Othering In The Lottery And Young Goodman Brown By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Throughout the standard norms and customs of a society there has always been and evident and inevident use of othering to maintain the status-quo. Othering is defined as the mentality and placement of separation through actions and morality. Through the use of “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson and “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne an analysis of othering and outsiders within disparate societies have been provided. In “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, the protagonist is more justified in the stand they take than the protagonist is in Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Mrs. Hutchinson realizes she is an outsider when she wins the traditional lottery and realizes what that means for her while Young Goodman Brown realizes he is an outsider in his society when he sees everyone from his village in the woods worshipping the devil. Both protagonist take stands against these perceived injustices: Mrs. Hutchinson by speaking up against the lottery and Young Goodman Brown by shutting himself off from everyone he knows. Mrs. Hutchinson is justified in her stand because she is trying to stop a gruesome tradition, while Young Goodman Brown is not justified because he stand is based on a dream he deemed real. Mrs. Hutchinson is justified in her stand because she is trying to stop a gruesome tradition, while Young Goodman Brown is not justified because he stand is based on a dream he deemed real. In the text it states, ‘Clean forgot what day it was,’ she said to Mrs.
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