Symbolism And Symbolism In The Lottery

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Symbolism gives the reader a different outlook on what they are reading. It allows the reader not only to read the literal meaning but also what it symbolizes and how it can affect the whole story. There are many different symbols around us that we don’t realize. For example, a dove is a symbol of peace. Whenever you may see a dove you may think about “peace.” The color white is also a symbol. It may symbolize surrender. When in war and the opposing side wants to surrender they will raise a “white” flag. On the other hand the color red has a different symbolization. When you see the color red you may think about love or romance. Symbolism can allow the reader to open their minds and read between the lines of what the author has to say. On …show more content…
What the christians went through is also what Tessie went through. That is how stoning in “The Lottery” symbolizes biblical attributes.
In order to know who to stone you have to have the white slips of paper. The white slips of paper then have the destiny to decide who has won the lottery; the “white slips of paper symbolize equality among the villagers.” (As quoted by Lentz) The white slips of paper symbolize equality because everyone has the same chance of picking the paper that has the black dot. No one in the village knows what piece of paper contains the dot so therefore it is equal.
The families in “The Lottery” are very unloyal. They go against one another for the sake of the tradition. At first when Bill Hutchinson received the paper with the dot Tessie soon began to shout how unfair the system was. She tried to get her husband and family out of the situation that someone will end up being sacrificed. On another hand, when they drew again and it was now Tessie who received the black dot, and her husband had nothing to say. In fact, he actually forced the paper out of her hand to show that she got it. Even her youngest son, Davy, was handed a stone to throw at her. “Betrayers.” Stated Michael J. Cummings. (Symbols and Portentous

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