The two texts that are about justice and indifference happen at different times, different places, with different people, but are the same in many ways. The reason this is, is because these story’s relate to what the story means, what I mean by this is that both texts involve traumatic experiences. In the lottery by “Shirley Jackson” a women named Tessie (Mrs. Hutchinson). She won the lottery, the irony is that she won but she didn’t win any money, no, she got stoned to death by her neighbors and family. In the poem by martin Niemoller “First they came” this poem is about how Martin Niemoller was a german-nazi. He was most famous for the poem that he wrote. He used to be a supporter of Hitler and he was put into concentration camps but …show more content…
This short story has Justice and indifference because after they killed Tessie when it was supposed to be Mr. Hutchinson. So maybe they felt bad for killing her because it really wasn’t fair or right. This story deals with indifference because they never helped her when she was dying.
In addition, the poem “First they came” by Martin Niemoller addresses Justice and indifference because Hitler defined Justice and indifference. He murdered insistent people just because of their religion and the way they looked. In the story Martin was a Nazi, but then decided that this lifestyle wasn’t right. He got put into two concentration camps. Lucky for him he finally escaped. The poem talks about how everyone had someone to stand up for them, but he had no one he was alone for standing up for what is right he never followed the crowd, unlike the towns people in the lottery. The towns people followed the crowd by killing someone who was insistent.
Henceforth, the lottery by Shirley Jackson is the same as the poem First They Came, by Martin Niemoller because they both deal with justice and indifference. The evidence is that in the short story The lottery deals with justice and indifference because when Mrs. Hutcheson got killed she said this isn’t fair it isn’t right. In the poem First they came he stood up for what he thinks is right and Martin got put in concentration camps for standing up for what is right. In the lottery Tessie had no one to stand up for her, she
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“The less there is to justify a traditional custom, the harder it is to get rid of it” (Twain). The Lottery begins during the summer. A small, seemingly normal, town is gathering to throw the annual “Lottery”. In the end, the townspeople—children included—gather around and stone the winner to death, simply because it was tradition. The story reveals how traditions can become outdated and ineffective. “I suppose, I hoped, by setting a particularly brutal ancient rite in the present and in my own village to shock the story's readers with a graphic dramatization of the pointless violence and general inhumanity in their own lives” (Jackson). As humans develop as a race, their practices should develop with them. Shirley Jackson develops the
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During 1948, the United States used the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki; it was devastating and killed many people. The Lottery by Shirley Jackson tells a story about how cruel people can be without feeling any remorse. The story is about a small town who has a yearly lottery and the winner gets stoned to death by their neighbors. The thought is that if you have a lottery, then you will have good crops that season. Written in 1948, the story tells the tale of poor Tessie Hutchinson, who is stoned by her own town for winning the lottery. In the short story The Lottery, Shirley Jackson argues that all people, regardless of how civilized they may seem, are capable of great evil by contrasting seemingly pleasant and relatable details of the town with the shocking barbarity of their tradition.
The idea of winning a lottery is associated with luck, happiness and anticipation of good things. In Shirley Jackson's story, " The Lottery", this is not the case. The irony of the story is that the winner of the lottery gets stoned to death by everyone else in the town. The story is very effective because it examines certain aspects of human nature.
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Society today sees the lottery as an easy way to win a ginormous amount of cash just by buying a little slip of paper with a combination of numbers. The irony that Shirley Jackson uses in her short story, The Lottery, is used to the extreme by not only the title being ironic, but also within the story. The lottery is seen as a way to gain cash, but the ironic part of the title is that the reader sees it and thinks that the story will be about someone winning a big prize, yet the winner is sentenced to being stoned to death. Within the story, Shirley Jackson writes about how one member of the community ultimately chooses who wins the lottery. Another ironic thing about someone chooses the winner is that one of the communities sons picked his own father to win the lottery. Linda Wagner-Martin analyzes The Lottery and its irony by writing, “Bringing in the small children as she does, from early in the story (they are gathering stones, piling them up where they will be handy, and participating in the ritual as if it were a kind of play), creates a poignance not only for the death of Tessie the mother, but for the sympathy the crowd gives to the youngest Hutchinson, little Dave. Having the child draw his own slip of paper from the box reinforces the normality of the occasion, and thereby adds to Jackson's irony. It is family members, women and children, and fellow residents who are being killed through this orderly, ritualized process. As Jackson herself once wrote, "I hoped, by setting a particularly brutal ancient rite in the present and in my own village, to shock the story's
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Once upon a time there was a little village. In this village three hundred people happily farmed and played and went about their business. The children went to school while the men cut wood or farmed, and the women cooked and cleaned. Every summer in June each of villagers took part in the traditional lottery drawing and one villager was picked for the prize – a stoning. In 1948, Shirley Jackson published this short story known as “The Lottery,” in The New York Times. The story’s plot shocked readers all over America as they learned of the horror happening in such a quaint town. Jackson purposely set this tragic event in this innocent setting to emphasize humanity’s cruelty. Using her appalling short story, The Lottery,
Introduction and overview of the short stories, “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson and “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell.