Throughout the course of humanity, people have sought ways to promote a society where moral unification and motivation are present. It is essential for a community to coincide with such values; therefore, tradition and folklore are transcended though generations as customs which people follow mostly without question. In Shirley Jackson’s short story, The Lottery, such traditions are exploited through a futile box along with a brutal ritual which symbolizes the way a society might mindlessly abide by them and feel powerless to divert from such illogical acts. The storyline contains a constant tone which depicts normalcy to present normalcy itself as seen by the villagers, yet whispers eerie to the reader by setting up hints and indications of what is really occurring.
Traditions are like a two-edged sword. They can be very powerful and helpful or they can be very hurtful and painful. Traditions gain momentum with each passing year, and in many cases they become difficult or impossible to stop. In “The Lottery,” Shirley Jackson uses situation irony, suspense, and dialogue to show that some groups of people have traditions they do not want to end, even if there is no reason for the tradition.
Yearly rituals are accepted by most people and the reasons behind the celebrations are unknown to most people. Americans practice different annual traditions such as Fourth of July, Easter egg hunt, Halloween, Veterans Day and more. Likewise for Shirley Jackson, a wife, mother, and author of six novels, two memoirs, and a collection of short stories including “The Lottery.” Jackson’s short twisted story, “The Lottery,” portrays a ritual almost as old as the town itself, especially for the fact that there’s no remembrance from the villagers or the oldest man, Old Man Warner, the real reason for the ceremony. Jackson’s story describes a brutal custom in a small village that punishes the winner of the lottery; however, Jackson uses irony, characters and symbolism to support her story. Jackson’s purpose in The Lottery is to demonstrate that conformity can be helpful in some situations but damages those who choose not to conform.
Why is it that a certain custom is loosely passed down from previous generations? We, as human beings, all have a specific routine or ritual that is dearly valued to us, but the reasoning to others is far misunderstood. In Shirley Jackson’s short story “The Lottery,” she exhilarates how admirable, modest people can execute such a cruel, immoral action due to the blind acceptance of traditions. Jackson brilliantly illustrates the use of an abundant amount of literary devices to fabricate such an unforgettable story.
The annual ritualistic stoning of a villager in Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" parallels tradition in American culture. This paper will inform the reader of the effect tradition has on characters in the short story "The Lottery" and how traditions still strongly influence people's lives in america.
The question of the decade is, “How much does tradition influence our lives?” Many people tend to go with the flow blindly, not knowing what the consequences are. The Lottery by Shirley Jackson, is a short story about an annual lottery draw in a small town. The story takes place in a small town in New England. Every year they have a lottery, where one person is to be randomly chosen to be stoned to death by the people in the village. The lottery has been practiced for a long time by the townspeople. It appears as though everyone accepts the fact that someone has to die every year because of a ritual or an act that has no meaning behind it. It is proven in the lottery that tradition heavily influenced people’s mindset,
The Troubles with Tradition The author of “The Lottery”, Shirley Jackson, demonstrates that getting caught up in the flow of society and past tradition may lead to the completion of acts one may regret. The tradition of The Lottery itself represents the general theory of the people in the town following past morals. The Lottery had been occurring prior to the birth of Mr. Warner, the oldest man in town.
The Lottery by Shirley Jackson takes place in an agricultural village that gathers in the town square. Each family is to choose a slip of paper out of a box. One family’s paper has a black dot, and it was the Hutchinson’s, and each member of the family picks a slip. The one that has the dot is sacrificed to help improve the crops. Through this story, readers can learn that some traditions are hard to break.
The Lottery is a short story with a twist. It tells you nothing about what it’s actually about before the literal end. You have to read through – anticipating what it’s actually about, so confused. Basically what’s happening is this town is choosing names, you don’t know why. They narrow it down to family names, then to people. Finally, at the end, a woman is chosen and stoned for sacrificial reasons and to help the crops flourish. In this, luck most definitely goes a long way. Why, you may ask? Well, I’ll tell you!
“The Lottery” Socratic The thematic idea of the story "The Lottery" is following tradition is dangerous. This is because when that when followed, the tradition results in death. This is shown as every year, one person dies due to the township people blindly following the tradition of a lottery.