Societal Corruption in “the Lottery” and “a Good Man Is Hard to Find”

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Societal Corruption in “The Lottery” and “A Good Man is Hard to Find”

Societal corruption is found in both “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson and “A Good Man is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Connor. As illustrated in both short stories, societal corruption can take place in different forms. The Merriam-Webster online dictionary has one meaning for the word “corruption”: “impairment of integrity, virtue or moral principle”. In the “Lottery” capitalist society stands out as a form of societal corruption. In “A Good Man is Hard to Find” the simple ways and acts of the grandmother alone relative to her religious practices stands out as social corruption. “The Lottery”, is a horrific story that exposes the social order and system of a capitalistic society. Again, from Merriam-Webster online dictionary, the ideal capitalistic society is “an economic system based upon the concentration of wealth, and the competitive distribution of production and business to privately owned powerful representatives.” This form of an ideal society is what the author based the small village on in “The Lottery”. In “The Lottery” the lottery itself, serves as a democratic misconception for a capitalistic society. It deceives the people of the village, into believing it is democratic, because of the fact that everyone participates in the lottery and knows they have an equal chance at being selected. The village’s ruling class only participates to convince others that they are equal to everyone else, even though their exclusive control over the lottery suggests they are not. Another aspect of “The Lottery” that shows an ideally capitalistic society and that becomes one huge aspect in the social order of the village is the role of women. The author has made it clear that power in the village in the hands of the husbands as the heads of families and households. Women are considered inferior in…...

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