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.” The main idea of the entire quote of old man Warner is to know that he has been in the process a long time, and the blame has fallen on him because he has not once in his seventy-seven time in the lottery spoke out about the process being inhumanly cruel, or evil. Old man Warner is an elder, and the elder of a town are mostly respected for their wisdom.
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.
Everybody has to come from somewhere. 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) However, it’s not really who they were in the beginning of the story that matters, it’s who they became to be.
Joseph Grand is a municipal clerk in the town of Oran when the plague hits. 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.
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, hence the title No Country for Old
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.
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. To them, it is just a yearly activity that they are hesitant to question despite the fact that it puts everyone’s life on the
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.” This shows that, in order to keep the tradition going, the villagers have sacrificed 77 people. In the story it also states on page 246 that, “Used to be saying about ‘Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon.” This portrays that the lottery is not only the tradition to the community but also a belief.
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. Society is very accustomed to the Lottery.