What is the first thing you do in the morning when you wake up? This answer may vary from person to person, but your answer is the beginning of your morning ritual. Rituals happen even if you don’t even realize it, think about it, you wake up turn on the coffee machine, then show, brush teeth, put on clothes and then you come back to the coffee machine that now has a nice cup of brewed coffee. You do that every day and it becomes your morning ritual, if you forget to turn on the coffee machine in the morning and you continue on with the rest of your ritual when you come out for that cup of coffee and it is not there, you cannot help but feel disappointed and feel like your day has been thrown off a bit. Buy why? You ask, because you did not follow your morning ritual. It is easy to see that rituals are historically apart of our lives as a society as a whole and as individuals in our personal lives. In “The Lottery” we see a village where everything seems to stop for this one day, this one yearly ritual. At the start of this story you get this feeling of excitement because everyone gathers and it seems like everyone looks forward to the lottery. In reality, this lottery is a dark event yet everybody attends as this has become a ritual over the years despite its harsh results. It is odd and you ask yourself why would people gather and participate knowing that someone is going to get stoned, they do it because it is human nature to do something that you do constantly may it
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For example, the text says, “so much of the ritual had been forgotten or discarded” and, “some people remembered, there had been a recital of some sort, performed by the official of the lottery.” It also claims that “There had been, also, a ritual salute.” So they just host the lottery off ancient beliefs of their ancestors.
Practices, behaviors, conducts, or traditions, it does not matter which noun one uses, they all have pretty much the same meaning. Traditions is pretty much keeping common rituals or a way of life as time goes by. Christmas, is the tradition of celebrating the birthday of Jesus Christ, and Easter, is the tradition of celebrating when He rose from the grave. Independence Day, on the four of July is the tradition of setting off firework in celebration of America’s birthday.
The events of "The Lottery" border on the absurd. However, history clamors for interpretation on several levels. Shirley Jackson has skillfully used the elements of various ancient rituals to create a story that touches the character of the ritual itself and the devastating effects of mafia psychology. At the heart of history is one of the oldest concepts of humanity: the notion of the scapegoat. Ancient civilizations used to hold a ceremony in which the ills of a whole society were transferred symbolically to a member of the group, be it human or animal, and that member was killed or banished.
The tradition of the lottery has been carried out for so long in this village that nobody even knows the reason for its occurring in the first place and nobody questions it. When Old Man Warner, the oldest man in the village, is told about other villages giving up the tradition of the lottery, he says that they are, “[A] pack of crazy fools [...]. There [has] always been a lottery [...]” (Jackson, 4). There is no reason why there has always been a lottery except that every year on June 27th, they held the lottery.
Throughout centuries, traditions and rituals have had the ability to control one’s behavior. In Shirley Jackson’s, “The Lottery”, she tells the reader of a small village. On the surface, this community may seem relatively normal. However, despite the picturesque appeal, this falsely serene village has a distinct deceitful flaw. On June 27th, every year, a lottery takes place.
A lottery is usually an occasion for celebration but this one is a ritual that involves stoning a person to death based on the lottery’s results. Old Man Warner’s explanation offers insight into why utilitarianism and superstition blend together : "Used to be a saying about ‘Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon." ( para. 33 ) . It seems that the villagers believed that in order to have a good harvest of corn for the village, they would have to sacrifice one person in the guise of a lottery. They assumed that trouble would follow if they didn’t go through with the lottery and they might even find themselves living in caves again like the ancient men.
Traditions have been sought after and passed on for generations; with no questions asked, whether humane or not, traditions are hard to break and diminish as they are often what a culture or community stands for. In Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”, a story about the tradition of a small village, is painted in impeccable details of peace, and serenity on a warm summer day, as everyone follows the tradition they have known since a long time ago despite the true intentions and meaning of it forgotten. The Lottery taking place annually is like no other lottery, it paints the true picture of the horror that epitomizes the tradition that none of the villagers dare to question, despite it creating separation between gender and families and ruining
The villagers on “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson are afraid to let go of their tradition, the lottery. They are concern of unknown consequences that will happen if they change their old customs. So, for every year, the villagers gather at the square to do the lottery at 10 AM . The villagers are afraid to quit their outdated tradition because they think that changing their old customs will only bring trouble.
The characters’ behaviors don’t exactly scream “I love the lottery!” The most logical reason for doing something that makes them unhappy is they are doing it as a tradition. But why not break the tradition? After digging a little deeper, it is easy to see that the lottery has been going on for a long time: “There was a story that the present box had been made with some pieces of the box that had preceded it, the one that had been constructed when the first people settled down to make a village here (p. 16, lines 78-82).” Since the original black box was made when the village first settled, the lottery is an ancient tradition that is generations old.
Many people would die to win the lottery; in the short story “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson you would do anything NOT to win this lottery. This annual lottery reveals the negative aspects of this town’s Tradition, Savagery, Barbarism, and cold-heartedness. In this paper I will show why this town blindly follows these customs, not because it’s a tradition but because of the accepting wickedness that can be shown. Why does the town follow this foolish tradition? Throughout “The Lottery” the narrator tells that the people do not remember how the lottery began, and that some of the older people believe the lottery has changed over the years, that now people just want to get it over with as fast as possible.
Imagine a society where killing somebody for the sake of a tradition is acceptable. In the short story “The Lottery” Shirley Jackson describes an ordinary village with normal people, but as the story progress the details of their yearly practice known as “the lottery” unravels to be more disturbing. The author subverts the readers’ expiations by persuading the reader into assuming “the lottery” is a ordinary tradition until unusual details and the behavior of the characters come into place. In her short story “The Lottery,” Jackson seemingly uses ordinary details about the setting and the townspeople to characterize her theme that although society claims to be civilized, and may appear so, it is inherently barbaric.
‘The Lottery’ is a story about tradition and sacrifice. However, even though the NY times article is about sacrifice, they are for different things. Such as money vs. good luck. ‘The Lottery’ talks about this small, peaceful village that have no problems and has mainly positive dialogue. But this village has this really weird tradition.
In the short story The Lottery, the theme of the dangers of blindly following traditions is strongly depicted. The short story leads up to a town that participates in a brutal murder each year, by sacrificing one person by stoning the person to death. It is a ridiculous ritual that proves the point of the dangers in following traditions blind. In this story, before the kind of lottery they’re conducting is known, the towns people and participants seem harmless, even charming in a way. An example of this would be how they appointed a sort of pitiful man to be over the lottery, and another being the kids running around gathering up stones.
Irony may appear in difference ways within literature. Irony changes our expectations of what might happen. It can create the unexpected twist at the end of a story or anecdote that gets people laughing or crying. Verbal irony is intended to be a humorous type of irony. Situational irony can be either funny or tragic.