Jackson’s “The Lottery’ (Wed. Night Class Only)

21 Nov

Text discussed: Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” & https://reluctantentertainer.com/traditions-when-is-it-time-to-change/

(We decided that this article relates to “the lottery” because it talks about traditions being broken and when is it time to change. We couldn’t find an article on the database. We hope that this is good enough because we have spent a couple hours searching for an academic article.)

(Danee’ Wertz, Josh Fox, Jesus Rangle, Ricardo Lopez): PARAGRAPH OF OUR OPINIONS/MAIN THEME: One thing we can agree upon is that the story is dark and it leaves us curious. It makes us think about if this happens in todays society. In a way we enjoyed the story, but felt strange because we couldn’t figure out what drove these people into murder. We also found the story quite sad because when Tessie decides to stand up for her husband for being chosen, she ends up being the one that’s chosen. In reality, this story is fucked up, but it was their own tradition in which they would celebrate annually.

The main theme found in this story is mysteriousness. It can be found throughout the majority of the story by its lack of informing the reader of what the lottery is for, as well as not informing the reader of why this tradition had been formed or how this community is so tolerant and
nonchalant about long and painful public murder.

Mr. Summers is an older man who is in charge of his coal business and also the lottery ceremony. Mr. Bill Hutchinson was the first person to draw the black dot on the paper which symbolizes the stoning. His wife, Mrs. Tessie Hutchinson, claims that the draw was unfair and he didn’t have
enough time to pick a paper. She insists of a re-draw and her children are forced to take part as well. When Tessie draws the last paper, it happens to be the one with the black dot. As the rest of the town, her family included, begin with the stoning, she complains about how it isn’t fair.

1. Why do they do the stoning/lottery?
2. What are their morals?
3. What are your thoughts on this happening today?


What is an Allegory & Social Theme

15 Nov

Writer discussed: Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings,” and Midterm review below.

Here’s a link to the story in its original Spanish as well: http://www.literatura.us/garciamarquez/enormes.html

allegory: a story or visual image with a second distinct meaning partially hidden behind its literal or visible meaning… (Oxford Dictionary of Literary Term)

It’s interesting to note that Marquez prefaces the story with “A tale for children.” Marquez, who wrote with oppressive government regimes that wouldn’t think of much of killing a writer for criticizing them. Which really brings us to the point of an allegory containing a “hidden message.”

After watching the two mini lectures on allegory (the last is video play adapted from the story and have to go to youtube to watch the last half), I’m curious for you to find a theme in the story. And what you think the allegory of Marquez’s story. How might some of the issues raised relate to problems we face today?

Like we went over with the photo inference project and Diaz quotes, one way to infer from a text is to look at Marquez’ use of figurative language. The goal for finding a hidden meaning is to discover one of the work’s theme. But, the author is not going to shout out her theme. So to discover the theme, we must look at the author’s use of literary devises and infer (our opinion) to make a guess at a theme. So here’s a list of literary devices, with hyperlink definitions, to look for in the stories we read:
Title of Story
Round or Dynamic Character (what does the character learn by the end?)

Give it a shot and Have fun!