Shirley Jackson wrote this story to shock her audience. She wanted to show a tradition that is highly corrupted taking place in a small and what seems to be, a normal town. The word, “tradition” means inherited or established customs or actions, In the story, some townsmen are talking about other towns getting rid of their lottery. The Old Man Warner says, “Nothing but trouble in that, pack of young fools.”(Jackson) He is referring to the other villages that have abolished this tradition. He also states that it is the seventy-seventh time he has attended the lottery, as if to say it has been around for a long time and will continue to be around.
Whole town think that Homer and Emily would get married soon. Homer changes Emily's life from secluding herself from society to being out in the world on her own. She also longs for a love to fill a void in her heart after her father's death. It is also represented by the narrator 'we', "She will marry him, She will persuade him yet". But their relationship between Emily and Homer don't develop to marriage even though Emily is seen to arrange the marriage with Homer.
“Was that why I was here? Not only to insure the survival of one accident-prone small boy, but to insure my family’s survival, my own birth.” (Page 29). It isn’t until Dana’s second trip into the ante bellum Maryland that this idea of how crucial the survival of Rufus – her ancestor – is to her. Theoritically, the survival of Rufus and the birth of Hagar will warrant the birth of Dana so it’s only natural that Dana struggles to save Rufus despite the fact he mentally and physically abuses her by having her whipped, forcing her to work in the cotton field which strips Dana of her dignity and identity as an independent woman. As Carrie points out to Dana, “Margaret Weylin could not run the plantation.
For that reason, the lottery itself represents the uncertain traditions that are inherited and are still in use. The lottery box which had existed since the origin of the lottery symbolizes the faith of the public towards an illogical tradition. As Jackson stated, “Mr. Summers spoke frequently to the villagers about making a new box, but no one liked to upset even as much as the tradition as was represented by the
Grandma represents the past with her strong “southern hospitality” heritage. Later on she even states, “In my time…children were more respectful of their native states and their parents and everything else. People did right then.” The grandchildren, however, are a product of where this gap between social courtesy and lack of discipline apply. In the beginning of the story June Star rudely comments to her grandmother, “She wouldn’t’ stay home for a million bucks, afraid she’d miss something. She has to go everywhere we go.” When John Wesley was asked by the grandmother what he would do if confronted by the Misfit his reply was, “I’d smack his face.” But in the end we find this to be very untrue.
He is younger than Hulga. When he arrives to sell his bibles at the Hopewell home he presents himself as a pious soul with a devotion to missionary work. As he tells his story to the gullable Mrs. Hopewell, he tells her that he is a simple, country boy, with a heart condition. Like a key in a lock, the words from Mr. Pointer cause Mrs. Hopewell to invite him to dinner. Hulga over hears much of this conversation and tells her mother to “get rid of the salt of the earth.” (p.465) Hulga is suspicious of Manly, yet Mrs. Hopewell can only think about possibility of the yong man being a positive influence on her daughter.
And Jesus came into your life! And God was with you from then on!” (para.2) Sentences and these exclamation marks help Hughes’s aunt’s point of view standing out, and persuaded him to believe in Jesus. Keeping on waiting and being scared by the adult, he had to save himself without seeing any god. “But I was really crying because I couldn’t bear to tell her that I had lied, that I had deceived everybody in the church, and I hadn’t seen Jesus and that now I didn’t believe there was a
unknown English 102 Professor 2012 First Person Narrative from "The Lottery" People ain't the way they used to be. I know for a fact that they aren't. I have been around for seventy seven lotteries and have seen the changes that our townspeople have gone through. From fear of death, the great unknown, some of them are wanting to totally remove the lottery, a tradition that has been going on since before I was even born. I know that it seems primitive, I know it seems cannibalistic, but it keeps us sane.
Willy would lie to his wife about how much money was made, would borrow money from his neighbor to cover the extra money made that he made but didn’t (Casper1010, 2014). Troy ignores what his wife is going through in another fashion as Rose likes to play the lottery and Troy puts her down because of that. Rose played the lottery to deal with that fact that life was hard and said by Cory that she was afraid of Troy sometimes. Another part of both plays that are similar is the subject of sports as both characters have sons who want to play collegiate sports. Biff and Cory get different vibes as Willy gives support where Troy does everything to put it in a negative light.
The constant depiction of what symbolizes that society as ridiculous and insufficient is a great part of the book and Graves, as a character, comes to gradually shed them away as he progresses through the story. His religion is inherited from his family and environment, ‘I had never met an unbeliever’ (p. 19). However, this changed upon experiencing the atrocities of war; it was difficult to stay a believer under those circumstances. Graves mentions his change in faith when saying “I rode over to his billets one afternoon (his being his friend Raymond), having by then become a complete