Human Nature In The Lottery

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The true form of human nature is shown through short stories. “Short stories are like tiny mirrors through which we can examine the best and worst attributes of human nature” (Wright). We, as humans, could observe the best and worst attributes are use these short stories to critic the behavior of humans to improve our negative aspects and show our positive side. The two short stories, “The Lottery”, by Shirley Jackson, and “Harrison Bergeron”, by Kurt Vonnegut Jr., both accurately depict the flaws and beauties of human nature. Through characterization, mood, and imagery, the best and worst attributes of human nature is presented in “The Lottery” and “Harrison Bergeron”.

The selfish and compassionate aspects of human nature in “The Lottery”
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First the feeling of relief was felt amongst the crowd. “The crowd was quiet. A girl whispered, ‘I hope it’s not Nancy,’...Mr. Graves opened the slip of paper and there was a general sign through the crowd as he held it up and everyone could see that it was blank”(Vonnegut). A first, there was a feeling of suspense and anxiety throughout the crowd. They felt a feeling of deep sympathy and worry for the children. Though they do not care for the idea of someone dying, they care for a child dying torturously. Relief was felt when the crowd found out that the kids were not going to get stoned to death. The short story, “The Lottery”, presents that there are more bad attributes of human nature than good, but no matter how horrible humans can be, they still have good qualities in them even if it is not …show more content…
The story starts off with a great deal of negativity of how the world is ran in the year 2081. People who were more intelligent than the average person would have a mental handicap radio in his ear which is connected to the government transmitter. “A buzzer sounded in George’s head. His thoughts fled in panic, like bandits from a burglar alarm”(Vonnegut). This imagery shows how powerful the transmitter is. It causes him to forget any thought he was having. It restricted him from having an imagination, to have a unique mind. This shows how small minded people aree. The government and leaders in the story believe that restricting people of their creativity and snatching their intelligence makes the world a better place. They believe in a basic and equal world with absolutely no diversity is best. Many people in this world are so arrogant, because think that what they themselves think is best. Some people are just not open to change. They will try to obliterate anything or anyone that is different and they are okay with only people who are just like themselves. This short story also displays beauties of human nature as

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