Catching Fire and The Lottery Have you ever read a story that was similar and different in many ways? Well, the stories “The Lottery” and “Catching Fire” are just that. These two novels were surprisingly alike in many ways, but they also had their differences. “The Lottery” is a short novel by Shirley Jackson that shows conformity to the next level. Everyone in town would gather in the square every year for a ritual held by Mr. Summers.
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Since the town is so little news and rumors spread quickly through their community. Those stories included the ones created about the legend Boo Radley. Dill, a friend of the Finch children, stays in their neighborhood ever summer. He is very interested in Boo Radley and decides to investigate the Radley property. But, Dill’s idea gets Jem shot at by Boo Radley’s older brother Nathan.
Where Loyalty Lies "From the summer of my twelfth year I carry a series of images more vivid and lasting then any others of my boyhood and indelible beyond all attempts the years make to erase or fade them..." (Watson 11). The novel Montana 1948, by Larry Watson, follows the events that take place in the summer of 1948, and is seen through the eyes of a twelve year old boy. The boy, David, wasn't truly able to grasp what had taken place that summer, but he did see how the murder of Marie affected the ethics of his family and his town. The characters in the novel face many trials that ultimately test their loyalty. It painted a clear picture for him of who was loyal and who betrayed.
Another example of Jackson's use of symbolism would be the names of the townspeople. Mr. Summer's name represents the irony in the story because summer is thought to be such a joyous time, but he himself is the lottery official who has presided over this shocking, deadly ritual each and every year. Mr. Summers has to be sworn in to preside over the proceeding by Mr. Graves, “Graves” indicative of the deadly events forthcoming. Perhaps Jackson sought to create balance by using both Mr. Summers and Mr. Graves to share in the ritual's responsibilities to emphasize the allegory of life and
Death, Taxes and the Lottery In the chilling tale of The Lottery, Shirley Jackson uses many examples of symbolism and allegory to further deepen the meaning and breadth of the story. For a relatively short story only containing a little over 3,000 words, a reader would be hard pressed to find many other stories which contain comparable levels of these elements. One in particular is the use of family and societal norms throughout the tale. A village in many ways is very similar to a large family. It has an empirical structure broken down by a mayor (father), or board of trustees (father, mother, grandparents) and various secretaries ( uncles, aunts, older siblings).
Symbolism Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” is a short story about an annual lottery draw in a small rural town that has been held for over seventy-seven years. Every year all the families gather for the yearly event to draw and see who will be randomly chosen to be violently stoned to death by friends and family. Shirley Jackson uses symbolism in names, objects and even the setting to obscure the meaning and the purpose of the lottery. Furthermore, I will interpret and explain what I believe those names and symbols signify. The names of each character hold a significant meaning to the plot of the story.
She is desirable in many ways and men see her as a perfect catch. However, perceptions on Judy are skewed because she is not all she's made up to be. Judy is like the American Dream to Dexter because he is trying to achieve something great by making Judy his own. She is the epitome of the dream woman just like the American Dream suggests if you work hard you have the chance to be happy and live a successful life. Dexter believes if he has Judy he will be happy and satisfied with his life.
A major character in this story is Charles Trask. What motivates his actions is the fact that he thinks their father, Cyrus, loves his stepbrother more than him. An inner conflict that Charles has is jealousy. He would always beat Adam up when they were young teenagers but once Adam left for the Army, Charles realized that he actually missed him. Once Adam comes back, he tells Charles that he escaped from jail which makes Charles feel better about himself.
I personally believe that both William Safire and Alan Dershowitz have a good argument. Dershowitz is pointing out the positive aspects of having National ID cards while Safire points out the negative. I agree with both of them. I think that the ID would give us more security and would make me feel safer about what goes on around me everyday. I do also believe that it would be a gateway for law enforcement to be able to exploit people more often and pick on them because of something on their record.