Shirley Jackson's Views Of Obedience And Violence To The Lottery

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Obedience And Violence To “The Lottery” Through my research and findings of obedience to authority this ancient dilemma is somewhat confusing but needs understanding. Problem with obedience to authority has raised a question to why people obey or disobey and if there are any right time to obey or not to obey. Through observation of many standpoints on obedience and disobedience to authority, and determined through detailed examination conducted by Milgram “The Perils Of Obedience,” Doris Lessing “Group Minds” and Shirley Jackson “The Lottery”. We have to examine this information in hopes of understanding or at least be able to draw our own theories that can be supported and proven on this subject. The first theory I read was a piece by Stanley…show more content…
In 1948. Jackson explains in her short story that the village society practices a tradition that no longer physically helps each other (e notes). She focuses on the little black box which holds the names of all the village people who are considered to be sacrifice. Even though it is not that ancient customs of human sacrifice that makes the villagers become cruelly, but that their thinly unexposed cruelty keeps the custom alive (226). However from the beginning of her story the villagers display no human likeness, no real bond of love just blind obedience. An example is Tessie, tapping her friend Mrs. Delacroix “on the arm as farewell” telling her its her turn to pick from the box. This hardly seems a sign of sisterly concern but its more like a slap to the face. At this time its Mrs. Delacroix who has to “pick a stone which she needs to use both hands for” who’s the fool now!! (226). Next Jackson thorough into her story old man Warner he is the most figuratively evil and devoted to custom, but is considered to be the most honest. He is the only one who believes in the supposed ritual sacrifice. He uses the phrase “Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon” (226). Jackson also reveals in her short story what blind obedience has in store for Tessie and her family. Tessie denies the myth of family love. When Tessie family is chosen to supply the “victim” Jackson pushes Tessie’s instincts to her most shameful level by having her turn on her own family member. Despite Tessie’s actions she improves her stand for survival by defying tradition by adding her own daughter to the pit of torture. Although there is only yelling by Tessie saying “make them take their chance” and she used the term its not fair (227). Jackson’s heartless comment on the sacrifice itself makes the statement clear that the sacrifice was a pleasurable end, not an onerous duty demanded by
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