This tax is even greater on women who leave the work force to raise their children for several years (Crittenden 338). Many companies want “unencumbered” workers, and so those individuals that do not fall into that category, namely mothers, receive less money than their male or childless counterparts (Crittenden 440). Hopefully by enacting this new law the companies that participate in this wage disparity will be seen and soon change their policies and women, mothers or not, can receive the pay they are due. The glass ceiling on the other hand is “an unseen barrier to women’s
The women are shown as so insignificant that even the bond of marriage is broken by the gender socialism of the story. Not only do the adults of the small village show gender roles, but the children also show gender roles as well. Jackson uses some devices like imagery and symbols to show feminism throughout the story. This is brought up while the setting of the story is being told. The setting of the story opens up the guidelines of the gender roles in the town.
Gender brings a lot into the discussion because on average most sex workers are women and are the ones being discriminated against with the stigma of their gender. Women in the sex work have to deal with the stigma of being a woman in a male society as well as having the sex worker stigma attached to everything else. “Is prostitution someone like myself standing on a corner getting paid, or am I the housewife that’s home getting paid every Thursday from my husband, for cleaning the house, taking care of his sexual needs, looking after the kids, and going grocery shopping (Jeffrey 145)”? The problem is here that there is no way of getting away from stigma, the prostitute or the housewife? Either is a stigma that limits your agency, either has the power to tell you that you can’t do this or you can’t do that, and you could be either or both all at the same time and have both stigmas limiting your agency.
implies a contest with a winner of some kind, like a sweepstakes. When in reality the winner is actually the loser or person that will die by stoning. At the beginning of this story, the main character, Mrs. Hutchinson, is in favor of the lottery. The atmosphere of the town is casual yet anxious. Mrs. Hutchinson arrives late because she ?clean forgot?
Mrs. Tessie Hutchinson wins the lottery and is stoned to death by the other villagers. The lottery is a tradition, therefore, Mrs. Hutchinson has no choice but to accept her prize. The author used several clues throughout the story that hinted toward the outcome. One clue was that the boys of the town collected and saved the smoothest and roundest stones. Another clue was the hesitation of the men to help hold the black box.
"The Lottery" In "The Lottery" Shirley Jackson presents us with a shocking story guaranteed to outrage the reader. The author brings together the residents of a small village as they are gathered for an annual event referred to as the lottery. The families of the village are represented by their names on small pieces of paper, which are placed in a black box. The appointed townsperson oversees the drawing to determine who pulls the slip of paper that "wins" the drawing. The characters seem ordinary enough, and they appear to be pleasant mild people participating in an innocuous activity.
Mrs. Hutchinson is presented as a blind follower of old tradition, a strong rebellious character and a selfish and careless person in the society. At the beginning of a story, Jackson presents Mrs. Hutchinson a devotee to the old tradition. When Mrs. Hutchinson comes hurriedly to participate in the lottery, she seems very excited. When she arrived little late and said, “Clean forgot what day it was”, the people nearby her laughed softly (Jackson 904-905). Even though she didn’t arrive at the lottery holding place on time she couldn’t reject or unfollow the tradition.
In the short story “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, the author could have used Mrs. Tessie Hutchinson as the town’s scapegoat due to their reluctance to change traditions, her horrible work ethic, and minority status as a woman. In every village it is always difficult to try and change they ways of the people. What one village sees as wrong, another may see as right. Some of the villagers may be stubborn enough to not change traditions that physically affect a person. Mr. Joe Summers is a man who ran the coal business for the village.
The head of the household, the men, all must pull out a piece of paper. The townsfolk talk about how the lottery is done for in nearby towns but others such as Old Man Warner scoff at the idea and say that is not possible young people don't know what they are talking about, the lottery will continue in this town. The drawing starts and people all around are waiting to find out who pulls out the dreaded slip, and it was pulled by Tessie Hutchinson. She tries to avoid being murdered and she even calls attention to her own daughter saying that she should draw from the box also. She is then stoned to death.
Irony is a primary theme that is applied in the lottery story by Shirley Jackson. The first element of irony is present in the first paragraph in the introduction; the setting is introduced as a “clear and sunny day” whereas the day ends with the death of a housewife which is a brutal stoning. The whole concept of a lottery in a layman’s language entails the winning of either cash or prizes, as a result, the reader is forced to be in a situation whereby he/she expects that at the end of the day a resident took a prize home but in the reality, they will be stoned to death by the rest of the residents. It’s very ironic that despite the consideration of the serious outcomes of the lottery, the residents do not make a big issue about it. In addition, most of the traditions the lottery such as the recitals and th... ... middle of paper ... ...hey are aware of the fact that their mother is about to be executed.