There was a story that the present box had been made with pieces of the original box that had preceded it.”(Jackson 1).Jackson uses symbolism to show that the black box symbolises death.It also shows they don't want to make a new box because the box had been this way since the lottery had started many years
Also, Old Man Warner believes that the lottery box will help their village by saving them food, water and other essential needs. They should acknowledge how they are living in the past by conducting this tradition, they need to move forward and change. This demonstrates that the villagers do not want change their society due to the fear of what will happen after the lottery box is gone. In contrast, in “Harrison Bergeron” the symbolism is the mask, which has a different interpretation that relates to how the authorities control their people in fear of changing there “perfect society”. This can be seen through the ballerinas while they are performing their dance on T.V.
Outdated and Modernized In Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”, the author combines outdated rituals with modern society that question moral grounds. Jackson’s intention was to inform readers about a society of people and how their culture and beliefs effected their decisions in life. In this short story we discover many uses of foreshadowing and irony, to explain and understand the villages’ traditions. We will uncover the many uses of irony and why Jackson intentionally deceives her readers of “The Lottery”. The setting in “The Lottery” is placed in a small town of about three hundred citizens in Virginia.
Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" is basically trying to comprehend the readers what the symbols in the short story could mean. In "The Lottery" there are an amount of symbols that are included in the short story, such as, the black box, the stoning, the people who live in the village, and even the date of the lottery. A symbol is represented through the use of objects. Furthermost noticeable of these objects would be the black box mentioned in the short story. “The postmaster, Mr. Graves, followed him, carrying a three-legged stool, and the stool was put in the center of the square and Mr. Summers set the black box down on it."
The box was very old because it was a tradition to do the lottery once a year. They always talked about getting a new box for the lottery, but they never actually got a new box so they keep using the old one every year. Like said in the story, “The black box grew shabbier each year: by now it was no longer completely black, but splintered badly along the side to show the original wood color, and in some places faded or stained.” (Jackson) Meaning that the box was very old and fragile. Also in the story, the author stated, “some places on the box were stained and faded.” (Jackson) So, if the box is really old and fragile and the box was stained and faded, that means that they have done the lottery for a long time already. They had the tradition since Old Man Warner was born and he was one of the oldest people living in that village, so that tells you that this tradition has been going on for generations.
However, the villagers refuse to replace it, another symbol of their harmful stagnancy. Jackson also portrays the village as having outgrown the tradition through a metaphor regarding the slips of paper. Wood chips were used before, but as the town expanded, only large quantities of paper would fit inside the black box. The town has grown out of the tradition, but instead of discarding it, they still stubbornly uphold the yearly lottery. The baffling part that Jackson is really trying to point out is the realization that real people in society actually could injure themselves into to these senseless conventions.
The Lottery's use of Symbolism The short story, Lottery written by Shirley Jackson delineates a tradition which involves the whole city to be present, where one person chooses a name out of the black box and the whole town throws stones at that one person, this occurs every June 27. Through her story she was able to use “The Black Box” and “The Lottery” as a way of symbolism throughout the story. The Black Box is very important because the towns peoples feel as if they must follow through with the tradition of using it every year even though the box gets in a worsening position year after year. “Every year, after the lottery, Mr. Summers began talking again about a new box, but every year the subject was allowed to fade off without anything's being done.” every year the traditions, or they’ll go back to the stone age. The black box has a very powerful meaning .
The reader is not told of any scientific or just reasoning as to how this tradition will improve the society’s economy and thus, the reader would consider whether or not this is just a tradition, which is uplifted by mob psychology, in a progressive society. "Although the villagers had forgotten the ritual and lost the original black box, they still remembered to use stones." This is a quote which gives the reader an assumption as to how the villagers pick and choose the aspects of the lottery which they do every year. that they do. This proves that the citizens are doing the tradition for traditions sake and not for the right reasons.
Mary Rowlandson was kidnapped from her village and held captive by Native Americans. While in captivity, she portrayed a negative picture of the Native Americans in her narrative “The Captivity and restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson.” In her narrative, Rowlandson disparaged and ridiculed the Native Americans in a negative way to show or reason to her peers that the Native Americans were like savages and ruthless animals. In my opinion, Rowlandson portrayed the Native Americans in a negative manner to show others their savage behaviors but also to show the power of God and how he will save those who believe in him. First, Rowlandson implanted the Native Americans as savages when she compared and called them derogative names like “ravenous Beast” (237) and “Barbarous Creatures” (238). Rowlandson even described the Native Americans to act in a savagery way when she asserts that they “slain and mangled in a barbarous manner” (238).