The Lottery - Josh Bonura Mrs. Carey English 1302 June 12,...

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Josh Bonura Mrs. Carey English 1302 June 12, 2008 The Struggle for Compassion Shirley Jackson successfully captures the struggle for survival and lack of human compassion in the story “The Lottery.” “The Lottery,” displays how mankind can be no better than animals, struggling to look out for themselves and not their brethren. In the story the Hutchinson’s family is one of my families that are targeted through a malicious pick and choose system that ultimately turns lover against lover. This way of life is barbaric and crude to go to such lengths as to preserve one’s backward tradition. Yet, they have the courage to change up some of the old ways such as changing out chips for paper as to “allow enough room in the black box.” Ultimately mankind displays a miserable failure because of the absence of mankind and compassion which gives humans humanity. Despite the talk from the villagers of how they imply they dislike the lottery and want to abolish it, they continue to modify and even carry out the killing without pause. For example, Mr. Adams is one of the characters to display this irony of talking about abolishing it, yet he’s one of the ones to carry out the malicious act of stoning Mrs. Hutchinson. Mr. Adams states, “that over in the north village they’re talking of giving up the lottery” (791) Mr. Adams implies to the crowd that he wants the tradition to cease. However, he’s not doing this because he necessarily disagrees with the custom; in fact he is one of the main ones to carry out the cold- blooded killing. The narrator states “Steve Adams was in front of the crowd of villagers…” (794). Although Steve Adams speaks out against it; he merely is just trying to save himself.
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This note was uploaded on 05/22/2011 for the course POLS 2301 taught by Professor Beggan during the Spring '08 term at Lamar University.

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The Lottery - Josh Bonura Mrs. Carey English 1302 June 12,...

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