“Every action has equal and opposite reactions. This is law of the universe and spares none. Wrong done and injustice inflicted is paid back in the same coin. No one has escaped justice of the universe. It is only a matter of time” (Anil Sinha).
When the twelve year old Nancy “[goes] forward switching her skirt, [taking] a slip daintily from the box,” the audience is struck by her innocence, making the subsequent death of her mother via the lottery outcome even more terrible and tragic. A still more effective example of Jackson’s appeals to pathos occurs at the end of the story, where “someone [gives] little Davy Hutchinson a few pebbles” to join the crowd in stoning his mother. This moment is incredibly poignant and elevates the disgust and pity that the audience feels as the nature of the lottery is revealed. Little Davy is too young understand what is happening, and it is reasonable to assume that the rest of the characters have long since lost touch with the purpose of the lottery, as the only explanation the audience is given for its continuation is Warner’s statement that “there’s always been a lottery.” This remarkably insufficient excuse in support of such a heinous crime secures the sympathy of the audience towards not only Tessie’s plight but also Jackson’s argument. While real life traditions are rarely so extreme, Jackson’s exaggerated fictional example emphasizes her point to great effect.
Due to this, Sylvia may suffer a fall in her life, such as the quotation, “pride comes before Destruction” suggests. The story does not have a clear end and readers can predict any possibilities. One main prediction is Sylvia turning into a thief in the future. Sylvia isn’t new to the act of stealing as she “terrorized the West Indian kids and [took] their hair ribbons and their money too” (Bambara 1). Also greedy for money, she did not give a tip to the taxi driver as Miss Moore instructs.
After Mrs. Hutchinson is finally chosen, someone says “let’s finish quickly,” and the crowd advances on Mrs. Hutchinson, bringing a deep sense of foreboding in the reader. Mrs. Hutchinson, who was in favor of the lottery before, now begins to protest vehemently the ethicality of the practice. Everyone begins to pick up stones. Mrs. Delacroix, who minutes ago was laughing with Mrs. Hutchinson, “[selects] a stone so large she had to [use] two hands” (75). Someone even gives her little son Davy a few “pebbles with which to stone his mother (76).
Abigail 's heartless attitude is shown in act two when she frames and accuses Elizabeth Proctor for witchcraft. She desired and longed for this revenge on poor Proctors innocent wife, aiming for her through out the play. Later on in Act Three she seems to lose her last attachment of society by destroying John Proctor, who she claims to love with all her heart. When John attempts and threatens to expose Abigail’s wrong doings, she skillfully manages to turn the whole problem around on him, sending him off
“After an hour and thirty minutes her daughter has become part Barbie, part Madame Alexander doll, and part Las Vegas showgirl” (Hollandsworth 1). These shows strip the girls of their childish innocents and use their oblivion to do so. They cannot process, with their undeveloped brains, to tell the difference between right and wrong in how they compete in the pageants. They base their worth by their appearance rather than what they are capable of doing. They grow up without a real identity and are only use to being exploited for how they look and
In Medea, a surge of insanity purges her after she is betrayed by her husband Jason causing many cruel and harsh actions to follow from her. The ending result a murder scene. Is she really at blame for her actions and should she be punished? Believing that she is truly insane this would entail that she is completely innocent and therefore not to be punished. Thesis: Medea’s insanity which led her to killing her children suggests she let her emotions take control of her proving she is not at fault for her actions.
From the girl in Weed to Curley’s hand, Lennie is bound to hurt someone eventually. Even George says he ‘should of knew’ that Lennie would do something like this, absolving Curley’s Wife of any blame for her own death. Even so, Candy blames her, saying ‘you goddamn tramp… you done it, di’n’t you?’ as if it’s her own fault she’s dead and she only got herself murdered out of spite so Candy’s dream could not come true. It’s as if she did it on purpose. He says, ‘I spose you’re glad’ and we’re reminded that Candy sees her as entirely responsible for the destruction of his dream.
On page 151, the narrator says, “It is possible to die. Laura thinks, suddenly, of how she- how anyone- can make a choice like that. It is a reckless, vertiginous thought…” After she says this, she goes on to think of what everyone would think of her after she was gone. For Laura, every single decision is made based off of the society around her, but she never realizes that no matter what, if she is truly happy, then the people around her will pick every single thing to ridicule about her until she isn’t happy anymore. The book The Hours answers the question, “what is your happiness worth in society?” by providing different levels of sadness caused by people surrounding the main characters and showing the different ways that they react to those.
Also, the stories use a harsh and cruel traditions to keep people under their control and to prevent change from happening in their society. They also depict how this cruel tradition is a form of entertainment and joy. In “The Lottery” children gathered us stones and along with everyone else in the town threw rocks at Tessa who was chosen for the lottery. But in the hunger, games the game is being broadcasted all over the world as reality entrainment for people. They truly don’t see the cruelty of games enforced on the district.
“The Lottery,” a short story by Shirley Jackson, is about a woman who has been selected for sacrifice by a lottery drawing. Tessie Hutchinson, and the rest of her town, are unfeeling about how the annual sacrifice affects the selected. However, they carry on with their tradition year after year, with no intent to make changes to meet modern day morals and needs. “The Lottery” is about blindly following tradition, the awareness of how cruel a practice sacrificing is, and how one’s mindset can change when they are the chosen one. (1) When one blindly follows tradition, they become unmindful.
“ It isn 't fair it isn 't right,” Mrs. Hutchinson screamed, and then they were upon her.” Firstly Mrs. Hutchinson showed up late to the drawing which shows that the lottery is not an important event in her life. Then when she was found the winner she says that the lottery isn 't fair showing she doesn 't believe in it. Lastly she said that lottery isn 't right again showing that she doesn 't believe in it. “Tessie Hutchinson was in the center of the cleared space by now, and she held, and she held her hand out
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.
She bluntly lied to her parents which shows she knew it was wrong to spend so much time watching animals kill. For Miriam, she used fear to control Mrs. Miller, especially when she slammed the vase to the floor when Mrs. Miller would not kiss her good-bye. All three of these children show a proclivity towards violence, that ends in a gruesome death for George and Lydia Hadley. The reader is unsure of Mrs. Miller’s fate, but if it is anything like the rest of the story, Mrs. Miller is in for more terror from Miriam. These children controlled the adults to get what they
“‘You didn’t give him time enough to take any paper her wanted, I saw you. It wasn’t fair!’” (Jackson 5). And ultimately when it was Tessie who had ended up with the black dot on her paper, it was deemed unfair by her. Everyone takes the same chance by participating but once any of them are picked to be stoned to death they see the wrong in the ceremony. “‘It isn’t fair, it isn’t right,” Mrs. Hutchinson screamed, then they were upon her” (Jackson