“The Lottery” Rough Draft
Brian J. Woodvine
CM 107-027W1 English Composition 1
Professor Sue Klemm
The Father, The Son, and The Holy Ghost! Let me reiterate that for you! The Father, The Son, and The Holy Ghost! How many innocent people have been killed in one God’s name or another? The three legged stool sits behind; both a praise and a nemesis. The intention of this paper is to explain the difference between the two, and decide if the author was using symbolism to relate this paper to the trials of women throughout the centuries, or just ritual amongst all human societies. “Double, double, toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.”(William Shakespeare, Hamlet) Many a reader may know this as the “Witches of Three.” This is just the beginning of the hidden meanings that make this story so complex. Women were treated like slaves, dogs, and “witches” until the nineteenth century. They were then given the token call of harlots and whores until WWII, when the nation’s soldiers were called to duty and the women took care of the country on their own. This story was written by a best-selling author just three years after the war when women were finally allowed to speak their minds, and be heard. The author is clearly comparing The Holy Trinity to the massacres that happened in seventeenth-century Massachusetts. She is loudly proclaiming the ignorance of this small town and measuring it with the Salem Witchcraft Trials of the 1600’s. Jackson was well aware of the controversy she would face as did Anne Hutchinson, mother of fifteen. The lead character in this gruesome short story is Tessie “Hutchinson.” Does that name ring a bell? In the beginning of this article the town sounds like a small Puritan community, innocent and hard-working folks supporting each other by all means necessary. Anne lived in several of these towns in a time where it was unheard of to seek religious advice from a woman. Yet they did. Men...
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