Capote’s purpose in writing In Cold Blood changes as the story progresses. It starts with how someone’s carelessness can ruin an entire family and the whole village can be influenced by it. Earlier in the book, the Clutter family is, except two older sisters, killed by two murderers, Dick and Perry. Later, the motive of the murder is found as it is carelessness from Floyd who was Dick’s cellmate years ago. Floyd used to work at the Clutter’s farm and as he was telling Dick what kind of jobs he had, he told Dick how wealthy the Clutters are.
The man who hold the slip with a black dot will then have his whole family draw, once again the family member who get the black slip is the “chosen one”. This person meets a very unpleasant fate, as they are stoned to death by the community and their own family. Once again, all for the purpose have having a healthy crop yield. That about summarizes the ritual, what will continue will be a count of my own experiences and reactions if I were a part of this lottery. At the start of the day, I’d be very scared.
Unlike family traditions that help bring people together, this tradition manages to rip families apart. It does however bring the town together. The act of the whole town stoning Mrs.Hutchinson binds them together and makes them all guilty of her death. Jackson speaks about the whole town joining together and each picking up a stone to throw at Mrs.Hutchinson, “Although the villagers had forgotten the ritual and lost the original black box, they still remembered to use stones. The pile of stones the boys had made earlier was ready; there were stones on the ground with the blowing scraps of paper that had come out of the box”.
Conformity can make people do cruel things without reason. Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” highlights a village that continues a senseless tradition of stoning the winner of a lottery. Although all the villagers initially seemed innocuous and welcoming, as soon as the winning ticket was drawn, everybody quickly turned against the winner, Mrs. Hutchinson. Through a stark, cold tone, Jackson brings attention to the dangers of unquestionable loyalty to old traditions. Jackson starts the story with antiquated characters that contribute to the blunt tone.
Some people think if you win a lottery you win a prize like money or a new car but not in this story if you win the lottery you win death. Mr. Summers and Mr.Graves conduct the lottery and with them they had a black box with the papers the people of the town well pick out and one of them had the black dot and at the end of the lottery if you have that black dot you get stoned. The poem “First they came’ was a poem of a guy who survived the impossible. He use to be a Hitler supporter but he eventually opposed the Nazi because they put him in a execution camp. He was there for eight years and he narrowly escaped execution but after he was out he was plagued with regret..
In the short story, “The Lottery”, written by Shirley Jackson, Edgar Award Winner for best short story, the plot mainly surrounds tradition. The small village in the story is preparing for their annual “lottery”. The author uses dialogue to convey the fact that this lottery has been a tradition in their village for many years. The reader soon realizes the dark turn on this lottery. The “winner” suffers the fate of being brutally stoned to death by the rest of the villagers.
As mentioned in the story Old Man Warren remarks, “There’s always been a lottery”(Jackson4), interpreting that it should be kept that way just because it has for years, without seeing how cruel every person attending the lottery are being. The prize of the lottery is an example of situational irony. Situational irony is when the readers have an idea of what will happen, but instead it turns out to be the total opposite. The readers expected a positive outcome, but the prize ended up being unbelievable; The winner of the lottery dies. The idea that a small town would make such an event an annual tradition shows the depths to which superstition takes humanity.
Old Man Warner, the oldest man in the town, says in the story, “Pack of crazy fools,” he said. ‘Listening to the young folks, nothings good enough for them. Next thing you know, they’ll be wanting to go back to living in caves, nobody work anymore, live that way for a while. Used to be a saying about ‘Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon.’ First thing you know, we’d all eating stewed chicken weed and acorns. There’s always been a lottery.” Was it possible this was a tradition used to sacrifice someone, to ensure a great harvest?
The story of The Lottery instantly reminded me of The Hunger Games as well. There are some very visible parallels between The Lottery and the reaping ceremonies of The Hunger Games. In both cases innocent people are selected at random to be killed and there 's nothing that can be done about it. Very similarly, each year people gather in their town square to meet their fates. We don 't know when the tradition of the lottery started and it 's impossible to know when it will end.
In “The Lottery”, Mr. Summers does not plan it in advanced, he wants to do as little as possible with the lottery, so he waited until the last minute to draw the black dot. The townsperson, Mr. Summers is in charge of the drawing. It is all random, there is blank slips with one slip with a black dot and when that one lucky winner gets the one with the black dot on it, they got stoned. “The Lottery” and The Hunger Games contrast in how they select the people from either the town or the districts. They differ in how he or she actually got picked and how they got killed.