During this event, the entire town gathers around and begins the ceremony. The family heads go forward and select a paper from the black box. Whoever receives the paper with the black mark will get stoned by the entire village. This is a very cruel, bizarre, and unusual tradition the citizens follow. It is a ritual that no one has the courage to go against because they have been practicing it for years.
This terrible tradition is placed into the lives of the descendants of the town, so it is passed on from generation to generation. All these people are taught to let the evil inside of them loose during the lottery. The evil in the people is brought out during the lottery. It is more of an evil that is held in, rather than hidden. All of this evil comes out once a year for the lottery and takes over the mind and body of all of its participants, which makes them see this ritual as a normal tradition that has been kept alive for many years.
Importance of Folk Cultures Folk cultures are the backbones that shape and mold every individual during their lifetime. It is a blend of traditions and skills, foods, beliefs, heritage and shared values that are taught and/or passed down from generation to generation providing a common identity or direction for people within a family or community. With our modern day technology and ever changing society, it is important to keep folk cultures alive and not allow them to slip away. As Rose stated, “It is the harmonic convenience of our food, our music, our creativity, our eccentricity, our neighborhoods, and our joy of living. All at once” (129).
Schulz’s timeless works have influenced multiple generations. The Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and Christmas specials are still aired yearly. The Snoopy amusement park is ever popular, and the comics are still featured in some newspapers. Charlie Brown and his friends provided hope and insight during the trying times of war. By keeping current trends central to his comics, Schulz allowed everyone in his audience to feel involved in the strip’s comedy.
All the families from the town participate; whoever receives the black dot in their paper, one of the family members will be stoned to death. In “The Lottery” the themes are represented within the characters and events in the village. Jackson shows that tradition, one of the biggest themes in this short story, is broken. If a tradition is kept on through the years, the meaning should not be forgotten, but in this town they have
The person to draw the winning marked ticket was stoned to death in the square by the entire town. The ending of the short story shocks most readers, as one usually views the winner of a lottery as being lucky instead of unlucky. In “The Lottery” written by Jackson, symbolism is used throughout the story through objects, traditions
Even though the tradition is sickening, the people still partake in it every year. Old Man Warner seems to be a character who is an influence for the lottery. In the story Mr. Adams mentions to Old Man Warner that they are talking about giving up the lottery in the north village. Old Man Warner replied, “Pack of crazy fools, listening to the young folks, nothing’s good enough for them. 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.
Every year, the lottery is held, and every year a person is killed. Each villager neglects to acknowledge the unjustness of the lottery and continue to participate because of the tradition it represents in their society. The lottery was a cultural tradition passed down from the very first settlers of the village. It makes up a huge part of the village’s history and culture. The villagers pay recognition to their culture by continuing the tradition of the lottery even though the lottery is not morally right.
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
The town’s inexplicable behavior derives from following an ancient, ludicrous tradition. With the omission of one man, no one in the community comprehends the tradition. In the case of “The Lottery,” the town slays an irreproachable victim each year because of a ritual. Shirley Jackson exposes the dangers of aimlessly following a tradition in “The Lottery.” Jackson not only questions the problem, but through thorough evaluation she an deciphers the problem as well. Toward the finale of the short story, Shirley Jackson, the author of “The Lottery” declares, “Although the villagers had forgotten the ritual and lost the black box, they still remembered to use stones” (873).