Tessie kept trying to convince everyone that it wasn’t fair because Bill didn’t get enough time to choose but she was wasting her breath. She was eventually stoned to death. The sad part was that everyone, even her own family didn’t hesitate to throw stones
It is a perceived power, and even though the people have the ability to stop and end it, they continue to let it be a part of their lives and culture. The people in this society have an unknown power because they can stop the tradition and prevent future members from being stoned to death. This tradition is performed by many societies in the area. The narrator says, “The people of the village began to gather in the square, between the post office and the bank, around ten o’clock; in some towns there were so many people that the lottery took two days and had to be started on June 26th (Jackson 127). The story implies that this village is not the only society that conducts this ritual.
The lottery has been a tradition for as long as anyone can remember. It is an annual ritual that no one has thought to question. In fact, it is even accompanied by an old motto:”Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon.” The villagers are fully loyal to it, or at least they think they are, despite the fact that many parts of the lottery have changed over the years. Nevertheless, the lottery continues, simply because there has always been a lottery. 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.
This scape goat is an innocent, negated, and abused child known by everyone as the sacrifice for their wrong doings so that they may continue to enjoy their joyous lives. Ironically, although Omelas is portrayed as a joyful city, each citizen searches for ways to escape their guilt of this child’s suffering. Some choose to escape into activities of the flesh and to escape into rationalizations while others choose to leave Omelas. No matter their coping process, no one ever truly is happy. At a young age, citizens are aware of the scape goat in their community; they at first aren’t sure what to think about the situation, but most eventually conclude that it is more important to continue in their own prosperity and goodness.
The black box in the lottery was symbolic of the tradition of the Lottery itself, as Mr. Summers even “spoke frequently to the villagers about making a new box…” because he had to interact with it, unlike the other villagers. So in this, he reflects the villagers thought for change when they personally had to face the reality of winning the Lottery. As even the color of the black box is representative of the murder that occurs if you pull out the slip with the dot. Likewise, stool that upholds the black box is representative of the person that upholds the tradition as the one who is stoned to death. As Jackson shows through the villagers "Keep their distance, leaving a space between themselves and the stool."
Many themes could be interpreted throughout the “The Lottery”. While Shirley Jackson is writing “The Lottery”, she gives a good theme of tradition. Throughout the whole story she explains the little events the people of the village do once a year, the day the lottery takes place. The villagers take tradition so far when it is time for the lottery because they have done the event so long they see nothing wrong with it. The lottery is taking someone’s life away because that person drew a black dot.
He was trained to be kind, responsible, and believe in humility, but one of the Friar’s biggest issues was his ego and his lack of following through. He thought that he was the only person smart enough to make peace between the two feuding houses. He thought that marrying Romeo and Juliet would automatically make peace and when it didn't, he makes up a plan that could had fixed the families and saved their children if he had executed it correctly. He was so pleased that he made a plan that seemed infallible, he sent away a letter to Romeo explaining his idea and not to worry if you hear about juliet dying because she is just under a sleeping potion, But He did say of the urgency of the letter to the deliver and it doesn't get sent in time. Meanwhile Juliet is alone in a tomb with nobody watching her, The Friar should had been there making sure she was safe.
And I was yet to be proven wrong when I began reading the story as Shirley Jackson presented the setting as a beautiful day and everything seemed to be going smoothly. Then before we know it, by the end of the day the audience is presented by this old fashioned, gruesome death of stoning. This source is most accurately going to be used in my essay, by its citation for irony of the “stoning” itself. I quote “though the villagers had forgotten the ritual and lost the original black box, they still remembered to use stones”. Ironically no one in the community understands why they must kill a citizen each year, but in response, know “exactly” how to throw stones and kill
Overall, anyone can see that Abigail had bad intentions from the beginning and she only cares about herself. By looking at The Crucible, one can see that Abigail Williams develops the theme of reputation, which is important because people who fear losing their reputation spread hysteria. She only wants John Proctor and to take Elizabeth Proctor’s spot. She is so evil that she risked innocent people’s life over a
Going against the Ten Commandments back in Puritan times was considered one of the worst things you could do and would have deadly consequences. When John goes to see Abigail to talk, Elizabeth responds with: “ You were alone with her?” (Miller 53). Elizabeth is still very superstitious and is not sure if she has her husband’s full trust. Therefore, the unstable condition of their marriage continues. Later in the play, Elizabeth Proctor is put on trial for witchcraft by the despicable Abigail Williams.