Every year, Mr. Summers, who manages the lottery suggests to the villagers to get a new box. However, the townspeople just brush off the subject and nothing gets done. The reason why the villagers do not want to make a new box is because “no one liked to upset even as much tradition as was represented by the black box.”1 With that reason, readers can infer that the townspeople do not want to give up their tradition. If they are reluctant on changing
The Evil practices and sins will cast chaos in the town of Salem from one person. For the most part, Abigail Williams stirred up drama and made her move by accusing Goody Proctor and changes her behavior constantly to ruin Elizabeth’s marriage. Elizabeth points out “I am sure she does—and thinks to kill me, then to take my place. (Miller 170) The conflict of lust and obsessive nature is evident from Abigail and Elizabeth proctor knows she is in danger during the witch trials. Chaos and false accusations from Abigail corrupted everyone in Salem to
The reason stoning was part of this society is presumably due to populism. The reason populism works is because the villagers believe that the struggle to get crops will be eradicated when someone gets stoned to death. A quote that portrays this message is ‘Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon.' This means that the working class people believe that when someone is stoned to death in June, their agricultural/horticultural struggles would not exist. 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.
Consequently, in Salem if someone is “hung for a witch” (96) then they must “forfeit their property” (96) which is “the law” (96). Therefor, Putnam is blaming witchcraft on everyone, in order for him to take their land. Considering the fact that no one in Salem has enough money to buy the land that was given up and only “Putnam has the coin to buy” (96) he will become more rich and he will be able to destroy his enemies in the trials. 2: 3: In the beginning of The Crucible Giles Corey was seen as a foolish old man due to his old age, but Giles soon proves that he is indeed brave and courageous. Giles Corey is seen as an absurd 83 year old man who is blamed for everything that is wrong in Salem and his “fate was so different than others” (40).
Parents that put their needs and wants before their child and did not care if they had a good Christmas or not. If that is not selfish than I don’t know what is. It had a big impact on me and I wanted to start giving back to my community. I gave kids a Christmas that their parents could not afford. I went to churches, thrift stores, hospitals and knocked on my neighbors do to pass out toys.
For example, the black box symbolizes tradition, culture and an annual ritual. According to the book, when they described the condition of the black box, the villagers stated that it was a traditional box that would not be replaced even though the box is no longer completely black but splintered badly on one side to show the original color, while in some other parts of the box is faded or stained. In Kathleen Wilson’s article, she states that although the black box is old and shabby, the village refuses to replace it just like they refuse to stop participating in the annual lottery pick. Another example is the use of name as symbols. For example, Mr. Summers’ name is said to represent joviality while Mr. Graves’s name represents tragedy.
At Christmas, the Finches have an annual tradition of getting together as a family. For Scout and Jem, this means dealing with their annoying, pestering cousin Francis. This year, he continually makes fun of Dill and calls Atticus a “nigger-lover”. Once Scout has had enough, she punches Francis directly in the face. Francis runs and tells on Scout, and she does not get to tell her side of the story.
A villager winning the lottery results in death, all the more particularly alternate villagers stone him or her to death. The story includes the use of specific characters to clarify how traditions and cultures of a community are not considered ethically significant traditions to home. Jackson utilizes this idea to permit her group of onlookers to envision a reality that they would not have any desire to live in. Likewise, Shirley Jackson's utilization of characters in the short story considers a superior impression of how corrupt the tradition is. Old Man Varner uncovers that he has seen the Lottery drawing be led every year, seventy-seven times.
In The Crucible, I noticed many dark forces. The ones that stuck out to me the most were the girls because they were mischievous. Thomas Putnam was a dark force in the story because he was trying to get people of the town killed so he could acquire their land. Abigail was a character that stood out as a dark force because he wanted Mrs. Proctor dead so she could be with John Proctor. The young girls in the story were badly behaved.
“Goody Proctor is a gossiping liar,” (12). Abigail views Elizabeth as an obstacle between her and John and in act 2 Abigail tries to murder Elizabeth. “He has lifted the poppet’s skirt and his eyes widen in astonished fear,” (74) Cheever is horrified by the discovery of a needle in the belly of Mary Warren’s poppet. The needle in the poppet represents murder and Mary admits that Abigail sat beside her as she made the poppet. Clearly trying to kill someone for personal gain can not be denied as satanic work, but while Abigail did fail, using Mary as her pawn is still evil in its own right.
n Shirley Jackson’s, “The Lottery”, the author constructs a story full of symbolism, permitted horror, and a traditionalized ritual that serves as a front for an evil purpose, and ultimately reveals a towns ignorance in blindly following tradition. In small towns like the one in “The Lottery,” it is customary to uphold traditions. It functions as a way to bring together generations of community and family. The town is busy preparing for their tradition called the lottery. Children run around finding stones and placing them in the town square, and everyone is talking about a strange black box and how ratty it has become but will not be replaced because it is a tradition.
In the play Abigail Williams, and Thomas Putnam’s take advantage of the pervasive fear in the village, allowing them to fulfill their selfish and exploitative motives which are what truly fuel the Salem Witch Trials. To begin with, Abigail Williams starts the accusations of witchcraft in order to fulfill her ulterior motives. We first see hints of her motives when Abigail tells John Proctor, a married man under whom she had worked that, “I am waiting’ for you every night”(1099). While Abigail worked under John and Elizabeth Proctor, she had developed feelings for John. Elizabeth removes her which angers Abigail deeply.
He accused the citizens of Salem of putting spells on Ruth which resulted in her being “sick”. In conclusion revenge played a major part in the deaths of citizens from Salem. These revenge seekers in “The Crucible” were driven by jealousy and wanted closure to feel better about themselves. The people who were accused of witchcraft were victims of revenge and deceit. In addition revenge is something that will always be around because of greedy, vicious people.
Many people would die to win the lottery; in the short story “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson you would do anything NOT to win this lottery. This annual lottery reveals the negative aspects of this town’s Tradition, Savagery, Barbarism, and cold-heartedness. In this paper I will show why this town blindly follows these customs, not because it’s a tradition but because of the accepting wickedness that can be shown. Why does the town follow this foolish tradition? Throughout “The Lottery” the narrator tells that the people do not remember how the lottery began, and that some of the older people believe the lottery has changed over the years, that now people just want to get it over with as fast as possible.