Our pity for his torment that he suffers and the very nature of his circumstances are sufficient to render him deserving of tragic status in the book. You could argue that if Satan is the tragic anti-hero of Paradise Lost, then one could argue that Adam must be the real tragic hero because the fact the he falls for Satan’s sin. we can draw the conclusion that both Adam and Satan fall from there homes as a result of their free will and disobedience they have toward God. You can feel an admiration for Adam before his fall but the admiration is short lived. We seem not to be able to relate to them because of the fact that they are perfect imagine from god himself.
The head of each household, generally male, walks up to Mr. Summers to select a paper from th... ... middle of paper ... ...ruesome and strictly followed the tradition is. Davy Hutchinson doesn’t seem bothered by the fact that his mother is going to be stoned because he has been prepared for this moment. The Lottery is an amazing work of fiction not only because of its extraordinary twist on the concept of tradition, but for its classic irony and impeccable use of symbolism. The Lottery questions whether or not tradition should be respected for what it is or evolve to suit new generations. When asked the purpose of writing The Lottery, Shirley Jackson responded that the story was "to shock the story's readers with a graphic demonstration of the pointless violence and general inhumanity in their own lives."
Satan could be described in many terms, and by many people, but all can be disputed. According to my sources, Satan is displayed as the hero, while God is the evil deity, and Milton was wrong for writing Him as so. In this essay, I will show my thoughts on the subject of Satan as an evil deity, and other’s opinions on the matter. Satan is thought of as the tragic hero in Book 1 and 2 of Paradise Lost because he is shunned by God for trying to overthrow Him, and being ambitious enough to think he could be God. Satan, in my opinion, is not as much an evil individual, but more juvenile, and ignorant.
Humanizing Satan: An Examination of Satan as a Victim In John Milton’s, The Paradise Lost, Milton’s representation of Satan makes us uncomfortable due to the recognition of his humanizing and relatable reaction to what happened to him. The reader expects Satan to be an evil, and malevolent figure who does evil acts because he loves it and there is no defense for it. While these aspects are prevalent in his character in the poem, Satan does not come across as a completely wicked person but instead, a victim. The representation of Satan has a personifying quality that any of us may have and do not want to admit. In book one, Milton’s portrayal of Satan makes us uneasy because we relate to his actions, which are ordinary human responses to similar situations.
The black box, the white pieces of paper within the box, and the entire lottery event in general are all symbols in the story because they contribute to the development of the true meaning behind what “The Lottery” is all about. Shirley Jackson took two simple items and a concept and created them in a way that made them significant to the overall meaning and messages within the story, which highlights the dangers of following a tradition blindly. The first significant element within “The Lottery” is the black box. This box is used during the actual event. It is placed
Even though God does bring His wrath out on the world a lot in the Bible, the plague is mos... ... middle of paper ... ...l life instead of experiencing the eternal affliction that can only come from being cut off from God in Hell. Even though Father Paneloux does his best to preach to the people of Oran, he makes some serious mistakes. The only result that comes from this is the people getting angry with God and turning away from Him. This benefits nobody as now the people have lost the best way to get through affliction: God. A good sermon to the people of Oran would be one that emphasizes the innocence of God in this plague and the necessity for a devoted relationship with Him.
It shows us that American society has become accustomed to the ideas of Christianity, and is so convinced that it is the right way of thinking, that we do not even explore the idea that it may be wrong, or unnatural. The story shows how Christianity can often times be barbaric, as with the Holy crusades, and the Salem witch trials, to name only a couple. It shows us the hypocrisy that resides within the churches, for often times people are judged for things that only fate decides. Just as in the way that the Christian belief is that all homosexuals will be punished in the after life, while many homosexuals argue that they do not choose to be gay but that fate made them that way. In the end “The Lottery” is a criticism of how many in Western civilization have come to practice traditions and not a religion.
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary also lists Plot as “a series of events that form the story in a novel, movie, etc.” The combination of these methods assists the reader with the understanding of the story, the meaning, and the significance. Shirley Jackson uses symbolism, allegory, and plot to illustrate a theme of true human nature in The Lottery. Symbolism plays a significant role, represented in The Lottery by people and objects. For example, the meaning of the black box in the story is deep yet simple. It is important to note here that the box is noted in the story to be aged, neglected and the black paint faded.
The majority of murders in the United States occur with black people. Ever since slavery, black people have been considered inferior to whites in the United States. Characteristics of a good human include being nice, careful, and generous, while a bad human is mean and does not care for others. In American society, racist attitudes bring out the worst in human behavior, as reflected in American literature. This trend is imminent in: “The Death of Emmett Till”, by Bob Dylan; the exclusion of Crooks in John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men; the case of Tom Robinson in To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee; and the rights of the Youngers in A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry.
Next thing you know, they’ll be wanting to go back to living in caves, nobod... ... middle of paper ... ...ciety and the characters and the setting in the story affect the theme. The Lottery has several different themes. A.R. Coulthard stated, “Little has been written about "The Lottery," possibly the most widely known American short story. Perhaps that is because the story seems such a transparent attack on blind obedience to tradition that little or no exegesis is necessary, a reading usually encouraged by discussion questions accompanying this much-anthologized story.