Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery": A Compare And Contrast Analysis Of The Roles Of The Men, Women And Children

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In Shirley Jackson's short story "The Lottery" she represents an average society with seemingly common order and widely developed traditions which everybody is forced or even glad to follow whatever they are. First we see how everybody has traditionally defined roles within the community: men, women and even children know well how they are expected to behave. Men are the dominating part; they have the right to make decisions for their families. Women have a subordinate position: they are supposed to "walk shortly after their menfolk" (328) and to work only at home. Children are involved in the social life and supposed to learn its traditions from an early age. A surprising thing is that ...view middle of the document...

First thing you know, we'd all be eating stewed chickweed and acorns. There's always been a lottery..." (Jackson 332-3) and he assures that there is "Nothing but trouble..." in quitting the lottery (Jackson 333). Women are uncomfortable if their husbands for some reasons are unable to execute their role; for example, to draw in the lottery because of illness, like Mr. Dunbar, or to admit that there's no mature man in the family, like Mrs. Watson before her son got old enough. And children are uncomfortable with sudden freedom because of vacations: "The feeling of liberty sat uneasily on most of them..." (328) Moreover, they tend to copy adults' behavior; they are infatuated by the ritual, for instance, by collecting stones for it. No doubt, they do not think of somebody's death because of the stones.Before "The Lottery" begins, there are just two people who try to protest against the ritual: Mr. and Mrs. Adams. Being afraid to say openly that the lottery itself is wrong, they are talking about other villages which quit lotteries. But after the victim is chosen, there are already three people who find the ritual unfair. Tessie Hutchinson, "the winner" of the lottery, realizes that it's wrong just after the tradition of the lottery affected her. The same happens every time in our real life: we don't...

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