This essay Kaitlyn ChaitDraft has a total of 1046 words and 5 pages.
Due: December 15, 2010
Throughout history, most societies have practiced tradition and discrimination. In Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery", the tradition of killing a citizen in town yearly is demonstrated. Tom Rosenberg explains in his story "Changing My Name After Sixty Years" how people discriminated and isolated him within his community. Due to the evils of human nature, people encounter conflicts within their own communities.
In a lottery raffle, usually the people those are eligible to win want to. However, if the prize was death, the contestants will want the opposite. The town Shirley Jackson described in her story "The Lottery" had a yearly lottery with the name of every citizen in town; and whoever was picked from the raffle, was stoned to death by the other populous. This tradition was strict and practiced for seventy - seven years, and it was installed into the younger generations (for more killings to come). Citizens were skeptical about this ambiguous and kept tradition, however did nothing to stand up against it; "There's always been a raffle," said by Old Man Warner.
Though it was a fair lottery, mathematically, was it fair to the people of the town? Mrs. Hutchinson, the woman chosen and killed in the raffle said, "It isn't fair, it just isn't!" Citizens of this small society had families and were described as friendly people. Do friendly people kill their neighbors? Nevertheless, not one citizen stood up for Mrs. Hutchinson. Is that so fair?
In "Changing My Name After Sixty Years" Tom Rosenberg explained how he was discriminated as a child for being a German - Jewish immigrant. His family and he fled from Mazi Germany in 1938 to prevent being captured by the Nazi soldiers. In fear of discrimination and extreme anti - Semitism, Tom Rosenberg's parents changed the family last name to "Ross." During the duration of his childhood, Tom "Ross" felt that he had to hide his culture from the community. Nevertheless it didn't stop other people from calling him a "sheenie." "Ross" felt ashamed of himself and conflicted with his community
At the time, it was "okay and acceptable" to isolate Jews (and Germans especially because of the active war) from society. This caused "Ross" to not be able to fully live life until later on.
Simply society isn't fair, it just isn't. In both works of writing, the protagonist was treated "unfairly." Both Mrs. Hutchinson and Rosenberg were discriminated because of the situations they were placed in by society. Mrs. Hutchinson didn't choose to "win" the lottery, the society kept the inhumane tradition and unfortunately, she was picked. Rosenberg was born into the social situation, and he had no other choice but to leave the country from which he was born. In essence, he didn't choose to be a German - Jewish immigrant, he just was. Both of these characters experienced the evils of society and humanity.
Rosenberg described the dynamic of the community was to ostracize him. The people of the community did not want Germans and Jews to be mixed in and discriminated any who were categorized into any of those cultures. "Sheenie" was a usual and offensive name used to point out and put a spotlight on Jewish people. Most Jewish people that were called this were not only offended but felt isolated from the community.
In "The Lottery", the dynamic was the strict tradition and the fear to change. People in the town did not want to change the deathly tradition because they did not know anything else. Not only that, but the residents were weak. There was no objection to stop the murders, though Jackson described the skepticism and rebellious thoughts that citizens had. Nevertheless, there was no real reason to why the tradition was upheld and kept an ambiguous thought in the reader's mind. In the end, there was no clear vision of reality, the town needed to change.
Jackson expressed the underlying dynamic of society through the characters of "The Lottery." The motives of the people then (1948), still uphold to the people in society currently! Jackson used her story as a metaphor relating to the true evils of humanity.
People are cruel especially to one another; that's the way it's been and will always be. It