These stories were similar because both of the stories started off as an innocent pleasant sunny days, “With a clamor of bell that set the swallows soaring, the festival of summer came to the city. Omelas bright towered by the sea.” (Le Guin 258). “The morning of June 27th was clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a full summer day” (Jackson 263). Both stories contains a gathering in the story “The ones who walked away” “Old people in long stiff robes of mauve and grey, grave master workmen, quiet, merry women carrying their babies and chatting as they walked” (Le Guin 258), as well people were dancing, music and singing. In the story “Lottery” “Men were gathered in a corner telling stories smiled rather than laughing, the women were wearing faded house dresses and sweaters” (Jackson 263).
In “The Lottery”, the setting is a summer day, June 27th, with a nice clear and sunny sky. It had the warmth of a full-summer day, the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green. The setting of “The Lottery” showed situational irony because when a person thinks of a nice clear sky, it is usually visualized as a nice society with many positive things happening. In reality though, the society was full of killing. On the other hand, “Catching Fire’s” setting was placed in the winter time with a dark and gloomy society.
Emily met a Yankee (Homer Barron) they got aquatinted very well and were seen together in town, people in town began to think maybe Emily found happiness. She soon found out by Homer that he liked men and couldn’t be married, but will accompany
A partnership in generation, member FDIC.” It went something like that. The reason I think I remember it is because of the catchy jingle they’d sing. And to this day, whenever I think of banks, they are the first ones that come to mind. Another ad I remember is the Kit Kat commercials on TV. Just yesterday, I caught myself humming “Give me a break, Give me a break, break me off a piece of that Kit Kat Bar.” I also love how you can actually hear the “crunch” of the candy bar on TV, it makes me want to go to the store and grab one.
The beginning of the story starts out wonderful, a beautiful city, clamoring of bells, swallows soaring, boats that sparkle with flags and a field with young people naked and horses with streamers of silver, gold, and green (Le Guin, pg.1311). The narrator tells us a festival is going on, a joyful time to be had by all. The narrator works hard to convince the reader that Omelas is perfect in the beginning of the story. The narrator knows the reader does not truly believe in the perfection of a place. The narrator tells us this in so many words, how the reader can add to the story if they so wish too.
The Control of the Crowd When reading Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”, the most disturbing concept brought forth is the dominating and destructive control mob mentality can have over a person. It can be seen through not only the mindless obedience of the village, but also the instant severance of emotional connection even between families, and the long and continuous hold it has had on this town through the guise of “tradition”. This whole story cleverly shows how an entire group of people can be misguided until not even one person knows why they are doing what they do. The first question many would ask after reading this story would be why the town continues with this horrible event year after year. This is due to the power of group pressure which suppresses and shuns the views of the individual.
The best example of deceit in the book is when Spade has Brigid arrested in the end. She thinks that she lured him in with love, but he turns on her in the end. The evil tendencies of the group seemed to rub off on Spade by the end. In conclusion, the search for the Maltese Falcon failed. The goose chase that everyone went through turned out not to be worth it except for Spade.
The boy was “certainly tweaked at an angle” and thus is expected to be violent. This further removes his sense of belonging with the remainder of his community. Similarly, the character of Cecilia from The Virgin Suicides suffers mental issues thus disallowing an understanding of the remaining sister’s characters to be made. “Do we seem as crazy as everyone thinks? … Cecilia was weird but we’re not.” The subject “we” enhances the community’s perception of the sisters as a whole.
It almost leads us to question Henry’s morals if he is willing to kill infants. Although we assume that Henry is just playing up what will happen because he hasn’t lost control of them yet we have to play with the notion that Henry isn’t on as high of a moral ground as we thought even though it might be a just ground. This speech also uses a lot more detail to describe certain events than the other two speeches. He vividly states, “ the blind and bloody soldier with foul hand defile the locks of your shrill-shrieking daughters:”(34-35). This is very detailed and horrific because he is saying he won’t be able to stop his soldiers from raping the women in the city.
“The Lottery Tradition” “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson begins in a small town with a description of a bright and serene setting in a small village. The morning the event took place was clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a full-summer day; the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green. It appears that the town is gathering for an important event. Jackson portrays a picture of innocent children playing together; who seem eager for the lottery to take place. As the story continues there is an awareness that the event taking place is not something positive that they look forward to.