It brings about an appalling response from the audience as the whole village, including even her little Davy, gets rocked to throw at her. At the climax of the story, Jackson delivers this huge surprise to strengthen the effect of the theme. Similar to Shirley’s tone, the tradition remains largely unchanged, carrying the main idea throughout generations. Juxtaposing the dark news of stoning a person to an objective tone, Jackson undermines the inherent compliance to long-standing traditions in isolated, small villages. While all the “villagers had forgotten the ritual and lost the original black box” (267), they continue the senseless act without contemplating its origins or
“I’ve always been fascinated with the stealing of innocence. It’s the most heinous crime, and certainly a capital crime if there ever was one.”(Clint Eastwood) In the book, To Kill a Mockingbird, this quote reigns true for many reasons. The book starts as a family and friend oriented community, but its true colors show when Atticus Finch takes on a black mans trial. Tempers flare throughout the county and many people end up getting hurt; physically or emotionally. This only proves that the spread of evilness can diminish any bit of innocence left in a persons mind.
A very similar thing happens in To Kill a Mockingbird, when Bob Ewell accuses Tom Robinson of raping his daughter Mayella, but Atticus proves that it was most likely Bob who did it. Bob Ewell, Mayella’s dad, the person who should be protecting her at all costs. The most common injustice in the novel appears when the kids find the case between Tom Robinson and the Ewell family to be unfair, highly illogical, and racist. When the verdict of guilty is revealed to the town, Jem becomes upset and says, “You just can’t convict a man on evidence like that- you can’t”
People have a tendency to fight for themselves and for what they believe in no matter what the cost. This is shown in Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible when people in a village, named Salem, try kill their neighbors by blaming them for witchcraft. With characters such as John Proctor, he tries to bring justice to the town of Salem with all the false accusations with Reverend Hale. However with Judge Hawthorne, Abigail, Parris, Putnam, and the townspeople standing in their way, Proctor and Hale must fight through to bring justice. However in the end, 20 innocent people died because of people’s vengeance, hatred, and greed.
O’Connor’s trait of violence is used throughout to reveal the corrupt and criminal world that emanates the need for salvation. The violence that we do not get to see for ourselves are the crimes the Misfit committed before the story began. The story begins with the grandmother telling Bailey to “read here what it says he did to these people’” (O’Connor 575). These crimes are violent murders that the Misfit committed beforehand. This displays the criminal world that we live in.
Poor Behavior in “The Crucible” Ever wonder why people dies in The Crucible? The impact of Poor Behavior is exhibited throughout The Crucible. Most of the characters act badly. To begin, in Salem fight about land ownership. One example of greed is when Giles Corey states that Thomas Putnam of accusing his neighbors of witchcraft: “This man is killing his neighbors for their land!” (Miller 96) Thomas Putnam disputes land boundaries with John Proctor: “What anarchy is this?
This incident shows the reader that she wants to be taken seriously by her colleagues. It also displays that Hilly deeply treasures her reputation because of her reaction towards the situation. On the other hand, Aunt Alexandra has also shown the reader signs that she values her family’s reputation. In chapter 23 of To Kill a Mockingbird, Aunt Alexandra did not allow Scout to play with Walter Cunningham because of his poor background. She said, “Because-he-is-trash, that’s why you can’t play with him.
In “The Lottery,” author Shirley Jackson employs a detached point of view to demonstrate how a seemingly regular event masks the senseless violence cause by a group in order to warn about the dangers of conforming to traditions without thinking. Until the end of the short story, it is not clear what the annual event is. In fact, it seems like an average gathering that can potentially happen in real life. Children stack stones, and there is a friendly atmosphere among the adults. However, the objectiveness of the narration leads to no indication that a killing is just about to take place.
Innocent Injustice To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee has many cases of characters who illustrate the qualities of a Mockingbird such as Tom Robinson, when he did a favor for Mayella, gets killed and when he is found guilty by a jury. Miss Maudie describes why the kids cannot shoot a Mockingbird by saying “They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us” (Lee 119). Mockingbirds do not take what does not belong to them, and Tom will not accept payment in return for favors. Therefore he helps Mayella out of the kindness of his heart. Scout recalls the message of Mr. Underwood’s article regarding Tom Robinson’s death as being “He likened Tom’s death to the senseless slaughter
The Dangers of Following Traditions Blindly Why do people follow authorities and traditions blindly without reflecting upon what they are doing? The two short stories, The Lottery by Shirley Jackson and Examination Day by Henry Slesar, are perfect examples of societies that don’t question what they are doing because killing a person is rather an uncivilized and barbaric act. People will often be cruel when following traditions, beliefs, religion, or authorities. Thus, in the two short stories The Lottery and Examination Day, the authors are indirectly warning the reader about the dangers of not questioning authorities or traditions, and how we tend to be sheep that simply follow and don’t question. In The Lottery, the characters of the story follow traditional ideas, however they do not inquire about these ideas that are not moral at all.
He punished the citizens of Wallachia for the smallest crimes, by impalement. Women would be impaled for no reason, but were told they weren’t working hard enough. His unfair torture and killings led to constant fear and panic from the people. He would even put a golden chalice in the towns just to test people, to see if anyone would attempt to steal it so he could punish them, but no one dared, for they knew what awaited them if they even thought about it. No one would even talk bad about him, for fear of being executed.
In both short stories, “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas” by Ursula Le Guin and “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, there is an idea of sacrifice. The ideas of sacrifice in both stories compare but also contrast; someone is sacrificed for the happiness of the majority, but in each story happiness is achieved in different ways. In neither community does everyone necessarily agree with what is going on but they have to do what is best for everyone. In “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas” the town chooses to sacrifice one child for the happiness of the whole community. There is no clear explanation on why or how the child is chosen, but the child is chosen for the greater good of the society.
“She never lets a chance escape her to point out the shortcomings of other tribal groups to the greater glory of our own …” (page 172) In this quote, Scout is talking about how Aunt Alexandra doesn’t ever let a chance to nag people about how pure her family is and how impure their families are. This, however, is just her facade so she could hide her true self. In the following quote, it will show how Aunt Alexandra really is and this is after Atticus tells her, Scout, Calpurnia, and Miss Maudie that Tom died trying to escape jail. “I thought Aunt Alexandra was crying, but when she took her hands away from her face, she was not. She looked weary.
Steinbeck raises the question, “Is mercy killing (euthanasia) ever justifiable?” All Lennie really does is hurt the people round him, therefore what George did abetted the community. By Lennie being alive he was harming the people around him. In the beginning of the book, Lennie tried to “pet” a girls skirt due to his childlike