Obedience Or Rebellion? Essay

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During my childhood, often times whenever I got into trouble I would try to shift the blame to one of my siblings by saying, “But they told me to do it...” and my mother would always reply, “If he told you jump off a bridge would you?” Of course I wouldn’t have; but she was proving her point, which was I had the free will to choose whether I wanted to obey to my sibling or not. I choose to obey and now would have to be held accountable for my actions. Depending on the situation, sometimes we need to obey; however, sometimes we need to rebel.

American author, Shirley Jackson, is known for her fictional mystery and horror works. Her most famous piece is a short story, “The Lottery.” In this story a small village holds a lottery and one unfortunate individual ends up with a slip of paper with a black spot on it. This person is then stoned to death. In reality, the lottery is a horrible ritual believed to be necessary sacrifice for the village to have a bountiful crop that year. When a man mentions how some surrounding villages have abolished the sacrifice and more are contemplating the idea Old Man Warner replies, “Pack of crazy fools...Used to be a saying about ‘Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon.’ There’s always been a lottery.” (229). Old Man Warner also said this was his 77th lottery. Obviously this ritual had been done for many years; nonetheless this is a horrible tradition and the village shouldn’t mindlessly follow their ancestors. In this case, it would be morally right to rebel and revolt against this abominable sacrifice.

Although, if you are going to rebel you must be bold and courageous, also you must be prepared for the possibility of losing something important to you. We have an example of this in the fictional story “A&P” written by John Updike. Updike was renown for his diverse use of literary devices and his ability to successfully include humor in all his writings. Customarily his stories were set in a typical, suburban, American town involving middle class characters. We see all of these attributes in “A&P.” The story begins in the A & P grocery store. The narrator is also the main character, Sammy. The narrator describes three girls wearing “nothing but bathing suits” (244) who walk into the store and are shopping. Sammy is captivated by the girls and cannot take his eyes off them. Lengel the store’s manager notices them and comments, “Girls this isn’t the beach” (246). Lengel tells the girls that if they wish to shop at the A & P they must be dress appropriately. The girls argue that they are dressed appropriately. Lengel allows them to buy their can of Kingfish Fancy Herring Snacks and go on their way, but only under the condition that their shoulders must be covered if they ever wish to come and shop again. Sammy quickly says to Lengel “I quit” (247) partly because he is angry with the way the girls were treated and partly because he wanted to look heroic for the girls. However, the girls kept on...

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