Chance Based Symbols In The Lottery, By Shirley Jackson

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Death by stones just does not seem so bad anymore. In the story The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson uses a chance based ritual to have a small community come together. The celebration is call a Lottery which takes two days to set up and only two hours to be finished. The celebration is the bringing of a community to come closer to become a close nit nation. The celebration brings much joy, happiness, and relaxation, so much that even some do not take it so serious. The author gives the example that some villagers even forget about the celebration. However as much joy that it brings, misery comes along with it. Out of the entire community one person is chosen, They then decide if it shall be an honor or a course. Throughout the story many characters…show more content…
One example is when “ Miss Summers asks two young men for help with the lottery box, both men are hesitant, but agree to help.” Hesitant towards the box as is if the box is no ordinary box, as it might be holy or spiritually. Another brief example of conflict in the story, is when Mrs. Adams tells the Old Man Warner that “other villages around them have stopped using or quit the lottery.” Old Man Warner replies in anger and displeasurement “Nothing but trouble in that, pack of young fools.” Meaning other people in the village may consider quitting or giving up the lottery, but not Old Man…show more content…
For example in the very beginning of the story the author briefly states that the entire community had “forgotten the origins of the lottery” except, Old Man Warner. With that said, how long before the society begin to question the ritual. Another example Jackson gives that the villagers may change is when Mr. Adams tells Old Man Warner that “ over in the north village they’re talking of giving up the lottery”. However Old Man Warner replies with anger and states that they are nothing, but a “pack of young fools”. What this shows is that is that some of the villagers are now considering quitting the lottery, because they have forgotten what the ritual is about, while also neighboring villages also giving up the
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