Intolerance And Tolerance In The Lottery

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Different Aspects Same People Life without diversity of color, race, religion, beliefs, etc., would be boring. Barbara Jordan once stated, "We, as human beings, must be willing to accept people who are different from ourselves." Therefore, as diversity expands, learning to reconcile with one another will only enlarged and strengthened today's society. Intolerance and tolerance were shown throughout the short stories, "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson, "What, Of This Goldfish, Would you wish?" by Etgar Keret, and "American Flag Stands for Tolerance" by Ronald J. Allen. Each author expressed the many perspectives of discrimination, acceptance, as well as he or she share a common view about acceptance. Considering in the story, Tessie accepts the lottery that is taking place within her village. For instance in the story, Mrs. Hutchinson says, "[clean] forgot what day it was […] and they both laughed softly."(Jackson 28-29). In other words, Mrs. Hutchinson acted as though there was no lottery taking place as well as nobody dying momentarily, mainly because she accepted the fact somebody had to die to keep the village business going. Mrs. Hutchinson later on in the story says, "[Mr. Summers did not] give [Bill Hutchinson] time enough to take any paper he wanted." (Jackson 31). The viewer finds Mrs. Hutchinson's reaction very ironic because her attitude shifted because she felt like it is tolerable to let other people die, but when it comes to her being, she feels like she
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