The Lottery

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The Lottery
The story takes place in a small village, where the people are close and tradition is paramount. A yearly event, called the lottery, is one in which one person in the town is randomly chosen, by a drawing, to be violently stoned by friends and family. The drawing has been around over seventy-seven years and is practiced by every member of the town. Shirley is very natural to the characters and the event. We don’t get any information about what she thinks about the situation, and she isn’t describing the evil persons in a more negative way than the other persons. But her use of friendly language among the villagers and the presentation of the lottery as an event, illustrates as a welcomed, festive village. Shirley describes the social atmosphere of the women prior to the drawing: “They greeted one another and exchanged bits of gossip...” (Page 2). The Lottery is conducted in a particular manner, and with so much anticipation by the villagers, whom the reader expects the winner to, receive a prize or something of that manner. It is not until the very end of the story that the reader learns of the winner’s fate, which is death, by friends and family. When I read this story about The Lottery, I think about the very popular novel Suzanne Collins, “The Hunger Games”. The novel takes place in the future, in what now is called United States, but in the book Panem. It is divided up into 13 districts, and each district is had one thing they export. And at the centre of the society is Capitol, where the rich people live. Every year, all of Panem takes part in the Hunger Games, during which one boy and one girl from each district go to an unknown location, and fight to the death, and the winner gets money, food, anything they need to survive, and live in luxury for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, Katniss's younger sister is chosen. In order to save her life, Katniss takes her place in the contest, and the game begins. The thing that makes these stories...
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