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Themes Of The Lottery And First They Came

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Both “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson and “First They Came” by Martin Niemoller have a theme of following the crowd can have disastrous consequences, but they do it in different ways. The short story “The Lottery” is a story about a small village on a nice and sunny day. Once every year they hold a lottery by drawing names out of a black box. Whoever “wins” the lottery is then stoned to death. In the poem “First They Came” the author speaks about his own experiences in concentration camps. He says how they came for certain groups of people then for him. Both of the text deal with disastrous consequences by following the crowd, however they are done is different ways.

For one thing, the short story “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson has a theme of following the crowd can have disastrous consequences. The story is written in 3rd person point of view, that may not seem like a reason but because of that you can understand how more than one person feels. The story declares, “It isn’t fair, it isn’t right.” That was said by Tessie Hutchinson right before she was stoned to death, with the 3rd person point of view, we are able to know how she feels as well as the narrator. Also, the story has that theme because only one person is killed every year opposed to a bunch of people. “The Lottery” states, “Then they were upon her.” This shows that only Tessie was being stoned to death. Another reason “The Lottery” is different than “Fist They Came” is because it is written as a fictional
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