Omelas Justice In The Lottery, By Shirley Jackson

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The Lottery by Shirley Jackson takes place on June 27th where the villagers are all about to gather around the town square for the lottery. There are children playing, gathering rocks and putting them into a pile. The village consisted of around three-hundred people in this village compared to other villages this one was a lot smaller because it only took this village about a couple of hours to do while others it can take up to days. While the children were the first ones at the square others quickly flowed in. Families are all to stand by each other, while Mr. Summers sits in the middle of the square with a mysterious black box. The box holds names of the villagers and is soon someone will receive the black dot, which means that they will …show more content…
According to Le Guin “They leave Omelas, they walk ahead into the darkness, and they do not come back.” “The place they go towards is a place even less imaginable to most of us than the city of happiness.” (The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas pg.4) Some adults and some children have gone to see the child in the cellar and it is an unbearable site. A small malnourished kid who is not even a teenager yet sits, cold wet in the corner of the cellar just waiting to get out, covered in basically nothing. After people see this site they chose not to live there anymore because they feel one should not have to suffer so they can live a happy life. Some probably look at the child in the cellar and compare them to there own kids and think why is this ok? What if this was my child? People do not care that when they walk out of the city where they will end up because they are so sicken that something like that is ok to do. The people that are selfish simply do not care if there is a child down there. They all care about just being happy and living the way they are now. Those are the ones that probably haven’t stepped down to even look at the child because they know that if they see the kid they would not want to live the same way …show more content…
Selfishness is a huge role in both of these stories because most everyone does whatever is going to benefit themselves an or the happiness of others. In The Lottery they are all so selfish in not changing the tradition that they do not care that someone’s lives at stake. They are being selfish and doing what is good for the village. But how could killing someone be benefit the village? How could so many be ok with killing someone? The outcome of the village should be based on all the villagers that a simply apart of the village and how they all can bring something different to the table than someone else. According to Le Guin “One of them may come and kick the child to make it stand up.” ( The Ones That Walk Away From Omelas pg.3) Now that is the most selfish thing again because as people come down and see the child they are abusing him to make themselves feel better about there own lives. The child probably looks at how they are dressed and what they look like and thinks why can I not be apart of that why am I stuck down here. That’s a really selfish thing for people to go down there and just harass the child and make it feel even worse than what it already

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