An Analysis Of Shirley Jackson And The Lottery

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Many people are following crowds all over the world. Some crowds are not the best to follow yet people still follow them. Following a crowd can be misleading and can also l have consequences. “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson takes place in a small village on June 27th, with about 300 people. The characters in the short story are Bobby, Harry Jones, Dickie Delacroix, Mr. Summers, and Mr. Hutchinson. The main idea of “First They Came…” by Martin Niemoller, is standing up for what is right isn’t always the easiest path. I believe that following a crowd, and standing up for what is right is not always the right path or easiest path.

To begin with, “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson is different than “First They Came…” by Martin Niemoller because the themes are not the same “The Lottery” conveys that following a crowd can lead to consequences; for example, in paragraph 19, “All ready? he called. Now, I’ll read the names—heads of families first—and the men come up and take a paper out of the box.” In other words, this shows that all of the people of the town participated in the traditional game. In paragraph 77, “Tessie Hutchinson was in the center of a cleared space by now, and she held her hands out desperately as the villagers moved in on her. It isn’t fair, she said. A stone hit her on the side of the head.” In this paragraph Tessie Hutchinson is about to get stoned to death because she picked the slip of paper that had the black dot on it. Also, in paragraph 15 it states

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