Here, Shirley shows how someone can take tradition so seriously they do not even want to change the box they have used since they have started the major event they participate in. The villagers have had the same black box for a while and do not want to change anything about it because the tradition for the box is so strong. “The original paraphernalia for the lottery had been lost long ago, and the black box now resting on the stool had been put into use even before Old Man Warner, the oldest man in town, was born. Mr. Summers spoke frequently to the villagers about making a new box, but no one liked to upset even as much tradition as was represented by the black box” (Jackson 1). Therefore, if someone has something
The feelings of the villagers are often confusing, since they appear to want to keep this terrifying event going, even though they dread it. Some villagers show enthusiasm about this tradition, yet, the majority of the villagers are reluctant to participate in this incredible game of chance. Surprisingly, it appears that most villagers want the drawings to remain in tact. One of the reasons that it is difficult to read the emotions of the characters is that enthusiasm shown
Though essential to them, the townsfolk are unaware and begin to question why they continue to participate in such the barbaric ritual of selecting a villager at random, and stoning them to death. Peer pressure and conformity are the reasons that the clear majority of these villagers are participating. One of the frightening elements of this tradition, is that it seems eternal. The townsfolk are unaware of the origin of “The Lottery”, and by the sounds of Old Man Warner practically forcing the townsfolk to allow the ritual to continue, there seems to be no end in sight. The lack of knowledge about the tradition, shows just how strong the tradition has become.
In society there are some things that we will do without ever questioning why. No one really has an answer for why we do it, we just do. Traditions are passed from generation to generation, even if we have no backing for what we do, we just know it’s “good” and it’s “tradition” so it’s a part of us. In the short story, “The Lottery”, Shirley Jackson uses imagery and symbolism to show that evil can be present in the most innocent environment, resulting in society being tainted with dark illusion. In life, we often fail to realize that simple objects can symbolize something that is deep, dark and evil.
Some people didn’t want to stone Tessie, but they did because that’s what everyone did. Some people may have thought this behaviour was perfectly fine and there was no need for a change. They are 100% wrong. Social conformity isn’t ever okay because it really hurts people because they feel as if they cannot express their true selves without being
Traditions are meant to be symbolic, as well as, sacred and are mainly used to share significance with the past-however in this small town, it is determined otherwise. In the short story, “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, it has been proven that traditions can leave one blindsided. This becomes clear when Old Man Warner thoughtlessly and mindlessly disagrees to the idea of quitting the dreadful lottery; When Tessie and Bill willingly wish to place their daughter and son-in-law in the lottery- knowing that if they had been put in the lottery, one of them would have stoned; and; When Tessie was chosen to be stoned, she suddenly became a victim and everyone (including her kids, husband and friends) was against
Now to some people, they would see these villagers as crazy or even cruel to agree so blindly with something that is so immorally wrong and blatantly evil, such as this ritual, but to the villagers this tradition is simply just an attempt to survive no matter how cruel it may be it is something that they know just has to be done simply because it is a tradition. Mr. Summers; the leader of the lottery, is a person that believes the lottery benefits the community, and in a way it saves them from
Black is culturally known as a dark and evil color, the choice of using black for the box is a perfect fit for the theme of the short story, foreshadowing the coming death of the citizen. No one in the village surely knows how the lottery started, but they kept on following through with it because it is what has always been done. Another representation of symbolism would be the stones that give an access to all the citizens in the village to throw stones at the selected winner of the lottery. As the narrator observes, "Although the villagers had forgotten the ritual and lost the original black box, they still remembered to use stones." (Jackson 114) in which stoning is ancient and one that costs a great deal of punishment.
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
The idea that a small town would make such an event an annual tradition shows the depths to which superstition takes humanity. Usually a lottery is a drawing of a prize, but in this case, people are thrilled not to have