Mrs. De Bartolo
Monday March 17th 2014
What are Your Odds of Being Stoned?
The Hunger Games written by Suzanne Collins and The Lottery written by Shirley Jackson are two stories that value tradition. Tradition is valued to such an extent that even those who do not agree keep quiet. The Lottery is about a group of town’s people drawing slips of paper praying they do not get the paper marked with the black dot which means immediate death. The Hunger Games is about an annual reaping taking place in District Twelve. A reaping like no other, the protagonist Katniss Everdeen volunteers to participate in the blood bath competition in place of her younger ...view middle of the document...
Hutchinson was stoned to death. The death of Mrs. Hutchinson will not only affect her family but everyone in the community since she was a very liked and well known member of this small town. Due to the lack of rebellion and voice in both stories, tradition has caused tragedy and sometimes not even sacrifice and love can repair what has already been done.
Secondly, the main characters known as Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games and Mrs. Hutchinson from The Lottery could not be any more different. Both Characters are placed in a tough situation where both of their lives could potentially be at risk. Katniss’ younger sister Prim was chosen to represent District Twelve in the annual hunger games. Without hesitating, Katniss volunteers as tribute without thinking about the chances of her own personal survival. Throughout the novel and movie Katniss comes off across as a very kind, loving woman who would do absolutely anything for anyone whom she loves, it is rare that Katniss is ever thinking about herself and being selfish in any way. On the other hand, the second Mr. Hutchinson drew the paper with the black dot Mrs. Hutchinson started whaling that it is unfair and how a re- draw should take place. Mrs. Hutchinson knew that there was a great chance that she would be stoned to death and automatically started to panic. Instead of comforting her children and husband and praying that it would be her and not one of her beloved family members. Mrs. Hutchinson came across as...