Prof. Nayef. Al-Joulan's The Lottery

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In support of my paper analyzing the idea that traditions influence people’s choices I have chosen a secondary source related to traditions. Using the writing “The Lottery” (Jackson 416) as an example and a paper written by Prof. Nayef Ali Q. Al-Joulan comparing the allegory described in the “The Lottery” to that of Islamic traditions. Pof. Nayef Ali Q. Al-Joulan begins by describing the structure of the story. He notes that the words chosen by Jackson pulls her reader in even though her reader is being subjected to what turns out to be a women getting stoned to death. After the first publication of “The Lottery” in the New Yorker in 1948 the overwhelming response from reader was for Jackson to reveal the intent of her story. There were many different views of what was meant by the story some reflected upon the traditions sited within the story, others offering the story was influenced by Jackson’s personal life. Prof. Nayef Ali Q. Al-Joulan identifies symbols with the story and compares to Islam symbols, he begins with the black box which in the story is used to hold a piece of folded paper representing each person in the town. Each member of the town is called out by name five times to choose a piece of paper from the box. Once all the town members have a piece of paper then each unfolds the paper to identify who has the paper with a mark. The individual with the paper containing a mark is then stoned by the rest of the town. In the Islamic traditions there too was the significance of the Al-Ka’ba and the black stone corner stone to the Islamic tradition as the black box was the corner stone to the traditions outlined in “The Lottery”. The repeating of the town name…show more content…
Cross- Cultural Communication 6.2: 29-39 -Kirszner & Mandell Eighth Editions, Compact Literature Reading Reacting

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