“The Lottery”, a horror story created by Shirley Jackson, is about a moderate sized village that sacrifices innocent villagers in a forsaken lottery for the sake of tradition, and for their belief of good fortune that will arise. This story presents a lot of themes that relate to the real world, and these themes revolve around the negatives of society such as shunning, and forced indoctrination. One theme demonstrated was the theme of tradition versus progress. Tradition is not always right because it prevents society from progressing forward. Shirley Jackson vividly presents that theme through the characters’ malicious actions.
This shows that she is trying to change the rules to benefit herself now that she knows that she is the chosen one. At first, the reader doesn’t see why it’s so bad to be chosen because their thinking is of a modern-day lottery when the winner will receive a huge cash prize, but this is certainly not the case. It is revealed that the “winner” of the lottery will be stoned to death by everyone in the town. In fact, this is related to karma and how wrongdoing will result in payback. The ending puts an effect on the reader because it can be seen why she was stoned, due to her greediness, and total selfishness, that results in her death.
Selfish. These are all traits that would describe Walter Lee and his actions. Walter Lee is a character from the play A Raisin in the Sun in which a black family tries to get out of poverty and go against stereotypes by trying to start over with their Grandpa’s life insurance money. A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry explores the concept that greed leads to being blinded by money and forgetting about one’s loved ones as shown by the climax of the play, the character of Walter Lee, and the effect that his actions have on the rest of his family. The Character of Walter Lee shows that greed blinding a person can cause him to forget about the ones he loves.
“There, on the pendent boughs her coronet weeds clambering to hang, an envious sliver broke; when down her weedy trophies and herself fell in the weeping brook” (Shakespeare 130). Ophelia can survive tragic events because of her residential treatment. This would create a more interesting final, when the recovered girl will return and find out she is the only successor of the business according to the corporate charter. Polonius was a Lord Chamberlain in the original play, and he can be turned into a chief executive officer or part-owner in the modernized version. Discussion between Laertes and Hamlet from the Act V would happen near Polonius’s coffin in this
The reason I enjoy this story because the dancers thought they can be safe but someone or something ruined their day. The literary devices includes irony, symbolism, and allegory. Edgar Allan Poe shows a many examples of irony. In Masque of the Red Death Prince Prospero decided to take his specific group of people to escape the horrendous red death, but a masked figure came to crash his party. The type of irony is situational because the price did not expect the red death
One night, Tom lands himself in the hospital after a DUI accident causing Lucy to argue with Willie about ending his bad habits once and for all. Some of the strategies the couple used in this particular argument were advantageous while others could use improvement. For example, Lucy does a good job using the future tense in her argument when she states to Willie “‘you will ruin him,’” if he keeps up his influence on Tom (Warren 345). As Jay Heinrichs describes in Thank You for Arguing, “the most productive arguments use the future tense,” the way Lucy foreshadows what will become of Tom if his actions continue. She also displays a good sense of volume control as she keeps her voice “quiet and even” throughout the argument while Willie lets out his anger too early by exclaiming derogatory statements like “Don’t be a fool!” (Warren 345).
Irony plays a major part in the short story "The Lottery". A piece of irony would be the fact that the actual lottery is supposed to be a good thing. In this short story "The Lottery" winning is a bad thing,(which would be situational irony) if they win the lottery they will get stoned to death. The last Paragraph on the fifth page, "It isn't fair she said. A stone hit her on the side of the head."
To begin the poem, Brooks begins the poem by informing the readers who the poem is about and where it takes place. “The Pool Players… Seven at the Golden Shovel.” (891). She begins with this introduction to set the tone for the poem by giving the readers the setting; pool halls known for its dim lights, smoke, and alcohol. Seven is considered a lucky number to those who gamble just like the seven pool players. The number seven can also a reference in the Bible as the number of perfection and completeness.
This emphasizes the fact that these seven young men are trying to be jazzy, which, at the time, was extraordinarily rebellious during this time period, which happened to be the 1960’s. The first stanza describes the setting of the poem which happens to be a pool hall named the “Golden Shovel”. This pool hall seems to be a grungy place frequently visited by expert pool players and possible gamblers. We can infer that this place is indeed grungy since a shovel is used to typically dig dirt or sometimes poop, and since the shovel is golden, the gold on it would quickly tarnish.
Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s The Visit, is a play set in the small, run-down town of Güllen. When Claire Zachanassian, a rich, former resident of Güllen comes to visit, she offers its citizens some much needed funds in exchange for the head of one of their most loved neighbours, Ill. She calls it justice for the perjury Ill committed so many decades ago, however, thanks to the desperation of the town, it leads to the corruption required for such an act to be carried out. This, in the end, was the moral of the story that Dürrenmatt was expressing. He employs several techniques of German Expressionism in his play in order to emphasize the corruptibility of both humanity and justice. German Expressionism often stressed important ‘lessons’ and, in his play, Dürrenmatt uses expressionist techniques in his stagecraft, writing style and the distorted reality of the setting to emphasize this lesson.
When a dream is taken too seriously to the point where reality is forgotten, it can physically harm a person. When Gatsby was shot by Wilson, Nick Carraway sheds light on the reason behind this tragic incident. Nick describes the loss of Gatsby 's life as Gatsby “[pays] a high price for living too long with a single dream”(Fitzgerald 165). Gatsby’s life was dedicated to achieving one dream, to be happy with Daisy. His dedication to his dream effected his view of reality.
Prestige and Death What is prestige? According to dictionary.com, prestige is your reputation or influence arising from success, achievement, rank, or other favorable attributes. The word 's definition can be traced as far back as 360 B.C.E. when it was used in Plato’s Socratic dialogue, Crito. In the dialogue, the character Crito, when trying to break out Socrates from jail, says, “For if you die I shall not only lose a friend who can never be replaced, but there is another evil: people who do not know you and me will believe that I might have saved you if I had been willing to give money, but that I did not care.” This quote from a piece of work that was created 2375 years ago brings up the question: how important is prestige in society?
Harrison has carefully structured the sequence of scenes to create "an accumulation" of ideas about being "Stolen". This is particularly effective in the repetition of scenes to emphasise the stories and show subtle changes in the characters. A good example is the repetition of the Line-Up scene. In "Line-Up age twelve", Shirley is particularly cynical, as she believes they will only be chosen to be unpaid servants for white families, while in the horrific scene in "Line-Up 3" depicts Jimmy’s ignorance to Shirley 's warnings of being chosen and Ruby 's traumatic behaviour from the effects of being chosen. The "Unspoken Abuse" scenes are very effective in showing the deterioration in Ruby 's mental health as she returns from her weekends, as for Jimmy, the irony of wanting so much to be chosen, ends in him suffering corresponding and similar physical and sexual abuse to Ruby.
Shirley Jackson 's popular short story, "The Lottery," was distributed in 1948 and stays right up 'til today a standout amongst the most persevering and influencing American works in the literacy group (Reagan 1). The story was at initially met with an undesirable reaction in light of its harsh nature and explanation of the possibly perilous nature of society. Women in the story portray how she felt an outcast in the community around her (Bailey 1). “The Lottery” offers a dim indication of the threats of taking after traditions in society. The story shows us how we are just pawns of more powerful people, that choose what road to follow.