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Ticket To Death at The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson Essay

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"Stop!" The German soldier predicted. The young boy stood stunned in his paths. He could not breathe, couldn't see clearly, couldn't go for fear of being shot. The German also, was young and confused. His leaders had told him to do away with anybody that was not Aryan. His hands trembled uncertainly about the trigger. There was no other alternative, and yet there was no reason to hurt the petrified boy that paled ahead of him. The boy, doomed to departure from a factor he couldn't control, gazed into the German's eyes, and watched the exact same confusion and bitterness given there. The boy attempted to voice his fears, his desire to run unscathed. The soldier's eyes widened at the Jew's gaping mouth and made a hasty decision, frightened of the consequences that would follow disobedience. A mere two seconds after, the boy put on the ground with eyes that were wide open but couldn't see, another of those six million Jews that were killed irrationally through the Holocaust. Similarly, Shirley Jackson's short story "The Lottery" (1948) depicts the event of a ritual, known as the lottery, at a very small village of a mere three hundred individuals who were unable to object to their barbaric customs. The "winner" of the lottery is stoned to death from the rest of the village. Jackson used the brutal events depicted in the story as a satire of human character to commit violence without reason. Back in "The Lottery," the primitive behaviour of their villagers satirizes the effects that arise if societies blindly comply with the customs that they inherited without issue. However, Jackson also depicts the problems that sprout from challenging ancient customs, developing a paradox. The simple fact that the lottery is passed on, no matter its violent character, ref...

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