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Names in Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery
One of the leaders and important man of the town is Mr. Summers. Summer is a season of the year. It is the season of growing, the season of life. His name represents partly the old pagan fertility ritual because the harvest that is being sacrificed to is being grown in the summer. This is supposedly, according to Old Man Warner, what the lottery held each year was all about. But, in this case, the harvest should be fine because the setting of the story tells us that “the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green” (74). Mr. Summers did many things to slowly ween the old tradition, the old harshness, out of the ordeal. He had the wooden chips replaced with more convienent slips of paper. He also “spoke frequently. about making a new box” (75), so, therefore, he also represented new ideas as well as old. The new ideas that the close-minded village people would not accept. If given the chance, Mr. Summers would have more than likely accepted and backed the motion to cease the lottery and stop the sacrifice. Even though he conducted the lottery which someone was sacrificed (murdered) he is seen as one of the most innocent characters because of his “new” ideas and wishes for something better.
Mr. Summers, with all of his importance, had someone over him though. Mr. Graves, the postmaster, must have been of more importance and power than he because Mr. Summers had to be sworn in by Mr. Graves before he could have the right to be the official of the lottery. As the reader might easily derrive, Mr. Graves symbolizes the sacrificial killing being caused by the lottery. His superiority over Mr. Summers is also symbolic. It shows how the sacrifice and the lottery in itself is more important than the new ideas presented by Mr. Summers and a few other villagers. But, Mr. Graves has many more villagers behind him sharing his views.
One of these is Old Man Warner. Mr. Warner is the oldest man in town and, therefore, having the most knowledge of what the original tradition was all about. He lets us know that there has “always been a lottery” (77). He is repetadly shown “warning” the younger parents and the younger generation of what they are in for if they do away with the lottery.
Use of Symbolism in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
Mr. Summers represents that the time of the lottery took place in the summer because he was the one that got the lottery together and was the one that was drawing from the black box. “ ‘Summer’ is the sir name of the conductor of the lottery. The lottery happened during the summer. “ The lottery takes place ” June 22nd “ Mr. summer goes by all the rules and by the tradition of the lottery he is one of those characters that take everything serious about the lottery and it has to be perfect in order for their crops to grow. Mr. Summers also meaning grow and life.
The Values Of Morality In Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery
Summers, he represents the people that are content with the things that they do, they would just like to make miniscule changes to make it better. Generally, people don’t change things. Though the lottery had been a town tradition for more than seventy-seven years, people still didn’t want to change things about it. Mr. Summers, in charge of the lottery, found that the box they used to draw from was starting to lose its flair. He suggested, multiple times, to build a new box.
The Theme Of Tradition In The Lottery, By Shirley Jackson
Most traditions have a reason and this one is no different. The reason the villagers do this every year is they believe it helps the corn crop grow quicker and better. Jackson shows this when she introduces the saying, ”Lottery in June, corn will be heavy soon”(294). Many old saying that go with traditions rhyme so the meaning of the tradition is not for gotten. Not knowing when the tradition even started and having a good reason makes it hard to get rid of.
Theme of Tradition in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
The one chosen from the lottery is to undertake a cruel and unusual death by stoning at the hands of their fellow townsmen for the sake that it may bring a fruitful crop for the coming harvest season. Ironically, many of the towns people have suggested that the lottery be put to an end, but most find the idea unheard of being that they have lived in it’s practice for most of their lives. The story conveys a message that traditions may be valued so highly that those in their practice may do everything they can to ensure that they continue in accordance. From this a question arises. How far would one go to ensure their sacred traditions remain unscathed?
Symbolic Implications in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
Summers” held the lottery to draw who would be the next person to face death and their own life for the people’s crops. All of the town’s people would meet at a certain location to view the drawing and stone the chosen one to death. A well-known member “Mr. Warner” had been part of this tradition for seventy-seven years and experienced how the lottery has changed. The beliefs of “lottery in June, corn be heavy soon” grew for the villagers and a sacrifice of one of their own towns people was the key for this success.
Traditions and Holidays Celebrated by Latinos
While celebrated mostly by Cuban Americans, the ten day celebration has a multicultural crowd from blacks to other Latinos. After Calle Ocho and Lent comes Easter Sunday, where the celebration of Easter honors Christ’s resurrection. Since eggs are symbols for renewal and is perfect for spring, it is used for decorations and egg hunting activities. Mexican Americans put a different spin on the event, draining and cleaning eggshells a month before Easter to create cascarones. Cascarón or cascarones means eggshell.
The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
Jackson uses Warner’s own perspective on his persistent luck to add drama to the extensive amount of time he has lived. One might say that Warner’s luck is coincidental to coincide with the fact that he has the most obedient person and he is practically the only person who does not want to get rid of the lottery. Others, however, might say that it is a direct correlation and that Warner is not being chosen in the lotteries because he is obeying tradition and God is rewardi. . middle of paper . . ery.'” Explicator 48(1990): 226-28.
The Theme Of Pride In Wash, By William Faulkner
“Wash” “He heard what Sutpen said, and something seemed to stop dead in him before going on” (1). In the story “Wash” by William Faulkner, Faulkner writes about a man who slowly begins to go crazy and goes to great lengths to kill his family and Colonel Sutpen, a man he once respected. Faulkner creates interesting characters along with riveting conflicts to support his central theme of the story. In this essay, the author’s main theme is too much pride. Faulkner does a good job of making Wash think he is better than the slaves, but in reality he is not because everyone thinks Wash is white trash and does not deserve any respect from anyone.
Oedipus The King Tragedy Analysis
When Oedipus inquires “who is this man whose fate the god pronounces?” (1740) after this inquiry almost every statement made by Oedipus becomes ironic because he is referring to himself though he is yet to find out. The audience is aware that the more he looks into the murder of the former king Laius the worse it is going to be for him. Sophocles’ use of dramatic irony keeps the audience one step ahead of the protagonist so they are able to see the errors made by Oedipus. Because the audience has had time to figure what the mistakes are, they are more emotionally invested in how Oedipus will react when he finally understands all the mistakes he has made through the play. As the play progresses the audiences attitude about Oedipus starts to slowly shift; the emotions start to become deeper and we start to see that though he is guilty of murder empathize with
Character Analysis Of Thomas Putnam In The Crucible By Arthur Miller
If the entire town knows that witchcraft is present, it provides Putnam with an easier chance to create more wealth and power. This perspective of Putnam helps the reader to understand that he is a very selfish man that does not care for others. Because Putnam treats others in town very poorly, they will act the same way toward him. Other characters do not respect Thomas Putnam because he does not care for their opinions, as he believes he is of a higher status than others. Thomas Putnam believes that the town of Salem has tarnished his name, giving him a bad reputation and he intends to fix it by taking as much control as he can.
One of the leaders and important man of the town is Mr. Summers. Summer is a season of the year. It is the season of growing, the season of life. His name…