Parallelism In The Lottery

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With visual imagery, Jackson tricks the audience into believing this is an innocent village; however, as the story unfolds, the dark nature of these residents becomes apparent. On the day of the lottery, individuals select a white slip from a tattered box. Ultimately, the resident possessing the slip marked with a black dot gets stoned to death. No one questions the lottery, and the original purpose remains a mystery. Some say it is beneficial for the village’s harvest. Only when Tessie Hutchinson discovers she is the winner, does she object to the lottery and argue how the system is unfair. Her protest fails, as the villagers persist in the brutal stoning. Jackson’s story reveals the dangers of blindly following tradition and the darker aspects of human nature, such as the absolute cruelty in people’s actions. Focusing on recent mass shootings and the parallelisms in attitudes between Jackson’s villagers and Americans reveal how daily life in the United States is becoming a lottery.
Within the context of this story, there is a link between the villager's lottery and mass shootings today. For the small village, the lottery is a deadly game of chance, in which the unlucky winner is incapable of escaping his or her fate. Reflecting on recent attacks, the chances of death due to mass shootings are becoming statistically inevitable. They occur in churches, nightclubs, festivals, and elementary schools. While the residents in Jackson’s story participate in a fatal lottery

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