Analysis Of The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

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Sometimes following a crowd isn’t always a good. The theme of these two stories is about following a crowd. You shouldn’t follow a crowd, even if you think it is a good idea it could still end up very badly. Like if you were at a party, and someone brings drugs or drinks and you are underage that is not a good thing to be involved in, and not a group of people you should want to be around. “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, is a short story about a town that gets together on June 27th on a sunny summer day for the lottery. They all gather around and each person takes a slip of paper out of the black box, and the person with the black dot on their paper “wins”. But you don’t actually win, you get stoned to death by all the people that you lived with in the town. “First They Came” by Martin Niemoller, is a story about the Socialists, the Trade Union, the Jews, and Martin Niemoller. The Nazis started coming for the Socialists, and Martin didn’t say anything. The they came for the Trade Union, and Martin didn’t say anything. Then they came for the Jews, and Martin didn’t say anything. And then they came for Martin, and no one was there to help him, and why would they because he didn’t try to help them. Both “The Lottery” and “First They Came” deal with following a crowd, but they do so in different ways.

Surely, “The Lottery” is about following a crowd. For example, in paragraph two it talks about all the boys and girls starting to gather around the town’s center. “Bobby Martin had already stuffed his pockets full of stones, selecting the smoothest and roundest stones.” “Then Harry Jones and Dickie Delacroix made a great pile of stones in the corner, and started putting some in their pockets like Bobby Martin.” All of the boys followed Bobby Martin because he is one of the older boys, and because they thought it was the right thing to do. It was definitely not the right thing to do. What if one of them were to get the black dot I beat they wouldn’t enjoy if people already had rocks ready to be thrown at them. Another example from the lottery is from paragraph one “the people in the village begin to gather in the square, between the post office and the bank at ten o’clock.” They all
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