Analysis Of The Lottery By Shirly Jackson

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Barbara’s quote is shown in the story, “The Lottery”, by Shirly Jackson. “The Lottery is about a small village that has a strange custom. Every year, before the harvesting season, they hold a drawing, or a lottery. At the beginning of the story, it seems innocent enough, but as the story goes on, it becomes apparent that the drawing may be a little more sinister than previously believed. In a twist ending, one of the women in the town, who wins the lottery, is the target of a stoning that was the true outcome of winning the lottery. The reason for having the lottery is simply that it is a tradition passed on for generations. It is meant to be a good omen for the impending harvest. Barbara’s idea is shown many times throughout the story. One …show more content…
“The Lottery” is an extreme example of how accepting others, and in the case of “The Lottery”, ancestors, can lead to disaster. However, the story did show a great example of peoples’ will to blindly accept the people around them. When told that other villages had stopped, the oldest man in the village said, “‘Pack of crazy fools… Listening to the young folks, nothing’s good enough for them… Used to be a saying about ‘Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon [next] thing you know, we’d all be eating stewed chickweed and acorns’” (Jackson 7). At first, he said that the lottery was necessary, and the young people are crazy fools, just to contradict himself later, saying that the lottery does not work, and they will eat chickweed and acorns instead of corn. Basically, it is an example of peoples’ blind willingness to accept people, and in this case, their ancestors and their traditions. The story, “What, of This Goldfish, Would You Wish?” by Etgar Keret is another story that shows Barbara’s quote. Unlike “The Lottery”, …show more content…
“Without Title” is narrated by a girl, and is about the traditions her father can no longer be a part of after the buffalo were wiped out. Her family is native american, and can no longer participate in traditions that they used to after the buffalo, their main source of materials, is killed off by white hunters. The poem is basically showing that the hunters did not accept their people, or their way of life, and killed off all of the buffalo. “Without Title” is a big example of Barbara’s quote, because the whole poem is implying that the lost power of the native americans is because of the white people killing off the buffalo, and the white peoples’ nonacceptance of their

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