Character Analysis: The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

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Do You Think You Have Character? When faced with a conflict do you think you have the character to overcome it, and deal with it? When society around you has a direct set of rules that everyone follows, do you think you would also be able to follow those rules? Character can be defined in two ways, the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual, or a person in a novel, play or movie. The difference of the two is, one is how you truly are and the other is just a mask of your true self. In the story “The Lottery” written by Shirley Jackson, a society is set with a “tradition”, ironically called The Lottery. A small town gathers on this day, and there is a name chosen and that person is “assigned” to be killed. The people …show more content…
We live in a culture where standing up for things like that is okay, everybody is entitled to their own opinion and beliefs. This is a different story in let’s say, North Korea. If you stand up for what you believe, your life is on the line. In this village people are scared to stand up for what they believe in. With a population of just over 300, if you decide to voice your opinion and no one else agrees bad things can come your way. “Pack of crazy fools, listening to the young folks, nothing’s good enough for them. Next thing you know they’ll be wanting to go back to living in caves, nobody works anymore, live hat way for awhile. Used to be saying about ‘Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon.” Even if people believed that, the lottery is a bad thing, they also believe good things follow. This story is being taken place a short period after WWII, where people 's incomes and livelihoods depended on farming and livestock. If you can’t produce the goods, then you are almost as good as being …show more content…
We are told to stand up, face the flag, and recite a pledge we all know by heart. The reason we do this is to show ‘patriotism’ but in reality no one is watching us do this, and we are not required to participate in the pledge. In the story the ‘black box’ is looked too as the “box of death.” Every year people dread this day, knowing themselves or their family members might die. People have incorporated the “lottery” in their lives, every year each villager knows they face death. This is one way the people in the village’s, character were built up. The pledge of allegiance can almost be related to the “black box”, no one knows why it 's there and why they do it. It’s just something that’s always been there and something everybody else does, so they do it also. If during the pledge you decide not to stand up and recite the pledge, no one will say anything to you. We as the citizens of the U.S have the right not to participate. If someone decided not to participate in “the lottery” would the story have been different? Would the village still continue the

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