Lottery Vs Lottery

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In a time when the influence of society outweighs all and protagonists follow either righteousness or selfishness there are many similarities and a lot of contrast. In The Hunger Games directed by Gary Ross there is Katniss Everdeen who is righteous in her own way at a time when the entertainment of society ruled all. Then you have “The Lottery” written by Shirley Jackson where the traditions of society rules all including Tessie’s egoistic way of thinking. In both “The Lottery” and The Hunger Games the influence of society over individual people as a theme will be compared. As well as society’s influences affecting the virtues of each stories’ protagonists. In The Hunger Games Directed by Gary Ross the heavy influence of society’s need for …show more content…

In Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” Tessie is portrayed to be egoistic by saying things such as “I saw you. It wasn’t fair!” (Jackson 5) and wanting a redraw of her family in the lottery. This portrays Tessie as being selfish and egoistic because she discriminated the value of the lives of her family to that of her own. This is important because it is highly unusual for a protagonist to be such a narcissist. Tessie is not a virtuous protagonist. On the other hand, Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games is a different story altogether. In The Hunger Games directed by Gary Ross Katniss yells “I volunteer as tribute!” (Ross) when her sister’s name gets picked during the Reaping. It is evident that Katniss values the life of her sister over that of her own, something uncommon in “The Lottery” Knowing this about Katniss and seeing her actions during The Hunger Games shows that she is a very righteous and virtuous protagonist. These behaviors show us the differences between the two protagonists. Tessie, being selfish and egoistic, and Katniss Everdeen, being righteous and

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