A symbol is defined as, “...A mark or character used to represent an object or character and have a deeper meaning.” A big symbol that is used in the story is the black box. The black box is placed on a three-legged stool This box is where all the slips of papers containing each family’s last name is placed and ready to be picked. The black box is a symbol of bad luck. At least one of the villagers in this small town will be the one to win the lottery and be stoned to death. Although, the black box is old and worn out, they continue to use the black box and not break the tradition.
The villagers believe that a human sacrifice must take place in June to ensure that a bountiful harvest was ahead of them. Jackson satirizes many social issues within the plot of The Lottery, including the reluctance of people to abandon obsolete traditions, ideas, practices, rules, and laws. The superstitious notions tied to tradition provokes the participants to carry out certain customs and set morals aside in order to safeguard a fabricated future. Jackson’s piece embodies underlying attributes of human sacrifice and rituals similar to events that are prevalent in American History, such as the Salem Witch Trials. In colonial Massachusetts, between 1692 and 1693, a series and hearings and prosecutions of people allegedly performing witchcraft took place.
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.
Then there was Old Man Warner, the oldest man in town. He has lived through the tradition for decades and is set in his ways with how he views the lottery. Jackson made this character completely “for” the lottery, anyone who thought that the lottery should be stopped, was considered a young fool who knew nothing, and had no respect for tradition. Shirley used techniques that gave life to her short story, thus having readers become compelled to read her short stories. The tasteful blend of reality produced; a sense of brooding mystery and
And to offset his good looks, the H-G men required that he wear at all times a red rubber ball for a nose, keep his eyebrows shaved off, and cover his even white teeth with black caps at snaggletooth random.”This illustrates how the government took away uniqueness. When we read this passage we see how much of a threat Harrison is to the government. He had three hundred extra pounds he had to carry around. A normal person like George and the ballerinas had nowhere near the amount of handicaps as Harrison did. When they covered up Harrisons nose, shaved his eyebrows and put teeth caps on his teeth, it shows that they took away the competitive drive away from people which then took away uniqueness.
It was also considered to be a very twisted story because of the tradition the town members had adapted to over the years where one randomly chosen member of the town will be stoned to death each year by friends and family. In the story, Shirley Jackson helps raise attention to the evil and random tradition that is inhuman. In the short story, Jackson uses the black box, Old Man Warner, and Tessie Hutchinson as symbols to show that people will continue
The mainstay figure of the short story, "Spunk," whom the story is named after, offers a unique example of the believable, appropriate, and curiously unlikable character. Being a flat character, Spunk thinks of himself as the most dominant man in town which fuels his arrogance, as well as his ego, as shown when he says, "...the dirty sneak shoved me...he didn't dare come to my face"(Hurston). This exemplifies Spunk's firm belief that he is the most powerful man not only between him and Joe Kanty, but between him and the rest of the world. Due to his superiority complex, Spunk exhibits a thirst for control. A perfect example of this complex is when Spunk faces Lena and tells her, "ah'll git the lumber foh owah house to-morrow... when youse
Given the circumstances, some crimes are justifiable: a poor man steals to feed his family, or someone kills in the name of self-defense. However, stabbing a hoof pick through the eyes of six innocent horses seems inexcusable at first glance. Peter Shaffer, in his introduction of Equus, writes that his purpose in writing the play is “to create a mental world in which the deed could become comprehensible” (Shaffer 9). Before introducing Alan Strang to Dr. Dysart, Hesther prefaces that most people, including professionals like psychiatrists and magistrates, have been disgusted by Alan’s crime and that Dysart is his last hope (I. 2 11-12).
The novel takes place in Panem, a nation made up of an upper-class metropolis known as the Capitol, as well as twelve servile districts that surround it. These districts are oppressed and exploited by the Capitol, which holds a lottery each year in order to choose “tributes” for a competition called the Hunger Games. Through this drawing, the Capitol selects a boy and a girl from each district and forces them to fight within a massive arena until there is only one tribute left alive. The Capitol claims that the event is both punishment for a rebellion from the districts and a memorial for those lost during the revolt, but presents it as an exciting spectacle that is televised all around Panem. The Capitol holds the Hunger Games in order to keep the districts in line, viewing those living in them as uncultured dangers to society who could rebel the moment they feel empowered.