Article Analysis for "The Lottery" by Amy Griffin

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April 12, 2012
Eng 1102
The Lottery In Amy A. Griffin’s article “Jackson’s THE LOTTERY,” Shirley Jackson’s short story “The Lottery” is studied with key focus on reasoning behind actions, traditions and rituals. The article identifies cultures and societies reasoning behind certain tradition, ceremonies and practices in order to help better understand the true reason behind the stoning in the short story. Griffin does an excellent job of supporting her reasons with historical facts, symbolism, social behavioral observations and detailed opinions about how time will change some things but ultimately, the desire of thrill, violence and opportunity to belong amongst some groups will render heinous acts passed down through generations a never ending tradition. Griffin begins by giving details about the summer and harvesting seasons. She tells about the beliefs that death of one thing will bring about a greater birth of a newer thing. Before the scapegoat concept came in to play, people simply planted seeds and hoped for enough sunlight and water to help it grow. However, over time people began to think if they sacrificed life, then those killed would cause a “rebirth’ (Griffin) of healthy crops. This leads into the reasoning behind the lottery in the story. The character Old Man Warner, the only person left of an older generation, is the only person who really holds the significance of the lottery, which is to bring in a plentiful harvest while the others have lost sight of the real reason and seem to participate only out of joy in violently killing someone. Griffin then goes on to write about what the lottery represented in the past and how it has lost meaning to most and after the decisions are made, people turn on each other as a means of survival and then have fun taking a life. Finally, griffin ends with the comment “Although civilized people may no longer…...

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