It is such an exciting thing to wait for the biggest prize to be announced who gets it. However, this lucky winner of the lottery will get stoned to death instead of having money or goods. The villagers are just blindly following the traditional without questioning anything. Even though they just killed somebody they are familiar with, they act like that just as normal as if the things happened every day. After I read, the villagers are really rooted in traditions and superstitions.
In the story “The Lottery” tradition is something highly sought after by the inhabitants regardless of the little benefits tradition brings. Progression is slow down within the society of “The Lottery” because of how highly traditions are valued amongst the citizens. The tradition of the lottery has shown its negative impact on the younger ones. Children have their mind set that the tradition is something to follow as it is greatly anticipated by the public. Tradition has manipulated the mind of the eager children to “stuffed [their] pockets full of stones,” (43) before the lottery has even begun.
The character Old Man Warner, the only person left of an older generation, is the only person who really holds the significance of the lottery, which is to bring in a plentiful harvest while the others have lost sight of the real reason and seem to participate only out of joy in violently killing someone. Griffin then goes on to write about what the lottery represented in the past and how it has lost meaning to most and after the decisions are made, people turn on each other as a means of survival and then have fun taking a life. Finally, griffin ends with the comment “Although civilized people may no longer
One example of a character is Old Man Warner. When someone tells him they have quit doing the lottery Burge, 2 in other communities he says “pack of crazy fools” (Jackson, 3). Another character that explains theme is the Hutchison family. Even though everyone was worried that Little Dave would get picked no one resisted against the lottery. Also Tessie tried objecting and no one took her side and helped her.
In “The Lottery” Chris Abani shows how religion was a big part of his village. First, people have different views on what’s just and not just. This is way crimes such as murders are committed by some and not by others. One day in Chris’ village a man was accused of stealing and he wasn’t given a trial. Chris’ religious aunt slapped the man on his way out the store which showed that she thought the man was a disgrace.
If I string it and shoot an arrow through the axeheads it won’t bother me if my mother leaves with someone else because at least I’ll be capable of matching my father’s prowess,” said Telemachus (325,111). He was also just as brave as his father when he goes on a journey to look for his father even though he had no idea where he was and he knew that he would have gotten killed but still took that stand and went on. He was courageous enough to even think about that idea to go in search for his father. He wanted look for Odysseus because he was worried sick for him and he wanted to know what had happened to his beloved
After the Hutchinson’s family name is drawn, Tessie shouts to Mr. Summers, “You didn’t give him time enough to take any paper he wanted. I saw you. It wasn’t fair!” (263). Tessie rushes Bill up there to draw for the family then turns around and tells the crowd he is rushed. This is ironic because up until the drawing Tessie is calm and supports the lottery: not arguing that Bill is rushed.
Murderer or hero? My fate hangs on the edge of this razor blade.”(Tellez346). If he had killed the captain, the barber would have to flee town to avoid getting caught, and this would cost him his most valued passion—being a barber. Maida asked her Uncle Nathan if he had a choice and he would always say I wanted both. This clearly shows Nathans lack of decision making skills which lead to his incomplete life.
Duddy is struggling to obtain the last of his money, so that he can buy the last piece of land. With Hugh Thomas Calder rejecting Duddy his money, we see Duddy has no resources left and stoops as low as he can by stealing Virgil’s money. Duddy’s endeavor to become somebody is represented through Simcha’s famous words: “A man without land is nothing.” (Richler, 2001, p. 49). Duddy overanalyzes this phrase, and becomes manic to achieve Simchas words. When Duddy finally achieves this goal of owning land, he is so proud of himself, almost ignoring the sacrifices others have made for him, and the ruthless actions he took to get into this position.
As Warner puts it, "seventy-seventh year I been in the lottery.” (1217) Jackson uses Warner's own viewpoint on his continual luck to add drama to the large amount of time he has survived. One might say that Warner's luck is in connection with the fact that he has been the most obedient person and he is the only person who does not want to get rid of the lottery. Others, however, might say that it is a direct association that Warner is not being chosen in the lotteries because he is obeying tradition and he is being rewarded for doing so. When Mr. Adams tells Warner that "over in the north village they're talking of giving up the lottery,"(1217) Warner reprimands with, "pack of crazy fools, listening to the young folks, nothing's good enough for them. "(1217) Old Man Warner is usually understood to be the most symbolically evil supporter of custom, but he is simply the most sincere.