As ‘The Lottery’ is a short story, the author doesn’t expound each and every detail. There is a ‘vacuum’ in the story, but it is a desirable vacuum. It leaves a room for diverse imaginations, accommodating an active participation of its readers. For example, the author doesn’t give much information about the lottery or characters. All we know about the lottery is that it is an old tradition that involves
I chose “Dark Day” for Iago because as the song says Iago is a dark character and brings destruction everywhere. For Othello, I chose “The Dragon Boy” because it’s a very tense and fast song and that kind of description reminds me of Othello. For Desdemona, I chose “Palette” because it’s a very soft song and the perfect type for
Mr. Graves’ name on the other hand refers to death and more precisely the fate of the winner of the lottery. While Mr. Summers speaks frequently of change, whether it be trading the old shabby box for a new one or replacing the wood chips with slips of paper, he seems to never be appreciated of. On the other side “ Mr. Graves made up the slips of paper and put them in the box, and it was then taken to the safe of Mr. Summers.” , the symbolism behind Mr. Graves writing all those paper sheets describes how death sets up traps for the innocent to fall into, and eventually they will be in the arms of death itself. “The Lottery“ is a short story written by Shirley Jackson, which talks about a village whose members have been taking part in a twisted ritual called “The Lottery” and it has been going on for decades. It takes place in a small village in the middle of nowhere and seems to be just like any normal village around the world.
In “The Lottery”, Shirley Jackson shows the theme of the violence within a small village through symbolism to show that even the most ordinary people can commit violence, which can eventually lead to killing innocent individuals. The imagery of the black box in “The Lottery” provides readers a descriptive explanation of one of the most important objects in the story; making it clear to see that the Black box is an asset to the tradition. As the author is describing the black box , it is clear to see that it is old and worn out. One out of the numerous descriptions that were provided about the black box was that it was “splintered badly along one side to show the original wood color, and in some places faded or stained.” This simply states that the black box has been around for many generations since the beginning of the lottery. It also shows how the original tradition has over the years; lost its original meaning, and the participants still do not question the idea of stoning individuals in their community.
The protagonist of “The Tell-Tale Heart” and a ghoul are very similar as both share an unhealthy interest in death and disaster. Although the old man had never insulted or wronged the protagonist, the protagonist of the story still kills the old man just because he had pale blue eyes that made the protagonists blood run cold. Like a ghoul, the protagonist of “The Tell-Tale Heart” and the ghoul can almost sense disaster as the protagonist of “The Tell-Tale Heart” claims that he can hear all things from both heaven and hell. The protagonist also claims to sense the beating of a heart. They both do anything they can to kill.
A Deeper Taste of Amontillado Edgar Allan Poe tells a story of committing the perfect murder out of revenge in his short story “The Cask of Amontillado.” Poe captures his audience by using the elements of setting, dialogue and characterization in the horrific tale. Often times, the dispute with setting refers to whether the story is set in France or Italy (Reynolds 183). This is not as important, however, as the setting of Montresor’s home. It is completely empty with only Montresor and Fortunado, no attendants. “I had told them I should not return until the morning, and had given them explicit orders not to stir from the house.
The Logical side of the brain is constantly pulling apart the arguments of the people around you looking for flaws or gaps. This was perhaps the least developed rhetorical device in “Duty, Honor, Country” not until almost the final paragraph does MacArthur begin listing facts. Mentioning the financials needed in war in only two clear instances. Moreover, the only other cold hard fact mentioned is the death tolls which seemed to be more directed at the reader's emotions than at their logical
(Jackson 114) in which stoning is ancient and one that costs a great deal of punishment. Not only getting stoned is a terrible way to imagine death, it is indeed and always will be known as a crowd-generated death. During the time when the lottery is drawn and the winner is selected to be stoned, the stones are permitted for everyone in the village to contribute freely in the ritual. These stones that get used signifies as murder weapons. Stoning is one of the oldest and most mutual forms of killing, the method of eliminating a citizen at the end of the story was certainly not a random choice
Though essential to them, the townsfolk are unaware and begin to question why they continue to participate in such the barbaric ritual of selecting a villager at random, and stoning them to death. Peer pressure and conformity are the reasons that the clear majority of these villagers are participating. One of the frightening elements of this tradition, is that it seems eternal. The townsfolk are unaware of the origin of “The Lottery”, and by the sounds of Old Man Warner practically forcing the townsfolk to allow the ritual to continue, there seems to be no end in sight. The lack of knowledge about the tradition, shows just how strong the tradition has become.