Summary Of ' The Lottery ' By Shirley Jackson And The Ones Who Walk Away

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Sacrifice for Peace It is safe to say to say that one person does not deserve harm for the betterment of a society or a community. In the short-stories, “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson and “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” by Ursula K. Le Guin, each display similarities when it comes to sacrifice for better. Although each society believes in the practice, in the story The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” the citizens believes the practice of locking a little boy away in a closest will benefit them to live happily and prosper. In “The Lottery” a town of people hold a yearly assembly where a person of the community is randomly chosen to be stoned for the hope of more crops in the fall. Each of the stories display sacrifice in their theme, as well as people in the community who believe that the practice of sacrifice is wrong, and the belief that the benefits for all come from pain and suffering of one single individual. In the story, “The Lottery” people in the community practice sacrifice by going through a process of drawing names. In the story the characters assemble in town square to draw names out of a black box that has been used for decades. Their form of sacrifice has been a town ritual that everyone in the community has become accustomed to for some time. When the day comes for the lottery all the citizens gathered in the town square. Surprisingly, during the first drawing a well-known man by the name of Bill Hutchinson drew the slip to be sacrificed. Tessie, the

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