The box is symbolic of our loathing of change; it is old and splintered showing that we cling to what is familiar rather than change and it also symbolizes the traditions of the community. No one in the little town questions the origin of the black box, but accept it as an intrical part of their lives. There is always discussion of people getting a new box, but no one ever really goes through with it. "Everuy year, after the lottery, Mr.Summers began talking again about a new box, but every year the subject was allowed to fade off without anything's being done". The lottery itself is symbolic of the paradox of the human psyche between compassion on one hand and the thirst for violence and cruelty on the other.
Further, the objective narrative also is a key factor into understanding the town’s people attitude towards the lottery. For example, the narrator points out that “The people had done it so many times that they only half listened to the directions” (292). It seems as if the villagers are so accostumed to this annual tradition that they fail to ask one another why they continue with the lottery. The villagers grew accostumed to this tradition that will cause them to self-destruct by killing of one of their own each year causing population to go down and negating the ability for the town to nourish with
Conjuring up a brand new box is discouraged as “no one liked to upset even as much tradition as was represented by the black box” (Jackson 134). Brief lighting is shown on what the box represents which is motivated by the suggestion that the current box contains pieces of the original box used by the founders of the village. The black box is almost a symbol of tradition in a way that “it is based on a story, is passed down from generation to generation, changes very slowly over time, but nevertheless is believed to serve an important function within the community” (Michelson). A tension establishes... ... middle of paper ... ...old onto tradition, even meaningless, base tradition, reveal our need for both ritual and belonging” (Griffin 46). Works Cited Coulthard, A. R. "The Grim View of Human Nature."
The author uses these names to foretell the winner’s prize, a vicious stoning from the villagers. The objects in the story represent spiritual and figurative meanings to the lottery. “Bobby Martin had already stuffed his pockets full of stones, and ... ... middle of paper ... ...d the setting. “The Lottery” remains applicable in our culture today. The story in of itself epitomizes tradition, the undisputed traditions that survive not just in the culture of “The Lottery.” “The Lottery” strongly demonstrates the collective mindset of Mr. Hutchinson and the rest of the villagers who contributed in the stoning of his own wife.
The Lottery was Shirley Jackson 's most recognized short story. Her story was written with a very bold plot. “ Shirley Jackson wrote of the essentially evil nature of human beings. "The Lottery," tells of a ritual in a typical New England town in which local residents choose one among their number to be sacrificed” this ritual supposedly helps the growth of their crops, and brings fertility to the people(Wanger-Martin). Though there is no actual evidence of ritual making a difference in prosperity.
One aspect of human nature that is examined, and that adds to the effectiveness of the story, is man's tendency to resist change. This is shown in more than one way. The first way is the way some villagers tolerate the lottery even though they know it is wrong, and it serves no purpose. They talk about how other towns have already stopped having lotteries, but they allow it to continue year after year. Old man Warner even says "there's nothing but trouble" in quitting lotteries.
In The Lottery, an annual sacrifice ceremony is held in a small town in which a selected person will get stoned and killed. In this selection, there are many appearances of symbolism. Some include the lottery “game” itself, the black box, and the characters. These symbols are used to enhance the theme of the story and create an ironic and suspenseful ending. A symbol is “a specific word, idea, or object that may stand for ideas, values, persons, or ways of life” (Roberts1945).
Mrs. Hutchinson’s family seems to act as if they do not care that they are stoning her, and only care that they are following the tradition and rules of the annual lottery. The only way for the lottery to work year after year is if the family of the one being stoned does not act out emotionally, otherwise they would petition for the lottery to end and would fight against participating, but all families in the village seemed to willingly participate. Even Old Man Warner who has participated for seventy-seven years believes this is a tradition that cannot end. Within these seventy-seven years he has to have lost some good friends and family members, but to him it does not matter. The lottery brings out the worst in people because it makes them forget what family and love for a person
“The Lottery” Plot Analysis Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” takes place in an idealistic small town in the summer. The opening lines describe how beautiful the town is and how happy its inhabitants are. However, this portrayal of a flawless town is a direct contrast to the hidden horrors that await the reader within the town square. Jackson wrote “The Lottery” to illustrate the fact that the inhumane practices that occur worldwide desensitizes individuals to where the loss of a human life is consider commonplace. The exposition or introduction of “The Lottery” begins with a vivid description of a modest, picturesque town in the latter part of June.
Whenever a person is questioned about why they do something unusual, their usual answer is something along the lines of "Because I do it all the time." This shows ignorance on their part because they cannot even back up what they do with a valid reason, as with the townspeople in this story. Anot... ... middle of paper ... ... states this when she says, "Although the villagers had forgotten the ritual and lost the original black box, they still remembered to use stones" (238). Even though the villagers forgot what the whole lottery was about, they still only remembered that they had to stone someone to death in the end. Shirley Jackson persuasively presents the story of a town of villagers that lets ignorance run their lives.