The Lottery Essay

952 Words Nov 20th, 2012 4 Pages
1. Social psychologists observe that every group develops its own outcast or misfit, who is blamed for all sorts of group malfunctions and woes. Have you observed this dynamic in your own work, school, church, or family groups?

Yes this dynamic appears in some schools where a child or any student for that matter is bullied or singled out. Some peoples’ working conditions could possibly have a group malfunction as in co-workers can be racist to one another.

2. We are told a lot about the lottery, but not its exact purpose. Do the townspeople know? Is this omission significant? Intentional?
No, the townspeople do not know the lottery’s exact purpose. This omission is not significant because it seems there is no point in the
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Summers, Tessie Hutchinson, and Old Man Warner. Mr. Summer’s idea of making a new black box was sort of odd. His last name seems so happy and charming yet his power over the villagers frightens them. He sees himself as a hierarchy; acknowledge the fact that he isn’t or ever will be placed in the same scenario as these poor townspeople face in this ritual. Old Man Warner throughout the story takes the character of someone who is afraid of change, trying to play by the rules. He is obviously obsessed with keeping tradition, “Some places have already quit lotteries,” Mr. Adams said. “Nothing but trouble in that,” Old Man Warner said stoutly. “Pack of young fools.” (136)
He is blinded by this awful tradition, not wanting to even question why these rituals take place. On the other hand, Tessie Hutchinson takes on the character of someone who is free spirited in a way. Her being late to the event made the crowd a bit uncomfortable. Her jokes didn’t take a liking to Mr. Summers either. “Wouldn’t have me leave m’dishes in the sink, now, would you, Joe?” (135). Because Tessie wasn’t taking The Lottery so seriously like all the villagers did, in her eyes she felt targeted when Bill Hutchinson had drawn the paper with the black dot. Hutchinson shouted to Mr. Summers, “You didn’t give him enough time to take any paper he wanted. I saw you. It wasn’t fair!” She took it as though Mr. Summers had purposely given her husband that dreary paper because she was so nonchalant about

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