The titles of both short stories do have some similarities even though they show contrasting aspects of the same theme. Jackson’s title “The Lottery” gives reference to a game of chance with a positive outcome and invokes images of winners of fabulous prizes. It is also compared to other happy events when Jackson writes, “The lottery was conducted—as were the
The Lottery, a gothic short story written by Shirley Jackson, illustrates a fantasy about a small and isolated community that takes part in a sacrificial ritual that can only be described as vile and barbaric. Names of all of the citizens are put in a “black box” and eventually, a person is randomly selected to be stoned to death by their own family and fellow citizens. The reason for stoning, or the beliefs of the citizens, is to ensure there is a good crop yield for the year. Shirley Jackson uses the story to expose the subtle brutality in humanity and the dangers in social insecurities that lead to blind faith and following in traditions and cultures. Jackson uses plot and setting to illustrate the subtle brutality in humanity. Characters
The stones were heavily emphasized throughout the story. It is later revealed that they are used to murder the individual who is unfortunate enough to get the marked slip of paper. The method of stoning is a punishment from biblical times. The townspeople, who believed themselves to be good people, used a savage form capital punishment due to their superstitions. Not only did the adults stone individuals every year, the children were involved as well. The children, specifically the boys, were recruited to collect the stones for their ritual every year. The beginning of the story tells of the boys collecting stones until they created “a great pile of stones in one corner of the square and guarded it against the raid of the other boys,” (Jackson 133). The boys collected the arsenal for the townsfolk to use against their victim. The children grow up surrounded by barbaric actions that they will grow up to accept it like their parents. An example of the brainwashing effects is in the end of the story. The townspeople showed no remorse when they descended on Tessie with the stones. Encouragements were said by a few townspeople to get the stoning started. Tessie continued to scream about the unfairness of it all but no hesitation was told to have occurred. The townsfolk in “The Lottery” were truly reduced to barbaric or savage individuals every
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On lottery day, everybody politely and cheerfully converses with one another, making jokes and laughing. But when it’s time for everyone to open the slip of paper they drew from the old box, things definitely take a dark turn. The head of household that draws the one paper with a black dot on it must make the other members of their family draw a slip. The family member that draws the second dotted slip is stoned to death as a sacrifice to help ensure a good harvest, whether that person is a toddler or an elderly man or woman. One of the sickest parts of the whole ordeal happened after Tessie Hutchinson drew the paper that sealed her fate: one of the villagers handed Tessie’s young son Davy a stone to throw at his own mother. The people that had been casually speaking with Tessie just minutes beforehand are now taking her life, solely because they believe it will make the fall harvest plentiful. There isn’t discrimination in this text as much as there is conformity. The people of the village are ready and willing to stone someone to death because tradition has told them that it was a good thing, so they follow through with it, even though they’re committing murder. Everybody has their traditions that other may find weird, but brutally killing
The lottery is a story about a village that has been blindly following this tradition for many years. Everybody has been copying what has been done for years. They are picking a name from a hat and killing the person. One character, Tessie, comes late and seems less eager than others. Then she gets chosen as the victim. In First they came, it is a poem about soldiers who are taking people from certain groups like “Socialists, trade unionists, and Jews.” away. The author does not speak out against it, and they came for him.
“It’s the same old story. Get the weapon, and you’ve got the man.” (Dahl, 322) The first story is called A Brief Moment in the Life of Angus Bethune. It’s about a high school senior who is considered “not normal.” He gets bullied and comes from a bigger family. The second story is called Lamb to the Slaughter. It’s about a woman named Mary Maloney who spontaneously decides to kill her husband, Patrick after he reveals that he is leaving her. The protagonists of each short story, Mary Maloney, and Angus Bethune seem to have some similarities as well as many differences. Both characters have slight mental issues and high intelligence. The difference is that Angus gains a potential lover and Mary kills her soon to be ex-husband.
Both “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson and “First They Came” have the same themes that can and can’t relate to each other. “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson is about a small town doing a ritual every year with a death lottery to help grow their crops. “First They Came” by Martin Niemoller is about how the Nazis came for the different people and the narrator didn’t speak out for them and there was nobody left to speak for him. If you don’t speak out for something sometimes bad things don’t change.
In stories that both end with innocent people being brutally murdered for the sake of upholding a tradition, there are bound to be similarities. The Hunger Games, directed by Gary Ross, is the story of a girl who is chosen as a sacrifice in the annual Hunger Games, forced to fight and kill tributes from other districts to survive. The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson, is the story of a woman who is chosen as a sacrifice in the annual lottery, stoned to death by the people in her village. The Hunger Games and The Lottery have similar symbols, characters, and settings.
In Dahl’s “Lamb to the Slaughter”, a very happy and pregnant wife waits for her husband to come home from work. She notices that he is very unusual in his responses and character. To her surprise, her husband tells her that he is leaving her for another woman and that she shouldn’t get upset because he will make sure that she will be taken care of. In a silent rage, Mrs. Maloney hits him on the back of the head with a frozen leg of lamb and kills him instantly. She stages the house as if a robbery happened and proceeds to put the leg of lamb in the oven. She then rushes to the grocery stuff to get the rest of the stuff for “dinner” and upon her return calls the police to report the murder. After the police finish questioning her and searching
These two are short fiction stories by American writers of the 20th century with both having a common social and religious setup. ‘The Lottery’ by Shirley Jackson is based on a small American town described by an annual ritual they refer to as the lottery in which through a lottery game a member of the society selected is stoned to death. The lottery is based on the families and with the argument that it’s with this tradition, they get a good harvest, Warner quotes, “Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon (Jackson, 25).” On the other hand, ‘The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas,’ describes the communal setup of the imagined city of Omelas, a city of delight and unbelievable happiness. The story presents the summer festival celebrated in Omelas which is very vibrant and glorious. Though the writer does not give an account of the social, political and economic setup of omegas. On the contrary, the state of happiness and splendor
“The lottery” and “first they came” both have the same theme of killing people whether its tradition or just killing people in general you’re still following the same theme however the two story’s use different text structures to convey the message to the reader.
The many different styles of writing can be highly represented by the authors Kate Chopin, an African American writer during the late 19th century and Roald Dahl a British writer during the late 20th century. Furthermore, this can be represented in their stories Desiree’s Baby by Chopin and Lamb to the Slaughter by Dahl. Desiree’s Baby takes place during 1800s narrating a fictional story about a couple having partial knowledge of each others past falling in love and decide to have a child. However, when the couple later discovers their child was a quadroon, Armand finds his love for Desiree to be broken. Consequently, Desiree decides to kill herself and her baby. Resolving with Armand discovering his mother was African American. Moreover,
The idea of stories and storytelling has been around for a long time. Stories are often meant to entertain the reader. However, stories are not always about happy things. Two stories that are examples of this include “The Way Up to Heaven” and “Lamb to the Slaughter.” These two books contain several similarities as well as several differences to one another.
In the two well known stories, “Lamb to the Slaughter” and “The Lady or the Tiger,” both deal with relationships that have gone wrong. The story for “Lamb to the Slaughter,” starts out with Mary Maloney, who is pregnant and sews and waits for her husband to come home everyday. When her husband comes home one day and tells her that he is leaving her, she gets upset and ends up killing him with a frozen lamb leg. By the end of the story she is able to also get away with doing it. As for “The Lady or the Tiger,” this story deals with a King, whose daughter has fallen in love with a man who is not of the same status as she is. When the king finds out of this, he sends him to their version of a court system, which consists of choosing between two doors. One that has a tiger that will kill them and one that has a girl that the man will get to marry. The princess knows which door has each option in it and has the power to tell him which one to choose. Although in the end, the story never actually tells you which one she picks, and leaves it up to you to imagine what she does. Both of these stories have a lot in common, such as dealing with complicated relationships, as well as both of these women end up losing no matter what they choose.