In her story "The Lottery", Shirley Jackson implies the negative consequences of blindly following tradition through the acceptance, by the villagers, of the tradition of the lottery. Jackson suggests that the people of the village are afraid to give up the little tradition they have, even if it is not good. Every year after the lottery, the conductor of the lottery, Mr. Summers suggests that they should build a new box but, “No one [likes] to upset even as much tradition as [is] represented by the box.” (Jackson, 1). The black box symbolizes ritual and tradition. This quote reveals how firmly rooted the villagers are to this tradition and how menacing they find the idea of change.
Many pieces written by Jackson have a small-town setting that end with horror. The short story “The lottery” is about a small village that has an annual lottery in which the winner gets stoned to death. Many of the townspeople know this is inhumane, but they choose not to speak out because their name isn’t picked. Jackson uses direct characterization to describe all the characters in the village and uses symbolism throughout the story. Not to forget about the vivid description of the setting in the beginning of the short story.
When someone dies they are brought to the incinerator and everyone seems like nothing happened. This is a warning because in the future violence could be over used and part of life, but no one would notice because violent actions would be used everyday. Secondly, in Fahrenheit 451 violence is amusing to their society. The government wants to put on a good show for everyone to enjoy. “The search is over, Montag is dead; a crime against society has been avenged.” (Bradbury 142).
The people of Maycomb are ignorant when it comes to race, and the Finch children are innocent and do not know what’s really involved with the case taken up by their father. In the beginning of the book, the children are fixated and intrigued by Boo Radley. He remains mysterious to the town of Maycomb, and they go around to all their neighbours to gather gossip and stories. Throughout “To Kill a Mockingbird” there are many different ways and times the contrast between knowing and not knowing appears. In the beginning of the story, the children are obsessed with the mystery of Boo Radley, their neighbour who never leaves his house.
(Jackson 114) in which stoning is ancient and one that costs a great deal of punishment. Not only getting stoned is a terrible way to imagine death, it is indeed and always will be known as a crowd-generated death. During the time when the lottery is drawn and the winner is selected to be stoned, the stones are permitted for everyone in the village to contribute freely in the ritual. These stones that get used signifies as murder weapons. Stoning is one of the oldest and most mutual forms of killing, the method of eliminating a citizen at the end of the story was certainly not a random choice
The town from “The Lottery,” by Shirley Jackson, is the epitome of how a society can be torn apart through the practice of blind tradition. For example, when the rules are being read for the lottery and all the townsfolk are standing by, they “had done it so many times that they only listened to half of the directions” (3). This shows that the townspeople ignore many of the rules, not wanting or willing to challenge authority. Through the practice of blindly following tradition, the villagers don’t have the confidence to question what is rights, since they have always done the same thing. In addition, certain people develop doubts about the lottery, as Old Man Warner says “’It ain’t the way it used to be… people ain’t the way they used to
Mr. Graves’ name on the other hand refers to death and more precisely the fate of the winner of the lottery. While Mr. Summers speaks frequently of change, whether it be trading the old shabby box for a new one or replacing the wood chips with slips of paper, he seems to never be appreciated of. On the other side “ Mr. Graves made up the slips of paper and put them in the box, and it was then taken to the safe of Mr. Summers.” , the symbolism behind Mr. Graves writing all those paper sheets describes how death sets up traps for the innocent to fall into, and eventually they will be in the arms of death itself. “The Lottery“ is a short story written by Shirley Jackson, which talks about a village whose members have been taking part in a twisted ritual called “The Lottery” and it has been going on for decades. It takes place in a small village in the middle of nowhere and seems to be just like any normal village around the world.
The anticipation among the population is gloomy, and there is nothing in the text that points toward a happy outcome, yet the foreshadowing flies over the head of most readers. However, when the readers are finally awakened as the first stone is thrown, the execution of Tessie has begun, and the whole village proceeds to do what is expected of them. The irony of this story lies in the title and the diversion from the meaning we associate with lottery, except in this instance the winner is actually the loser, and instead of winning a bag of money, they lose their
Mrs. Hutchinson realizes she is an outsider when she wins the traditional lottery and realizes what that means for her while Young Goodman Brown realizes he is an outsider in his society when he sees everyone from his village in the woods worshipping the devil. Both protagonist take stands against these perceived injustices: Mrs. Hutchinson by speaking up against the lottery and Young Goodman Brown by shutting himself off from everyone he knows. Mrs. Hutchinson is justified in her stand because she is trying to stop a gruesome tradition, while Young Goodman Brown is not justified because he stand is based on a dream he deemed real. Mrs. Hutchinson is justified in her stand because she is trying to stop a gruesome tradition, while Young Goodman Brown is not justified because he stand is based on a dream he deemed real. In the text it states, ‘Clean forgot what day it was,’ she said to Mrs.
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.
The darker action in “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson is the fact that the winner is stoned to death. The whole town believes in this crazy ritual. They believe a lottery in June means more corn soon. To all the people in the town this is just a normal way of life and no one is brave enough to suggest that the lottery be stopped. Other towns have stopped the lottery and old Man Warner snorts that they are a pack of crazy fools no good will come from them.
Who will win, what do they win? While in charge of the “lottery”, Mr. Summers doesn’t support its traditions and feels the town should end it like a few surrounding towns have recently done. To him, the black box represents death and bad traditions in the community. His community members think it 's “Bad enough to see young Joe Summers up there joking with everybody.” They fear the young people are the ones changing the traditions and ending this tradition will lead to other breakdowns in society. Mr. Summers is the one adult questioning the tradition.
While Crooks, a victim of racial prejudice, expresses his isolation openly, he also socializes with other workers on the job and while playing horseshoes with them. Curley’s wife, on the other hand, cannot talk to anyone without suffering the consequences of a jealous husband: “ I get so lonely,’ she said. “you can talk to people , but I can’t talk to nobody but Curley. Else he gets mad. How’d you like not to talk to anybody?” (87) More specifically, the other men on the ranch refuse to talk to her because Curley’s position of power on the ranch portrays him as having the ability to have any man on the ranch lose their job.