Analysis OfThe Lottery And Battle Royal, By Shirley Jackson And Ralph Ellison
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In humanity's long history, there have been many occurrences of violent and disturbing events that generate what we called history today. In the stories, “The Lottery” and “Battle Royal”, Shirley Jackson and Ralph Ellison recite certain essential issues that the public often forgets about to remind us of the problems we need to resolve. While Jackson discusses superfluous traditions of a lottery, Ellison focuses on segregation of the black communities through the view of a young black man reminding people why they do what they do. Both authors dared readers to reflect on traditions, which most people perceive as a normal part of their lives. In fact, we can observe various enhanced versions of disturbing events the authors proposed in their stories in today’s modern life.
In “The Lottery,” Jackson allows the readers to believe the lottery will result in a reward if won and abruptly stuns readers with a sudden murderous act letting readers finally know the winning price is stoning to death. The lucky winner, Tessie Hutchinson, pleaded “‘it isn’t fair, it isn’t right’” (223), yet villagers show no mercy and proceed the ritual, even the children were given stones to perform the act. In the beginning, Jackson sets up such a tranquil setting that leave most readers off guard and cause most people to reread or to verify what went wrong. Mrs. Hutchinton’s death clarifies that the entire town views stoning people as a regular component of the yearly lottery to praise the Gods that