Scott Fitzgerald also used them to impact his readers. The most common and the most heavily used theme you encounter throughout “Babylon Revisited” is change and transformation. This theme is the most important one encountered throughout this story. For example, in the criticism passage, Paul Bodine states, “ On the surface, the story is about a father’s attempt to regain custody of his daughter after a series of personal disasters” (Bodine 17). This statement shows both themes of change and transformation in one sentence.This statement given by Bodine explains the entire plot of the story.It also supports the main theme by giving a very brief summary of the story, in which this theme is heavily present.
Symbolism is used multiple times throughout “The Lottery.” Mr. Summers is the person who calls people up to draw. His name symbolizes when the lottery takes place, “The morning of June 27th was clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a full-summer day;.” Mr. Warner is the oldest man in the village and obviously has done the lottery the most times. People around the village are talking about getting rid the lottery. Mr. Warner warns the people that getting rid of the lottery could be bad. His name symbolizes his thoughts about the lottery.
I believe that the 8th juror is the most interesting juror of the twelve because in a way he is the perfect juror and represents the boy’s good luck. Number 8 plays a very important role in the play because he is the one juror that voted not guilty and stood up to the others, in his own words: “It’s not easy for me to raise my hand and send a boy off to die without talking about it first”. So, he is the one that triggered the chain of events that broke down the evidence and without him the boy would have surely died. His job is an architect and to be an architect you need to be both artistic (imaginative, thoughtful) and mathematical
Many stories involve symbolism for a specific reason, whether it 's to make a point or to give an overall meaning. For example, in the story “The Lottery”, symbolism is one of the main ideas that the author gets her point across. Symbols shaped her story for readers to understand the idea behind the symbols she used in the story The Lottery, symbolism helped develop a mood, deepen a theme, and creates abstract ideas. The stones, summer, and the lottery where all symbols used in “The lottery” to create a distraction for a shocking mood. Usually you can tell the mood of the story by the first few lines of a story and in the beginning of the story, it says “The morning of June 27th was clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a full-summer day; the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green”.
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.
Summers and also Mr. Graves whom oversees the lottery, together to symbolize how people expect life and death, new ideas versus traditional ideas. Most simply, Mr. Summers represents the season of which the lottery takes place, June 27th. Usually summer is known to be full of life and growth which is very similar to Mr. Summer’s personality. He is described as a cheerful man, and also wearing a clean white shirt and jeans. Mr. Graves’ name on the other hand refers to death and more precisely the fate of the winner of the lottery.
The so called the tradition that the town has in happens to be in a stoning to death by the draw of a piece of paper. If the paper that is drawn from the box and has the black mark he/she would be stoned to death. Everyone in this village follows the tradition of the lottery every single year even other villages although other villages take longer than usual, because of a population issue they start on June 2nd. With tradition being the main theme of the short story “The Lottery” it provides the reader with an idea of how the small town has been running for years and will continue to do so. Jackson comes across the short story with her views of tradition being negative, by having an outdated tradition to choose weather they will live or die.
Nineteen Minutes is Jodi Picoult’s staggering and heartbreaking story about the devastating aftermath of a small town tragedy. The story begins in the town of Sterling, New Hampshire, following the lives of the citizens on an ordinary day. That all changes when there is a shooting at Sterling High. Throughout the story, there are flashbacks to before and after the killings and the reader learns about the history of each of the characters, and how that has influenced their journey throughout the novel. We are shown the once close relationship between Josie and Peter, and also about Peter’s rocky home life where Peter is often outshined by his older brother whose death creates a rift that puts him even farther from his parents.
Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” tells the story of a village during midsummer participating in a ritual that is done every year without question; while this village is trying to become a modern town, it also cannot deal with the changing of the times. The result of this unquestioned ritual is the death of one of the village people as a sacrifice for the entire village’s “benefit”. Many details in this story, such as the time the story is set, the props used during the ritual, the condition of the sacrifices, and the names of the townspeople, illustrate the symbolism intertwined in a story about a ritualistic, but modernizing town. Symbolism is seen from the beginning of the story through the time the lottery takes place on “[t]he morning of June 27th” (Jackson 419). As explained by Helen Nebeker, the ritual is set during the summer because summer represents a “time of ancient excess and sacrifice” (Nebeker 102).
People have experiences on a day-to-day basis, some small, some large, but they all shape who they are, and in turn affect their values for the good or for the bad. They are best shown through literature, since it allows for realistic life experiences to be created in fictitious worlds. Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Judith Ortiz Cofer’s “Abuela Invent the Zero” both demonstrate the protagonist developing more appropriate values from important life experiences. In each of these classic stories, the main characters, Tom and Constancia, both have life experiences that shape them to cherish new things and value ideas that cause them to become more suitable, and rational people. Tom Sawyer, the protagonist of The Adventures of Tom