The Lottery By Shirley Jackson Essay

2073 Words Apr 14th, 2016 9 Pages
Have you ever been blamed for something repeatedly and it is never you fault? This is called a scapegoat. “The Lottery” written by Shirley Jackson is a story based on a town who conducts an annual lottery. Jackson, the author, wrote this story to entertain the audience. “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” written by Flannery O 'Connor is also a story written to entertain the audience. The story is about a family who takes a family road trip. In “The Lottery” and “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” the authors present scapegoats of Mrs. Tessie Hutchinson and Grandma, respectively, in order to suggest that many individuals play a role in their own deaths just like these scapegoats did to theirs.
By definition a scapegoat is “a person or group made to bear the blame for others or to suffer in their place” (Dictionary.com). A scapegoat is the person blamed for things but not actually at fault. Scapegoats have been around for a long time. People are always getting wrongly blamed for something whether it is death or a simple mistake. In both of these short stories, characters are blamed for the death of others but they are not at fault. A scapegoat actually comes from the bible referring to an actual goat carrying people’s sins. In the Bible its states, “A Goat sent into the wilderness after the Jewish chief priest had symbolically laid the sins of the people upon it (Lev. 16). Examples of scapegoats in society are people blaming the Muslims for the world’s problems. People who scapegoat…

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