Individuals vs. Society Essay

1014 Words Jul 5th, 2002 5 Pages
An individual's role in society can vary with the number themes the characters exhibit. When there are signs of fate, cruelties, weaknesses, and desires for justice and catharsis the role of an individual becomes more complicated. In Antigone, most of those themes are shown thus a single person's influence or role on society is very small and complicated to attain. However in The Lottery the society has most of the control and there is not many signs of those characteristics so the role of a person is simplified because they are nothing compared to the society combined. Finally, in The Penalty of Death, there are signs of many of the themes but since it is the societies influence against that of an individuals, it is simplified because …show more content…
The Lottery has a many themes that the characters or group of characters show. There was fate because no on really knew who would be picked, and when Tessi Hutchinson was picked, it was because of fate. This fate is different than the kind of fate shown in Antigone. In Antigone, the person's actions controls their fate, while in The Lottery there is no action shown which can lead to her fate. It is an act of randomness. Tessi Hutchinson had a weakness which was that she kept on saying, "It isn't fair!" and all sorts of excuses like that to prevent her family or herself from being picked, even though she had gone through the lottery many times before without saying anything. Her weakness is that she cared too much for herself and her family in a society where one person's opinion doesn't matter and it is a dog-eat-dog world. One can clearly tell that, by our definition of cruelty, the actions of the townspeople are cruel. They pick a random person a month from their own to be stoned to death for reasons not comprehensible by us. Tessi defended her family from being picked and stated the picking wasn't fair because she wanted justice. She didn't want any of her family members to die; she wanted someone else to be picked. With all of odds set against an individual, it simplifies their role and influence on society because an individual is considered

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