Hunger Games versus The Lottery Essay

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"The Lottery" (Jackson, pg 163-170) and "The Hunger Games" (Collins, 2008) are both popular pieces of seemingly like, popular literature. Rituals and rules come into play strongly in both stories. In comparing "The Lottery" (Jackson, pg 163-170) and "The Hunger Games" (Collins, 2008) I find that both stories focus strongly on their annual rituals of sacrifice with a scapegoat. "The Lottery" (Jackson, pg 163-170) and "The Hunger Games" (Collins, 2008) have a ceremony, a formal event that brings the town or district together while having no real significance. Both stories also include similar rules, such as the rule that all people living in the town or district must attend the day that the person is chosen.
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The family whos head of household gets the black dot will then have each member of the family draw yet again. The person that draws the black dot this time will be the sacrifice. The main difference between the rituals in "The Hunger Games" (Collins, 2008) and "The Lottery" (Jackson, pg 163-170) is the event that actually takes place when the person is decided upon. In "The Hunger Games" (Collins, 2008) the tributes are made to fight to the death, with the possibility of living. In "The Lottery" the person is stoned to death, having no chance of living through it. Both stories deal with a scapegoat ritual. A scapegoat is "one that bears the blame for others."(Merriam-Webster, definition 2) In "The Hunger Games"(Collins, 2008) sixteen year old Katniss Everdeen is the scapegoat after she volunteers to take the place of her younger sister Primrose Everdeen. In "The Lottery" Tessie Hutchinson is the scapegoat when she draws the paper with the black dot on it. The characters from the stories are being faced with death for something that they did not do, but rather their town or district did, or thinks is necessary.
A ceremony is "a formal act or event that is a part of a social or religious occasion." (Merriam-Webster, definition 1) as well a ceremony is "an action performed only formally with no deep significance. (Merriam-Webster, definition 2b). Both of the definitions are clearly represented in "The Lottery" (Jackson, pg 163-170) and "The

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