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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

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    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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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    Traditions are passed on, from previous generations in Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”. Traditions, which have been lost in time, but seemingly enough the stones have not been discarded. Set on a village in a warm summer day, the story begins with several boys gathering stones for the lottery. The rest of the villagers gather in the square. The fate of the villagers is determined by a slip of paper chosen from the black box. Symbolism and characterization, from the beginning to the

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    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

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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

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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

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    Shirley Jackson, the author, begins with a public gathering on a fine day. All the villagers gather in the square, waiting to draw their annual lots. I have been puzzled since the very beginning. Why do the boys fill their pockets with stones? Why are there piles of stones in the corner? What are they used for? As I went on, I kept wondering: why do people appear so serious and nervous? The lottery seems so unusual that it has a special impact on all the people presented. Having finished the story

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    The Role of Tradition in The Lottery Throughout time, tradition has played a key role in all culture's lives. They shape the way a culture lives and interacts with the world around them. Traditions bring one another together and it is a time to enjoy each other's presence. Traditions are carried out because that is what has been done in times passed and that is what people view as the right thing to do. Traditions have been passed down from generation, to generation, to generation. It is

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    Desensitization of Murder in The Lottery

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    On the Desensitization of Murder in The Lottery When someone is a part of or witnesses any one thing enough times, that person will become desensitized to it, whether it is gradually accepting abortion, homosexuality or anything else for that matter. People can even become accustomed to violent murder if it is ingrained into their lives enough. Take the Einsatzgruppen (Nazi Officers that were partly responsible for the death of millions) The Lithuanians showed them how to murder women and children

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    What would happen if an utopia wasn’t all that perfect on the inside? Judging by just the appearance of something may lead to a situation of regret and confusion.” The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas” by Ursula K. Le Guin and “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson address the theme of religious and traditional symbolism.” The Lottery” demonstrates how something that seems so perfect on the outside isn’t all that great on the inside. Symbolism shows the reader that there is a deeper message within the diction

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    1. On June 27, the villagers of a small town got together for the town lottery. There are only 300 people in this village. The summer just started and everyone in the town collected stones together. Then families stand together. Mr. Summers ran the lottery because he does things for the village. A black box is brought out in front of everyone. Mr. Summers mixes up the slips of paper in the box. Then he calls everyone’s name in town. After he finishes calling names, everyone in town opens their papers

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    Shirley Jackson's “The Lottery” shows the reader that the human race will do any horrible act for success, in this case holding a town lottery where the winner is stoned to death in the towns square in hopes of a bountiful corn crop come during harvest time. The lottery is a tradition held in the town annually on June 27 and is done right as the corn is ready to become fruitful. Even in the day and age where technology is used for farming (tractors, plows) to till and harvest the land, this is

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    The Lottery Analysis

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    Did you know that Merle and Patricia Butler from Red Bud, Illinois and three teachers from Baltimore Maryland won the biggest lottery in American history at $656 million dollars? That means every person acquired $218.6 million dollars each from the lottery (Carlyle). Unfortunately, the citizens of Shirley Jacksons’ fantasy short story “The Lottery” were not imbursed with money, but were stoned to death by their peers. “The Lottery” is a lottery of death in which the town uses to keep the population

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    Widely acclaimed as Jackson 's masterpiece, "The Lottery" combines elements of horror, irony, domestic tranquility, and convention. The suburban setting of "The Lottery" is important. It was modeled after the Vermont community in which Jackson herself spent much of her adult life. The town in which the lottery takes place is described as an ordinary and pleasant community. The children were more than excited to play with each other in the upcoming summer. They tended to gather together quietly for

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    In Shirley Jackson’s short story “The Lottery”, she begins setting up conflict from the very first sentence. Jackson starts off by setting a beautiful scene of a clear and sunny day with green grass and blooming flowers as the backdrop for a horrific process, the lottery. The lottery is a long-standing tradition in the town and causes the members of the community to choose the love of family and friends or to conform to society expectations. The tradition is so entrenched that the community blindly

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