Analysis Of The Book ' The Lottery ' By Kate Chopin

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Kate Chopin the author of "The Storm" and Shirley Jackson, the author of "The Lottery", both hit on key points of human nature. In "The Storm" Chopin writes about a storm that tears apart a family. The family starts to compromise some of their rules. Some of these compromises are more severe than others. "The Lottery" is all about a modern day sacrifice for crops. A town comes together just to kill one of their own, but in this story people begin to question their sacred tradition that has been going for ages. Even though these two stories are so different the two authors do a great job in point out the weaknesses of the human nature. These authors challenge the man versus himself mindset and also man versus society, in multiple ways. Kate Chopin, the author for "The Storm" has a completely different setup than Shirley Jackson does in "The Lottery". These two stories, share major key points and insights into human nature, but have different ideas behind it. To start with, Shirley Jackson starts by describing the setting as "The morning of June 27th was clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a full-summer day; the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green." (Para. 1) She then continues to describe the day as an ideal day for a good time. Going further into the story it is obvious that the object is to mislead the reader. Kate Chopin opens also by describing the setting "The leaves were so still that even Bibi thought it was going to rain. Bobinot, who was accustomed to converse on terms of perfect equality with his little son, called the child 's attention to certain somber clouds that were rolling with sinister intention from the west, accompanied by a sullen, threatening roar." (Para 1) Later she write... ... middle of paper ... ...g the tradition, probably since the beginning of the Lottery. The town 's people knew that it somehow worked so they kept with it. The town 's people knew they needed the crops to live and continue to thrive, but at the same time they were always taught that the Lottery was how things were done. The second sense of desperation comes from the fact that people knew the lottery was wrong. The ones that understood this were too desperate to fit in. They realized that going against the tradition would cause trouble. Within both stories we see desperation in different ways. The true matter of desperation was not the act of killing a town 's person for crops or the adultery committed. The desperation was how the two scenarios were handled. Both scenarios were brushed off as if nothing ever happened or if it was a simple task. That is the true desperation of these stories.

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