2) For Kate Chopin’s “Story of an Hour” I found three symbols to be related to the theme that marriage/commitment/love is, in some if not many cases, an oppressive force. Once the wife learns that her husbanded has died she is overwhelmed by emotion as one can expect. Her reaction though begins to change. She quickly notices blue sky hidden beneath clouds and that it’s peeking through. For me this is a sign that open blue skies of freedom are just be behind the clouds and it’s soon to show through. She even personifies the sky by saying she could...
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...at this black box is made partly from the old black box. They even say that they have stopped using the woodchips to write names on since it wasn’t practical. Something like the lottery itself isn’t practical.
The lottery is justified in the story because it’s tradition but no justification to why it’s really needed. We can see that blind tradition leads to the death of people. The irrational killing of people due to tradition. What other traditions can we think have similar implication in our lives or in other parts of the world? How can we truly progress if tradition isn’t examined even in the story we see that tradition must be changed for practicality and the reality of a changed time. We see that most in the little changed made for the lottery to work with the larger population (i.e. the woodchips that at one point went into the box but were changed to paper).
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