One can see by examining the symbolism of the setting and the irony of a welcoming setting Shirley Jackson's short story, The Lottery is not an archetypal horror story. Firstly, one can see that as the story continues, it progressively gets creepier, for an example, with the introduction of Mr.Graves, it may not be much but it is the beginning of a long slippery slope that leads to the stoning of Tessie Hutchinson. Throughout the story one would be greeted with the warm inviting descriptions, for example, “The morning of July 27th was clear and sunny with a fresh warmth of a full-summer day; The flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green”. That quote, for example, is but one, of some descriptions the shield the unexpected and off-putting ending.
Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” is a presumably cheerful story but leads to a grotesque, unpredictable, and twisted ending. The main focus, with in “The Lottery”, is primarily about the sadistic ritual in which the townspeople of an agricultural town murder one of their fellow citizens in a raffle styled lottery. One may ask why this type of system is held in order to decide what person will be executed and then ask whether or not it is fair to the unfortunate winner of the lottery. Mrs. Hutchinson even called out the lottery system, after her family was chosen for the next pick, yelling “It wasn’t fair!” (Jackson 45).
“The perfect killer has no friends, only targets.” In Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” the villagers participate in an annual lottery that occurs every year. This story is an example of a “twist of fate.” Everyone in the village has to participate in the stoning of whoever is the lucky winner that is drawn. No matter your age or relation to the victim, it was expected of you to participate in this outraged act!
What is the purpose of The Lottery? The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson is a short story about an annual lottery that happens every June. The “winner” of the lottery gets stoned to death by everybody else in the village. Originally, the people of a small village started this tradition because they believed if the village made a sacrifice they would have a heavy corn season.
Traditions have been sought after and passed on for generations; with no questions asked, whether humane or not, traditions are hard to break and diminish as they are often what a culture or community stands for. In Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”, a story about the tradition of a small village, is painted in impeccable details of peace, and serenity on a warm summer day, as everyone follows the tradition they have known since a long time ago despite the true intentions and meaning of it forgotten. The Lottery taking place annually is like no other lottery, it paints the true picture of the horror that epitomizes the tradition that none of the villagers dare to question, despite it creating separation between gender and families and ruining
What is violence? Does violence still exist? How do we get rid of this? According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, violence is the use of physical force to harm someone, to damage property, etc. it is an exertion of physical force so as to injure or abuse.
Tortilla Flat, by John Steinbeck, demonstrates an ideal community with the portrayal of the characters in the novel: Danny, Pilon, Pablo, Jesus Maria, Big Joe, and The Pirate, who named themselves as the Paisano. The journey of the characters who have never given up on one another disregarding the circumstances are depicted in the novel. The men have a firm stand towards their tradition and stay faithful to their friendship by trusting each other. When one committed evil acts, they would punish the man while managing to forgive him. Through the allegiance and faithfulness in their friendship, the men successfully formed an ideal community where they feel safe and comfortable while relying on each other.
Shirley Jackson's, “The Lottery,” portrays the tradition of a small town in which a member of the community must get sacrificed in order to allow for a good agricultural season. The ways in which they do so is a fair lottery where citizens draw and see if they are the “chosen one” which they end up stoning to death. All citizens must partake in the lottery, including children and the elderly. Through Jackson’s development of the story, the people seem to be in a state of excitement and thrill when being part of the lottery. The citizens are constantly gossiping, laughing, and kids playing, waiting to see who is next to be stoned.
Traditions are an important part of our culture and what makes us individuals. They are passed down from generation to generation through following what our parents and grandparents have done. This shows our respect for our ancestors. However, there are some traditions that have no logical need to be followed, but still are blindly followed. In “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, the villagers follow the tradition of the lottery, even though they question why they still do it.
Society’s savageness began long time by itself. Violence and disclosures are made for the comfort of the culprit and harm the victim. Human savageness made a major upheaval in the religion, relationships, and family. Each has a different inclination towards the capability of the damages outcome that a human can do. Individuals are savages by default, the thoughts and actions each made are the cause of brutal effect of the doings.