“...a voice of woe to my own household pierces through my ears; and I sink backward on my handmaidens afaint for terror…” (Sophocles 64). All of this was too much for her to handle so she decided it would just be easier if she just took her life. Creon finds out the death of his wife through a messenger and blames himself, for his actions led all of his sorrows to happen. “I, I was the slayer, I say it, unhappy, of thee!” (Sophocles
Tradition of cruelty and Ticket to Death in Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery The Lottery is a short story by Shirley Jackson about an annual lottery draw in a small village in which one citizen is randomly selected to be stoned to death by its members. This practice has taken place in this community for over seventy years and its main aim is to ensure a good harvest. The winner of the lottery is the one who gets to be stoned by the rest of the village and in this case the winner is Tessie Hutchinson. Member of this community is blinded by tradition to the extent that they have given up any sense of logic by acting with no remorse towards the victimized believing that she will ensure fertility for the land. The Ironical part of this is that Tessie
Shirley Jackson is best known for her short story, “The Lottery.” It takes place in a small village of 300 people in New England, where the villagers blindly follow an old, bizarre tradition. The winner of lottery must be stoned to death as a custom of sacrifice. Although there is no reason to continue with this tradition, the villagers are afraid to dismiss it because the lottery is a huge part of their
Realiz[ing] why those other screams sounded so familiar (Bradbury 10). Not only do people sacrifice those they love for interest, but also for tradition. In The Lottery, Mrs. Hutchinson’s family and close friends turn against her in seconds for the sake of tradition. The children had stones already, and someone g[ives] little Davy Hutchinson a few pebbles (Jackson 28). The people in these books deem the sacrifice necessary and end up making the world a darker place by make it okay to kill others.
In "The Lottery" we are introduced to an unusual lottery in where one person gets unfortunately chosen and stoned to death. In the short story, we process Tessie, the unfortunate that gets stoned to death. In the community, Tessie is surrounded with has proven to be a community that fears to speak up for others in order to not risk their lives. Jackson illustrates Tessie calls out "it's not fair"(33).
This lottery is very unusual; the winner will become the loser. The Hutchinson family is chosen at this year’s lottery. The mother, Tessie says it is unfair and she is ultimately the chosen winner of the lottery. The winner of this lottery is stoned to death by their neighbors. Whether a tradition is immoral or not, some follow traditions for no apparent reason other just following what they were taught.
The short story, “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, reveals how ritual and tradition can control society. The ending has a sharp contrast to the normalcy of the story, giving it the horror type appearance. The lottery is an unquestioned ritual that takes place in a small town each year. Unfortunately, the winner of the lottery must be stoned to death, like a sacrifice, to continue the tradition. Ritual and tradition cause a great deal of tension surrounding the lottery.
For us, she thought angrily. She shuddered. Was it happening? A chill of horror swept across her..” This tells us that that when she finally decides to press the button she instantly knew she had made a wrong decision and realizes something bad is about to happen. As a result to her selfish actions her husband ends up being killed and his life insurance policy provides her with the $50,000, this was all because of greed.
The Consequences of Betrayal “The saddest thing about betrayal is that it never comes from your enemies….it comes from friends and loved ones” (Ash Sweeny). Ash Sweeny’s quote can be considered true for many reasons. It applies to both to the situation of betrayal in “The Tragedy of Julius Caesar” by Shakespeare and with the death of Skylar Neese a 16-year old girl murdered by her best friends. Both of them were betrayed not by enemies but by loved ones and friends, which is where betrayal originates according to Sweeny. Julius Caesar and Skylar Neese were both stabbed to death and killed by their best friends, both of them being victims of the greatest form of betrayal and the both of them completely unsuspecting.
She has spoken out directly against our values and our establishment. Mrs. Hutchinson is an enemy in the eyes of our government and churches, and she needs to be dealt with immediately. She will continue to speak out against our foundation and will lead to the ruination of everything we have worked hard to
For example “Mr. Hutchinson went over to his wife and forced the slip of paper out of her hand. It had a black spot on it, … Bill held it up, and there was a stir in the crowd.” This is his wife and he had no problem telling everybody it was her knowing that she will shortly die. The most cold-hearted part was when someone made sure that her son, little Davey, also had small rocks to throw at his mother. The town doesn’t care who was picked they just want death to the person and everybody involved can take part.
Throughout Sophocles’ tragic play, Antigone, main characters King Kreon and Antigone dramatically argue without compromise over the burial of recently deceased brother of Antigone, Polyneices. Antigone, while attempting to mourn for her family, symbolically buries Polyneices, going against the King’s decree (93-100). Out of anger, and an effort to establish his power, Kreon sentences her to an undeserving death just because she decided to respect her kin (441-496). In this case, I sympathize with Antigone more than Kreon because she peacefully acts on her beliefs knowing the consequences at stake. It takes a lot to stand up for what you believe in, especially knowing that the outcome will not bode well for you.