In the following essay I will make a comparison between three short stories: “The Princess Who Stood on Her Own Two Feet,” “The Lottery,” “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas” and discuss the common theme of sacrifice that is presented in them. In the story “The Princess Who Stood on Her Own Two Feet,” princess sacrifices herself in order to achieve happiness with the selfish and sexist prince. In “The Lottery” people stone a person every year to provide a sacrifice in order to have good harvest. In the story “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas” a poor child is sacrificed in order for the whole city to exist.
There are many lively traditions attributed to the culture of the United States. An example of a tradition is the holiday of the 4th of July, celebrating the independence of the United States. Another is the holiday of Thanksgiving, where thanks is given to the Natives that provided the Pilgrims with food. Then, there are lotteries, where people have a shot at winning thousands and millions of dollars. Lotteries always bring a sense of happiness and eagerness to attendees and winners. Plenty of people across the United States attend since a lot of money can be acquired from winning. This gives winning the lottery a positive connotation. Although the lottery tradition of America is positive, others are not so positive. In Shirley Jackson’s short story, “The Lottery,” the tradition costs people their lives. Therefore giving winning the lottery a negative connotation. Through depictions of the nervousness of the adults and children as well as her descriptions of the objects associated with the lottery, Shirley Jackson, in her short story, suggests the horror of violence that concludes the story.
In the both short stories, “The Lottery,” by Shirley Jackson and “The Tell-Tale Heart,” by Edgar Allen Poe, the authors used different techniques to influence the reader and led to contribute to various themes. Throughout the story of “The Lottery,” the theme is concentrated on religion and tradition. It indicates that tradition in villages has become meaningless over the time. It appears to be eternal; no one knows when it started, and cannot guess when it will end. The lack of history makes the tradition so powerful in the story. Society is reluctant to refuse obsolete traditions, ideas, rules, and practices. In my interpretation, The Lottery would be considered as an example of what can happen when traditions are not addressed properly by new generations.
Following the crowd can have disastrous consequences is something both first they came by Martin Niemoller and The lottery by Shirley Jackson have in common. But for different reasons. Both stories are different but are also the same. Both stories share the same theme but for different reasons. So these two stories have a lot in common but somethings that are different, so in this essay I will talk about how they are the same and also different.
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Each of the stories begin with a description of a beautiful summer day. “The flowers were blooming profusely and the grass was richly green"(para 1) in “The Lottery" is quite comparable to "old moss-grown gardens and under avenues of trees"(para 1) in "...Omelas." These descriptions (along with several others) provide positive connotations and allow the reader to relax into what seems to be a comfortable setting in either story. Both stories also contain gathering of townspeople. In "...Omelas there is music, dance, and special attire incorporated in the gathering, whereas in "The Lottery," the women show up "wearing faded house dresses and sweaters." Although Le Guinn’s environment seems more festive, all the folks in both stories are coming together for what seems to be enjoyable, even celebratory occasions. However, I believe the major similarity lies in the fact that these many pleasant details create facade within each story. The reader is then left ill-prepared when the shocking, brutally violent, ritualistic traditions are exposed.
The shabby black box symbolizes the deterioration of ritual itself. The original of the box loses long time ago, and no one is sure that the black present box actually makes from the original box’s pieces. This proves the ritual also loses and nobody in the village knows the real meaning of the ritual they are practicing every year. The villagers do not care about the box’s appearance; the color fades, and they put the box all in different places. The townspeople seem to take pride in the ritual of the lottery but the box that represents the ritual is not respected. They do not even think of replacing it. There is no good and logical reason for them to keep holding the lottery because the lottery itself has lost the meaning long time ago, and the only thing left is cruelty. In one of the paragraphs, the narrator tells how the townspeople talk about the official of the lottery, “some people believed that the official of the lottery used to stand just so when he said or sang it, others believed that he was supposed to walk among the people, but years and years ago this part of the ritual had been allowed to lapse. There had been, also, a ritual salute, which the official of the lottery had had to use in addressing each person who came up to draw from the box, but this also had changed with time, until now it was felt necessary only for the official to speak to each person approaching” (257). The lottery really changed with time. The townspeople changed few things because they believe those things are no longer necessary and needed. However, the brutal ritual is the one they should discard but they keep holding it. In another paragraph, the narrator says, “Because so much of the ritual had been forgotten or discarded, Mr. Summers had been successful in having slips of paper substituted for the chips of wood that had been used for generation” (256-257). The story’s third person point of view is successful proving that although lots of the rituals, songs, salute, the black box and wood chips of the lottery have been changed, forgotten or discarded over times, the townspeople still hold the cruel ritual firmly without logical reason. They have no idea what rules they should follow and which should be discarded. This
The Lottery by Shirley Jackson is a short story based on a fictional village that holds a macabre ritual. Although the regularity was not stated within the tale, the story speaks of a regular gathering of the village folk to conduct some form of lottery. In a disturbing twist of the tale, the winner of the lottery doesn’t get to receive a prize, but instead, suffer the indignity of being killed by getting stoned to death by friends, family, and neighbors. Mrs. Hutchinson is the unfortunate soul, who, despite her pleas and protests has no option but accept her fate. In a similarly titled story, The Lottery by Chris Abani talks about an incident he witnessed when he went to the market with his aunt. In the story, Abani explains how he
Every story you'll ever read has its own kind of morals and different ways of treating characters throughout those pages. These ways these people in the stories are being treated are based on two things that we are focusing on; being preferred by others for who they are or being disapproved by everyone. By all means, humans should all be treated equally, but not everyone believes that. Each story that will be presented has a different perspective on how people see and treat others.
Luck always plays a hand in chance, but when the luck runs out, who’s there to lend a hand? In the story, The Lottery, a small New England town graces the reader’s eyes. Within this town, there is a deadly tradition about taking a chance. Tessie Hutchinson ends up being the one to risk it all and her fate is sealed with the sweet kiss of many stones. Symbolism plays a major key in this story, and it’s shown by names, objects and the setting, which conceals the true meaning of the lottery.
Many comparisons can be drawn between stories of literary fiction. Literary elements such as plot, characterization, theme, and point of view are all aspects that can be used to compare stories. Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” and Richard Connell’s “The Most Dangerous Game” have many similar aspects between them. Both of these stories illustrate the degradation of traditional societal rules and the care for human life, and the deceiving appearance of characters. Their plots share a common theme of the darkness of human nature, and the twisted morals of some people.Both "The Lottery" and "The Most Dangerous Game" deceive the reader with their portrayal of the characters. Through the use of direct and indirect characterization, both stories begin
All around the world today thousands of people die from murder and the numbers increase every year. Our world is filled with violence and tragedies that keep increasing, just like in, Shirley Jackson's story “The Lottery.” The characters in a small village choose someone to stone to death each year because of tradition. As this tradition continues, more and more people die as time passes. All of the towns folk grow more and more nervous, hoping not to get picked. They gather in the town square to choose the person who is killed in this unfortunate event as you meet characters like the hutchinsons, Mr. Graves, and Mr. Summers as they go through the fear of being picked. As the children pile up stones that they use for the killing. All
Shirley Jackson wrote the story “The Lottery” back in 1948 to show us how ridiculous it could be to blindly follow certain traditions. In this story the author uses symbolisms to warn and prepare the reader about the gruesome ending of the lottery. There are a lot of symbols in the story and the main are the items, the lottery and the character names.
Throughout the duration of this class, I had the opportunity to encounter a great deal of fantastic examples of literature. The stories were as similar as they were different, each one with a unique premise but somehow also reflective of one another. Perhaps it is be accident, or more likely it is because the stories are a part of the fabric of our nation and the American condition. The stories are of their respective times while also being able to fairly and accurately critique American society, culture, and values. From capitalism to America’s changing thoughts on morality throughout the decades, the writings were introspective to the story of our nation.