Similarities Between The Hunger Games And The Lottery

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One afternoon Shirley Jackson decided to write “The Lottery,” all in one day. Jackson sets up the story by describing specific details about the town and where they were gathering to form a twisted end. “The Lottery,” and “The Hunger Games,” seem to have quite a few similarities. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and The Lottery by Shirley Jackson both show how humans are drawn to violent traditions and the hypocrisy human’s possess towards violence. I do believe author Suzanne Collins was influenced by Jackson to create her novels. The themes of both stories deal with them blindly following tradition. In the story The Lottery, the villagers follow tradition in which it ends with stoning. The villagers systematically choose someone through a lottery and in the end the one chosen is stoned to death. The villagers forgot exactly why they do the lottery tradition but they follow it because it gives them a simple solution for the growing population and for a better harvest they believe, as mentioned by Old Man Warner, “Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon.” Similar to the…show more content…
From being content at the beginning of the story to screaming “it isn’t fair, it isn’t right” to everyone. In the hunger games when twelve year old Prim was chosen from the reaping bowl her sister Katniss Everdeen volunteered in her place. After an emotional goodbye she and the other tribute chosen Peeta Mellark were sent off on their tour to the capital. Both stories show hypocrisy towards violence. Tessie Hutcherson, if someone else was in her position, she would be alongside participating in the stoning. I think the same goes for the Hunger Games as well. The capital does not sacrifice their own children to the game because they know it’s a deadly game. Yet, they watch others fight for their lives as entertainment. If it were the other way around and the capital was also included there would be no
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