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Death And Life Affirmation: The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

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When I was a child, I was afraid of death and did not know what it really is. It was mysterious thing that make people disappear. When my grandfather died I did not feel very sad because I did not know what death is and where death people go. By the end of the day my grandfather was buried while people around the grave were grieving, at that moment I felt sad. After that, I still had some questions about death. Did my grandfather know that he will die in that die at that time? If he knew, did he just surrender and accept it? Was he prepared for death?
Now that I know what death is, I can define it from my perspective. I think death is an aspect of life that everyone will experience. It is the last phase of a person’s life but there is an after death life as some people believe. No one knows when death will knock his door because death does not ask a person’s permission to take his life. It is the time you lose everything you have worked so hard and earned in your life. ...view middle of the document...

Moreover, a person should do the good things such as being kind to other people and respect them. This is how Muslims should be prepared for death but I believe that a person, no matter his/her religion, should do what he/she think is good for themselves without hurting others. According to Islam, if a Muslim was not qualified to go to heaven, he/she goes to hell for several trials based on how bad they have done in their life but after that they go to heaven.
People should not surrender to death but at the same time they cannot stop it. In “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night” by Dylan Thomas, the poet describes to his father the importance of fighting and making a mark for others to remember him after death. He also mentioned 4 groups who are, the wise men who fight against death because they think that they have not gained enough reputation, the good men who are few and think that their deeds will not be remembered, wild men who wasted their life on adventure and excitement, and grave men who are old and near death. The purpose of this poem that all men no matter their experience or condition should fight for more time.
On the other hand, “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson is a story about a village that has an annual event that they call “the lottery” where each person draws a paper and the one with dot is the “winner.” The prize is to be stoned by the villagers until death. This story shows how people surrender easily to death. Even though they know that other villages stopped doing the lottery, they do not stop it and fight against death.
In conclusion, death is a tragedy and sad thing for many people but we should fight against it by doing what we are supposed to do according to our believes. Imam Ali (AS), who was the first boy to embrace Islam, said “Work for a Better Life as if you life forever, and work for Better End as if you die tomorrow.” I think that this quote is not only for Muslims. If you consider what the quote say and make it a rule in everything you do, then you will end up doing what is best for you and your believes. Now I could say that my grandfather did not know that death was coming for him in that day at that time but I am sure that he was well prepared for death.

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