached the point in his career where he feels like he is not benefiting anyone and that no matter what he does the world is too corrupted to fix (298). The title of this book No Country for Old Men can be applied directly to Sheriff Bell because it correlates very well with his character. The words “old men” in the title represent Sheriff Bell because throughout the novel readers witness him aging in both mental and physical ways, and the word “country” represents where he lives. This title can be applied to Sheriff Bell because at the end of the book he feels as though he does not belong in his line of work anymore because of the existential fatigue he has faced, so there is no place for him where he lives anymore since he has decided to give up his job of being sheriff,
Within this source it has a list of sub headings that cover symbolic meaning of the lottery, the lottery box, stoning and considering the authors background. The sub heading about the author Shirley Jackson provides me with some very crucial information around the long standing traditions of what the whole story really meant and the back ground of the author when she wrote this short story. Ironically Shirley Jackson was a women during the 1948 period in America. Which began to part the puzzle for me on the ideologies used in the story that contrasted America at that present time. For e.g. whether it was segregation, the lack of free voting rights or any of the many other traditions which still exist primarily because they have always existed.
For example, after Tessi is shown with the black dot, Mr. Summers says “All right folks,... Let's finish quickly.” This shows that Mr.Summers’ mind is crumbling after being the one who is controlling the black box, did not hesitate when telling others to stone Tessi. The others were not hesitant to go and stone her if anything they gave a rock to her own son. The black box and the tradition of the lottery have caused crumbling minds.
Alice Johnson was born and raised in Boston, she was born on June 14th 1800. Her mother died at her birth she was raised by her two older sister and father who worked in the trading business, both of her sisters were school teachers. Alice was very well educated at home. She began writing poetry at the age of 13, reaching her early 20s, she used poetry to speak out against the inequality of Men and Women. Alice lived in a house in a suburban area, new railroads were being built just a mile away.
The children may try to take the revenge of their parents death and for which they might get arrested and lead them to the negative direction. Shirley Jackson’s short story “The lottery” portray that even though the younger generation of the village don’t know much about the origin of the lottery but they continue to celebrate the tradition without even bothering to question it which result in murder of someone for their belief. One might say that the tradition should continue because it is an important aspect of their culture which they have been following for last 77 years. As old man Warner states on page 247 that, “Seventy-seventh year I been in this lottery…….. Seventy-seventh time.
It is a normal, annual occurrence in the small town. It doesn’t stand out and is like all the other usual activities, “The lottery was conducted—as were the square dances, the teen club, the Halloween program—by Mr. Summers, who had time to devote to civic activities.” Mr. Summers is the head of the Lottery and is the symbol of power. Because of his role, he is like the town executioner. On the outside, he has a strong title, but personally with his wife he is not doing too well.
Written in 1948, ‘The Lottery’ by Shirley Jackson is a controversial short story heavily influenced by the events that occurred during that time in history. Jackson effectively captures the dark nature of the human spirit in her dystopian piece, ‘The Lottery’; there are significant parallels between the short story and the sociological, economic and political climate at the time due to the Holocaust and the red scare in the United States. During these difficult times in history, individuals were persecuted for their beliefs, and often it was people that they believed were close to them that allowed for these unspeakable acts to occur. The lengths that members of society are able to go to in order to protect their own interests is deplorable, and Jackson has illustrated this theme in a more apparent manner.
Award winning author, Shirley Jackson’s controversial short story, “The Lottery” is a fictional account of brutality underlying in traditions. For the reader, fiction can be fantasy; however, art can also be a reflection of life. Life is filled with events: some positive and some negative. At time writers use these events, personal and historical, as inspiration for their work, or a reader may connect similarities from a work of fiction to a historical event. World War II has ended and Jackson’s short story is released three years later.
Shirley Jackson is the author of this book “The Lottery”. Shirley Jackson was born December 14, 1916 in San Francisco, CA. Shirley’s death date was on August 8, 1965 in Northern Bennington.