The Lottery (Revised)

The Lottery (Revised) - Josh Bonura Mrs. Carey English 1302...

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Josh Bonura Mrs. Carey English 1302 June 24, 2008 The Absence of Compassion Shirley Jackson successfully captures the struggle for survival and the lack of human compassion, “The Lottery. The story 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 the many families that are targeted through a malicious pick and choose system which ultimately turns lover against lover. This way of life is barbaric and crude because they go to such lengths to preserve their backward tradition. Yet they have the courage to change up some of the old ways such as changing out chips for paper to “allow enough room in the black box.” Ultimately mankind displays a miserable failure because of the absence of humanity and compassion which gives humans their morality. Despite the talk from the villagers of how they imply that 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 the irony of talking about abolishing it because he’s one of the main 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 trying to save
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himself. Many of the villagers throughout the story appear to be against the lottery and see it as if
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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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