For example, when the day 's described as “clear and sunny” it 's ironic because it ends with the “brutal death” of a person. The way Jackson described the day made us think it was going to be enjoyable but it showed us otherwise. Another example would be Mr. Summers’s name. His persona leads us to believe that he 's the kind man in the story
Once the court arrested them and there land would be put up for sale and Thomas being the riches man in town would buy up there all of there land. It is proven in act three when Giles cory says “Putnam is reaching for my land!” (Miler, 180) But yet it gets worse.
This moment shows the Putnams large role in the blaming of witchcraft because after they ask about a name people respond with those exact names although the blaming wasn’t real. Another person who contributed to the witchcraft hysteria is Reverend Parris. Samuel Parris was quick to blame and quick to make bad remarks about people he didn’t like. Most of all Parris wants to keep up his reputation so if word got out that he niece was acting like a barbarian in the woods he would be shamed upon. In the play Parris says, “If you trafficked with spirits in the forest I must know it now, for surely my enemies will, and they will ruin me with it.”
Reader’s Response Act 2 In reading act two of The Crucible, we discover the important role power plays in the lives of John Proctor and Abigail Williams when rumors of witchcraft continue spreading. John Proctor is known as a prominent landholder and farmer in the community of Salem, whereas Abigail is Reverend Parris’ niece and a former servant for the Proctors. I believe Proctor is in a difficult position because he knows he can stop Abigail’s accusations, but not without the whole town finding out about his affair. When act two begins, Proctor comes to the realization that Abigail has taken over the town of Salem and she’s gaining power.
To Kill a Mockingbird is a story that takes place during the Great Depression in a small town located in southern Georgia in the 1930s. The book focuses on Jean Louise “Scout” and Jeremy Atticus “Jem” and their coming of age and the major events that made the two grow up. One of the events was the trial of the Mockingbird, Tom Robinson, in which their father, Atticus Finch, was defending Tom, a man of color. Mockingbirds are used throughout the book to represent people that were harmed by the society even though they were innocent. There is a common misinterpretation of the meaning behind the Mockingbird leading many to believe that Scout is the Mockingbird in the story.
The climax of "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson is when Tessie reveals the paper with the black dot. With the reveal of the black dot, the villagers begin to surround Tessie and start to stone her to death. The stoning of Tessie Hutchinson reveals that the lottery is a tradition filled with horror and death. Even though many of the villagers voice their opinion against the lottery, they still participate in the activity. Once the tradition of the lottery is finished, all the villagers go back to their normal life and pretend that nothing happened.
In “The Lottery”, Shirley Jackson uses characterization, symbolism and themes to develop the action of the short story. First of all, one of the literary devices is characterization, Characterization in
Men collect next, trailed before the ladies. Parents request their children over, and families position together. The details the author Shirley Jackson defines in the launch of “The Lottery” fixed us ahead for the dreadful
In Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery,” she depicts how tradition can be so blinding and the dangers of never seeing how destructive an event can be. First, the gathering of the lottery becomes more and more familiar for the people of the village. With
This story as well is set in the 19th and 20th century. The towns people of the lottery used a black box that you could tell was old and had been passed down like a tradition. This black box truly represented death for a person. Nothing but death came about from this box, but the people thought differently about it. The villagers seen the black box as something that was important and historical to their town.
John Hale, in the beginning of Act 4, offers a vivid description of the countryside near the end of the Salem Witch Trials, “there are orphans wandering from house to house; abandoned cattle bellow on the highroads, the stink of rotting crops hang everywhere, and no man knows when the harlots’ cry will end his life” (Miller 233). Witchcraft originated along with human civilization due to the main fear of the unknown. “Practitioners are believed to have special powers that permit them to alter the natural course of events for good or ill, such as the ability to cause drought or rainfall, heal or cause illness, and affect fertility of livestock, people, or plants” (Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia, 2015, 1p). The belief of witchcraft
Written in 1948, ‘The Lottery’ by Shirley Jackson is a controversial short story heavily influenced by the events that occurred during that time in history. Jackson effectively captures the dark nature of the human spirit in her dystopian piece, ‘The Lottery’; there are significant parallels between the short story and the sociological, economic and political climate at the time due to the Holocaust and the red scare in the United States. During these difficult times in history, individuals were persecuted for their beliefs, and often it was people that they believed were close to them that allowed for these unspeakable acts to occur. The lengths that members of society are able to go to in order to protect their own interests is deplorable, and Jackson has illustrated this theme in a more apparent manner.
Shirley Jackson’s short story “The Lottery,” tells us how the people of the town get together on June twenty seventh every year to perform a ritual that was started back in the day by their ancestors. The children would gather to the town square first and start piling up rocks in a corner. After the children the men would show up and then the women would show up last. Mr. Summers would call each family in alphabetic order to draw a slip of paper from the box, for the ritual. Once everyone had a piece of paper in their hands, they would look at the slips, who ever had the black dot got stoned to death.