Everyday Use, by Alice Walker and The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson

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In comparing and contrasting the short stories “Everyday Use” written by Alice Walker and “The Lottery” written by Shirley Jackson, tradition is carried on throughout the generations. Symbols are often used in these short stories to convey these messages of tradition and heritage. Rebellious characters are also found in both of the stories, trying to alter traditions to meet their own personal expectations. However, in contrast “The Lottery” is a much more barbaric story that does not reveal the cruelty until the end of the story. The story involves an entire village of families following a tradition. “Everyday Use” is not as tragic, it deals with a conflict within a single family unit. Both short stories have strong value …show more content…
Her name “Dee” itself is a symbol of tradition as well, it has been passed down through several generations. The black box in “The Lottery” was used as a symbol, despite the wear and tear on the box and despite the splintered sides; it was still to be used and was not repaired for over 80 years. This black box symbolizes the entire idea of the lottery and how the villagers strongly felt it should remain. Regardless of the lottery becoming less ceremonious over the years, the drawing of a name and the stoning of that person drawn were solid like the box. That would not change despite the consequence of wearing down the villagers. They feel that they must sacrifice someone every year. Rebellious characters appeared in both stories, Dee changed her name to Wangero and moved away embarrassed of her mom and sister with their lack of education and their old impoverished house. Her name was passed down for many generations, as far back as the Civil War, furthermore proving her lack of appreciation for her heritage. She reprimanded her mom and sister, arguing they had no respect for their heritage. She couldn’t understand why she would not receive the quilts. Maggie states “She can have them, Mama….I can ‘member Grandma Dee without the quilts” (115). Dee left feeling agitated when she did not get her way. Tessie in “The Lottery”, created quite a stir with her rebellion, she did not want anyone in her

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