Analysis of the Lottery and the Hedge

Good Essays
In the short stories, The Lottery and The Hedge, the identity of the female and male characters are represented very similarly. Both stories exemplify, male and female characters occupying their own, respective, traditional gender roles. The individual identity of women in the two stories conveys the traditional identity of women in the 20th century. The women in the two stories are depicted to be stay at home housewives, while the men are portrayed as dominant and controlling. The female character of The Hedge, is very emotional and impulsive. She is very attached and fond of natural entities such as the sea; “The sea…had always held a fascination for her…she loved to watch the shadows of the clouds racing across its surface”. The sea and the westerly wind are symbols of “her” freedom. So when “he” constructs a hedge around the house to block intruders, he is effectively restricting her view of the sea and thereby restricting her freedom. This in turn makes her very upset and “affect[s] her in a personal way”. It conveys that she was confined and she was regarded as being inferior to the man. The relationship between the husband and wife in the stories is quite odd. There doesn’t seem to be any love between them at all. “He always referred to Grace…as Mrs Bilborough”, “they would seldom speak”. The characters in these stories don’t seem to really understand their own significant others. They attitude they have towards one another speaks volumes about their relationship and their crippling marriage. Grace and Ted, from The Lottery, have a relationship that can be likened to a business rather than a marriage. Ted throughout the text keeps dwelling on the idea of how Grace could have possibly found the ‘five and threes’ to buy a lottery ticket. All the details revolve around money and how his wife could have possibly found enough money from the limited household allowance to buy a lottery ticket ‘When you budgeted as carefully as they did there wasn’t five

You May Also Find These Documents Helpful

  • Satisfactory Essays

    LUFTHANSA: TO HEDGE OR NOT TO HEDGE 1. If the DM/US$ exchange rate were 2.4DM/US$ in January 1986, what would be the all in cost of the aircraft purchase under each alternative? What would be the all in cost of the aircraft purchase under each alternative if the exchange rate were 3.4DM/US$? Consider both fully hedging the cost and hedging exactly one half of the cost (why may you only want to hedge part of the purchase price?). 1. Do nothing and wait and see what the exchange rate is like…

    • 1688 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Satisfactory Essays
  • Good Essays

    Hedge

    • 9928 Words
    • 40 Pages

    Asia-Focused Hedge Funds: Analysis of Performance, Performance Persistence and Survival Asia-Focused Hedge Funds: Analysis of Performance, Performance Persistence and Survival Pattern DISSERTATION of the University of St.Gallen, SchoolS E R T A T I O N D I S of Management, of the University of St.Gallen, Economics, Law, Social Sciences School of Management, and International Affairs Economics, Law, Social Sciences to obtain the title of and International Affairs Doctor of Philosophy in Management…

    • 9928 Words
    • 40 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Powerful Essays

    Chase Thomas Prof. Julia Elliot English 282 November 15, 2011 “The Cavemen in the Hedges” “The Cavemen in the Hedges” is a short story that contains many underlying themes of psychoanalytical theory. Themes of the “id,” a selfish, primal, version of one’s self concerned only with physical desires; the “superego,” part of a person’s psyche that is only worried about ideals and morals; and the “ego,” the rational part of the brain that attempts to satisfy both the id and superego natures…

    • 1256 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Powerful Essays
  • Good Essays

    Analysis: The Lottery

    • 884 Words
    • 4 Pages

    Conversely, how does Jackson lull us into thinking that this is just an ordinary story with an ordinary town? A: I was quite shocked by the ending of the story, mainly because I did not know exactly what the people of the village were competing in the lottery for. I was not sure if the win was for money, better jobs in the neibourhood, higher status. Never did it cross my mind that they would be drawing slips to see who would get stoned to death. I started to suspect that the “win” was not for a good prize…

    • 884 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Satisfactory Essays

    Baker Hedges

    • 349 Words
    • 2 Pages

    agrees to the new Novo sale, determine the present value of the expected future cash inflow assuming: (1) there is no hedge, (2) the company hedges using a forward contract, and (3) the company hedges using the money market. Finding a present value is necessary for the following reason: With no hedge or a with forwardcontract hedge, the cash flow will occur at the…

    • 349 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Satisfactory Essays
  • Good Essays

    The Lottery is a film based on the short story of the same name by Shirley Jackson. The story takes place in a small village, where the people held an anniversary activity of lottery. One person in the town is randomly chosen, and the person who got the lottery would be hit to death by stones for the sake of harvest of the following year. In my opinion, “The Lottery” is a surprise and horror story. The film begins under a friendly atmosphere. The people in the village are close and familiar with…

    • 502 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Hedge Equities

    • 875 Words
    • 4 Pages

    E- Business at HEDGE EQUITIES PVT LTD Introduction to HEDGE EQUITIES PVT LTD Team Hedge is a balanced mix of more than 15 years experience cutting across various industries with a strong background in the financial markets. The board comprises of six power houses in their respective fields - Fedex Securities, Baby Marine Exports, Thakker Developers, Smart financial, SM Hegde (CFO, Videocon Industries) and Padmashree Mohan Lal Fedex Securities Managed…

    • 875 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Satisfactory Essays

    The Lottery Analysis

    • 791 Words
    • 4 Pages

    Approximately 14,700,000 people have died from the most famous genocides caused by man. The Lottery was written by Shirley Jackson. The story is about a town who has a tradition every year, one day in June the people of the town must gather around and play their chances of winning the lottery. At the end we find out who wins and we find out that the prize of the lottery is to be sacrificed. One of the main theme's in this story is the violence and cruelty of humans. The author uses literary devices…

    • 791 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Satisfactory Essays
  • Satisfactory Essays

    Hedge fund

    • 610 Words
    • 3 Pages

    Hedge Fund A Hedge Fund is a portfolio of investments hoping to reduce the risk of investment and expanding the maximum return an investment could bring. A firm instead of individuals usually manages it. Usually, hedge funds are only offered to a number of investors and requires a large amount of initial minimum investment, it’s usually 1 million dollars in the USA. Adding on, investors are usually required to keep their initial investment in the fund for at least a year. Hedging is usually…

    • 610 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Satisfactory Essays
  • Better Essays

    analysis on the Lottery

    • 1480 Words
    • 4 Pages

    Poetry Analysis Essay- E.E. Cummings “Anyone lived in a pretty how town” Heather Bond “Anyone Lived in a Pretty How Town” has a complexity of superimposed sensuous and mental impressions. The most striking pattern is obviously the revolution of the seasons, which is indicated by the rotating list of the names. With each of the abstract terms E.E Cummings associates a natural phenomenon characterizing the particular season on the sensuous level of human experience so that one may stand symbolically…

    • 1480 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Better Essays