27 Jan The significance of the narrators description of the black box is that it emphasizes the importance and long standing tradition of the black box. Even thoug
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1. The significance of the narrators description of the black box is that it emphasizes the importance and long standing tradition of the black box. Even though we don't really know what it stands for, the audience is reminded of its importance to the story by the authors narration through out the story.
2. When Tessie repeatedly exclaims the unfairness to the lottery, it is then revealed that this lottery is not good. That those who are chosen are not in paths for good fortune as the name would entail, but rather something dark and ominous awaits. She challenges the idea that Mr. Hutchinson was not given enough time to draw the slip and was rathe rushed.
3. I think Jackson wrote this story to criticize people blindly following rules or standards because its tradition. She was probably trying to say that Americans are this way culturally. Given the time that this was written, it goes very well with the culture around that era.
4. The fourth paragraph gave an insight to the audience as to why this child was chosen, what it was about him that made him the "least liked" child. The kinds of victims chosen are children attending Rose Hill Elementary school. These victims are chosen by the parents of the children attending this school, those who qualify as least liked or favorable. Most often these kids are described as the loners or unique, kept to themselves, etc. I think Weinstein was trying to highlight how we view or treat people who are different than us through an exaggerated story. As an audience we would never do something to that extreme of someone we found to be otherwise favorable, however in our day to day lives this is the essence of how we may treat outsiders or loners, those different than ourselves.
5. I feel being chosen from the lottery box is most horrific due to it being left up to chance. Its a small town where theres only 300 or so villagers. As well as the fact that I feel that after a couple years of "rocket night", one might understand the pattern or idea of what parents may not favor and mold oneself to behave otherwise.
6. I wouldn't say theres any modern day "Rocket night" or "Lottery" events, however when reading the Lottery and Rocket night, the Salem Witch trials came to mind. No traditions come to mind, only because in modern times it seems that we have fallen away from traditional practices, lifestyles, etc. I think people follow tradition because that might be all they have ever known, or they're not ready for change.
7. Was there a specific tradition that Jackson had when she was writing the "Lottery"?