Rajm Essays

  • Satire In The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

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    “Stop!” the German soldier called. The young boy stood stunned in his tracks. He couldn't breathe, couldn't see clearly, couldn't move for fear of being shot. The German too, was young and confused. His leaders had told him to do away with anyone that wasn't Aryan. His finger trembled uncertainly on the trigger. There was no other option, and yet there was no reason to hurt the petrified boy who paled before him. The boy, doomed to death from a variable he could not control, gazed into the German's

  • Examples Of Traditions And Norms In The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

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    Traditions and Norms “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, is a short story about villagers that gather in the square to participate in a lottery. The lottery is run by Mr.Summers, the village patriarch who decides all the big events. Children go and start collecting stones until the children’s parents tell them to come back. Mrs.Hutchinson (Tessie) arrives late, and starts to chat with her friend Mrs.Delacroix. Tessie draws a slip of paper, with a black dot on it, the one that Mr.Summers had put on

  • Groupthink In The Lottery

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    Groupthink, the joining of individual rationals in an effort to arrive at a functional decision making strategy within a faction. “In many cases, people will set aside their own personal beliefs or adopt the opinion of the rest of the group”, Many seem to believe that this concept is the source of all solutions, others refer to it as a source of controversy. The “Lottery” a story written by Shirley Jackson and a movie entitled The Village portray different interpretations of groupthink and readers/viewers

  • Humanity Exposed In Shirley Jackson's The Lottery

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    “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson is a short story involving senseless killings of innocent villagers. Each year an innocent soul is randomly picked to be a victim of the lottery. At the end, the one holding the paper marked with a black dot is stoned to death. The lottery shows how cruel the world can be when people are subjected to a certain culture. The villagers are exhilarated by performing these inhumane acts and are quick to abandon their loved ones by simply following a tradition. In the

  • Shirley Jackson Blindly In The Lottery

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    The lottery is a fictional story of blindly following an old tradition, in this case to have rain fall for a good crop and harvest that year, people once a year coming together and drawing their fate if they would be sacrificed that year. This is a social problem due to blindly following from sheep mentality even stoning your own mother near the end where, “someone gave little Davy Hutchinson a few pebbles.” A small child was just carelessly asked or even encouraged to do so. The shock factor from

  • 'The Lottery ', My First Conk'

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    Everyone can pant a pretty picture of how wonderful their life may be. In fact, doing so may come with a consequences. Reading these three short stories “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, “Shooting an Elephant” by George Orwell and a short biography by Malcolm X called “My First Conk”, set off many different emotions. I felt as these author’s wanted to me to feel in such way. I believe there is a life lesion in every life story someone has to share, no matter how small or big. Jackson pants what

  • Theme Of Irony In The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

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    “Charles” is written by Shirley Jackson. It is about a young boy named Laurie who had just started kindergarten. Every day when Laurie comes home from school he tells his parents about a boy in his class named Charles who is a very ornery boy. His parents become used to the routine of Laurie coming home and telling the stories about Charles and his bad deeds. Throughout the story you will find many examples of irony. One example of this irony is how Laurie speaks disrespectfully to his parents and

  • Lottery The Lottery

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    Most people are hopeful to win a prize when they think of the lottery, but that is not the case in Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”. In this short story, winning the lottery is a bad thing, not a good thing. If someone were to win the lottery in this case, he or she would be stoned to death. To determine who is the lucky winner of this dreadful lottery, the man of each household is to pick a piece of paper outside of a black box and the one with a black dot on the paper is the winning family. Then

  • Analysis Of Jackson's The Lottery

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    Jackson 's "The Lottery"; 1. The narrator was from a dramatic, objective point of view. The narrator sees all that is going on but does not know all, such as the lottery choosing who will be stoned. The narrator only provides the information that is currently going on, they do not draw conclusions or interpretations. It is written more like a show that you watch where you can only see what is currently happening, but you can see what is currently happening for everyone. 2. If this story was

  • Antigone's Masochism

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    Masochist. What is a masochist? A masochist is someone who hurts themselves. A masochist not only hurts themselves, but they find pleasure in hurting themselves. A masochist is frowned upon by society. According to Dictionary.com masochism is “gratification gained from pain, deprivation, degradation, etc., inflicted or imposed on oneself, either as a result of one's own actions or the actions of others, especially the tendency to seek this form of gratification.” Modern day masochists enjoy cutting

  • Tradition is the Guide of the Ignorant in The Lottery

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    Tradition is the Guide of the Ignorant in The Lottery In "The Lottery" author Shirley Jackson takes us to a place in which a tradition is passed down generation after generation. However, over the years, the "lottery" has lost any significant meaning and the villagers follow tradition without even knowing why the tradition exists. In this short story, a lottery is held every June 26th of each year. The lottery consists of every man of each household to pick a piece of paper out of a box. One

  • Symbolism in The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson

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    The Lottery: Symbolism In her story “The Lottery”, Shirley Jackson manages to catch the readers’ attention and ultimately shock them with an unexpected ending; all of which help her emphasize her critique toward the dark side of human nature and the evil that resides, sometimes, in those who we less expect it from. Jackson uses symbolism throughout the story that helps her set the mood and also makes the readers wonder and analyze the senseless violence and cruelty in their own lives. It all starts

  • Traditions in A Moment Before the Gun Went Off and The Lottery

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    In the stories "A Moment before The Gun Went Off" and "The Lottery," there is the situation in which a group of people cling to traditions very blindly. In both stories the traditions are so dug into the people's way of life that questioning them is considered sacrilege within these communities. Furthermore, the members of the community no longer even remember why the traditions were set up in the fist place. They follow the traditions simply because their predecessors followed

  • Character Analysis of “The Narrator/Bill Hutchinson/ Mr. Summers” in “The Lottery”

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    The play that the group and I are performing is an adaption of the short story “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson” the original story was wrote the same month it was first published on the June 26, 1948. When it was first published it caused a lot of outrage because of the chilling realization of what is the prize of the lottery. Her target audience was the whole population of people in the world. She wanted to show how people can become complacent and allow anything to go on if it is tradition. The

  • Ritual In The Lottery

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    “The Lottery” written by Shirley Jackson is about a town coming together to hold a lottery. The twist being the winner of the lottery gets stoned to death by the town members. No one really know why their town and the ones surrounding it keep the practice going. But no one stops the ceremony they just know it is an event that happens every year for the past seventy seven years. Through the characters and the ritual of the lottery Jackson demonstrates how people blindly follow their traditions without

  • Symbolism In The Lottery

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    Symbolism is the use of symbols to represent ideas or qualities. Many things can be used as symbolism such as colors, symbols, and objects. Symbolism is used to give another meaning to a character, word, or object and give a deeper meaning to something. The color black is often symbolized as evil or death, while the color white is categorized as life and innocence. The Christian cross can also symbolize many things such as hope, faith, and forgiveness. Objects may also symbolize things such as a

  • Christmas In The Lottery

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    The cruelty of belief that leads to the celebration of happiness has shown in the short story called “The Lottery,” by Shirley Jackson. As the villagers, in this story, slay one of their neighbors every year, they believe that this sacrifice is going to bring them abundantly crops. People in this village seem to concede to this tradition without flout. Just as in Christmas, Jesus Christ, who is a scapegoat, volunteer himself to the sacrifice for everyone’s sin. People celebrate this tradition remembering

  • Paraphernalia In The Lottery

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    The Lottery In the story “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, is about an unusual lottery that one would not expect. This lottery leads to an annual sacrifice to keep the village from turning into chaos. But over the years many of the rituals have been forgotten. The one this that hasn’t been forgotten is using stones to murder people and this will always stay a tradition. This show that people wont stray from tradition and a way Jackson shows this without giving out the meaning of the story is by

  • The Significance Of Tradition In Shirley Jackson's The Lottery

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    It can be outrageous how people blindly follow tradition without knowing the history behind it or the ritual that started it all? In Shirley Jackson's, “The Lottery” the characters are living in a very small village that hosts the lottery. The lottery started off as a ritual that the founders of the village believed; When the lottery is over, the crops would grow. This ritual soon became a tradition. The time has come and Mr. Summers and the other characters that live in the village are ready for

  • Negative Effects On People In The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

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    Traditions define cultures from all over the world; however, some are done without knowing its true meaning or its possible negative effects. “The Lottery” is about a small town that traditionally holds an annual lottery that selects one person at random to die. No one in the town truly knows why the ritual is done or how immoral it is, just that it has always been done. Using foreshadowing and characterization, Shirley Jackson shows how tradition can have negative effects on people in “The Lottery”