“The Lottery”, by Shirley Jackson is a very suspenseful, yet very shocking short story. This story is set in a small village, on a hot summers day in June. Flowers are blooming, and the towns people are gathering for the lottery, which is a tradition the town does every year. As the reader reads the first paragraph they think this is a happy story. The title also says, “The Lottery” which is a word often used for winning something or receiving a prize.
On the other hand, Wiz Khalifa speaks as if he is in a better place, and still has hope. Both do share the common theme and idea of friends being everything and being there through thick and thin, but in different ways. In addition, to this in “All Summer in a Day,” we also see this occurring as well. This occurs between Margot and the other students, each share multiple points of view towards the sun, that they have yearned to see. In the text, it states, “I think the sun is a flower, That blooms for just one hour…” “Aw, you didn’t write that!"
Ebenezer Scrooge, a changed man After reading, " A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens, one can asset the characteristics of each character. During my reading, one person in particular stuck out to me. Ebenezer Scrooge, he was a man that was grumpy all the time and everyone avoided him. By the end of the story, Scrooge's views have changed and he begins to care for others. Seven years after the death of his business partner, Jacob Marley, a grumpy old man named Ebenezer Scrooge is working in his office.
“In the shade of the house, in the sunshine on the river bank by the boats, in the shade of the sallow wood and the fig tree, Siddhartha, the handsome Brahmin’s son, grew up with his friend Govinda” (3). As Siddhartha is disheartened with his normal life. He has this desire to quench the thirst of finding himself spiritually. “It often seemed near--the heavenly world-- not one who had completely quenched the eternal thirst”(8). The first part of his journey he departs from his restricted life with his father and goes and lives with the samanas becoming an individual.
The first scene that “Young and Beautiful” is played in the movie is when Gatsby shows Daisy his house and decides to give her a tour. To Gatsby this house is his materialistic definition of being young and beautiful. The song starts with, “hot summer nights, mid-July. When you and I were forever wild.” Gatsby and Daisy begin to frolic in the house and on the beach and soon it becomes only them and Nick embracing their youth and beauty. After five years their love is rekindled.
Twice the amount of all my siblings combined. But, in Charles Bukowski’s poem “Betting on the Muse”, he describes how the fear of deteriorating and being forgotten motivates an individual to work towards becoming someone of significance. This idea he expressed made me pause and reflect. Perhaps being the middle “forgotten” child is really a benefit towards who I will become. When I was six years old I was forgotten at a Dairy Queen by my parents.
Crummey uses this symbol for Sandy and Georgie to describe their emotional state. Sandy’s reoccurring dream is of himself drowning as a teenager. “It sometimes seems to Sandy as if he’s lived all his days on that ice field” (268) because he constantly lives in a state of anxiety and fear about looking emotional and weak. This results in a communication breakdown and Georgie is contemplating leaving her husband and “how numb she had become, as if she had spent a decade submerged in frigid water”(p.266). Crummey uses the symbol of drowning to emphasize Georgies emotional distance.
Symbolism is used multiple times throughout “The Lottery.” Mr. Summers is the person who calls people up to draw. His name symbolizes when the lottery takes place, “The morning of June 27th was clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a full-summer day;.” Mr. Warner is the oldest man in the village and obviously has done the lottery the most times. People around the village are talking about getting rid the lottery. Mr. Warner warns the people that getting rid of the lottery could be bad. His name symbolizes his thoughts about the lottery.
Stained by nature and neglect, the house resembled an abandoned greenhouse with its many grimy windows, long, murky glass porch, sun-blistered columns, and darkened skylights. A bolt of regret sets me off balance whenever I think back to the days when Cousin James and I could overhear the locals at the Lake House affectionately refer to the house as “The Crystal Mansion“. The title was sustained over many lost summers when Aunt Susan would spend entire Sundays cleaning its countless windows. Like some meditative ritual, she repetively sprayed and polished each pane until they glistened in the sun like melting blocks of ice. There was something fluid and rehearsed in her movements as she propped the wooden ladder against the side of the house and began to climb, with the full and vividly colored skirt of her poppy-patterned dress sighing over the rungs.
'I'm Charles Baker Harris...I can read.' (Lee 8) With this brief introduction, the lives of Scout and Jem Finch are forever changed. Charles Baker Harris, otherwise known as 'Dill,' becomes a fixture of Scout and Jem's summertime adventures, helping them get into and out of all sorts of trouble. Scout describes him as a 'curiosity': “He wore blue linen shorts that buttoned to his shirt, his hair was snow white and stuck to his head like duckfluff; he was a year my senior but I towered over him. As he told us the old tale his blue eyes would lighten and darken; his laugh was sudden and happy; he habitually pulled at a cowlick in the center of his forehead” (Lee 9).