Hello, I am looking for someone to write an essay on The Lottery by: Shirley Jackson. It needs to be at least 500 words.
This story almost worships punishment and the human sacrifice. It is noted that
and all of the other little boys around him imitate his actions. There is the effect of ritualistic sacrifice as in the beginning of the story Bobby Martin, Harry Jones and Dickie Delacroix demonstrate. These boys hoard the rocks and value them, as if the responsibility of fulfilling the lottery gives them great joy. In the time and the context that this is written, Shirley Jackson received criticism for having portrayed young boys with such eagerness to cast stones at their neighbors. It is imaginable that in the time and context that this book is written, Shirley Jackson receives a heavy public criticism. In the beginning of the Cold War era, following the Nazi holocaust , this book draws criticism from the far right and the far left side of the political spectrum. As she writes this story, Nazism and its horrors are in the process of being healed from the terrible effects that is has on the American public and those of Jewish descent. In the time of this writing, mankind is divided into sects, it would be unthinkable to throw stones at the neighbor. It is more likely that those on either side of the Iron curtain would throw stones at each other. As an American female writer, Shirley Jackson understands the significance of throwing stones at the neighbor. Yet she makes fun of ritualistic sacrifice it in this book. Notwithstanding, she makes human sacrifice ritualistic. This book is written right after World War II. (neatorama.com) and the horrors that Americans are recuperating from are still fresh. Surely the images of such a dreadful war are still engraved in the publics psyche. This is demonstrated:
The lottery is perceived by the villagers as a civic activity. It is accepted by those who conduct it that someone, somewhere along the way will eventually have to be stoned. As stoning is a Semitic tradition, this is traumatic for many who are in her reading audiences.