"The Lottery" A Comparison Of The Short Story By Shirley Jones And The Made For Tv Movie.

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The Lottery: You're Only Losing Your LifeIn 1948, Shirley Jackson published a short story in The New Yorker called "The Lottery". In 1996, a modern version was adapted when a made for television movie was produced by Anthony Spinner. Both versions relay that there is strength in large numbers, even when the outcome is immoral. Mindsets and rituals in society are often the result of our complacency; it is easier to keep with tradition then to question its necessity or benefits. The time set of the movie versus the story and the time they were intended to be experienced allow for some interesting differences in the stories. In the end, both maintain the theme that blind obedience is irrational and grotesque.The written story begins with a lovely scene; I would almost envision a small, harmonious town setting like the park in The Music Man. The story is told from a third person viewpoint and is unemotional but very knowledgeable about the town, the lottery and the people. This lull's the reader into a false sense of security and excitement about what will take place. In the end what takes place in the movie and book is a lottery where slips of papers are drawn from a box to select one person from the village. The person selected is a scapegoat and is stoned to death in the town square by every single villager. The viewpoint in the movie version is seen from Jason. Within the first fifteen minutes we see the immorality and corruption of modern day society through his experiences. Jason's in traffic: he finds a dead body; he witnesses the death of his father in a mental hospital and comes home to being dumped by a girlfriend that is career climbing by sleeping with her boss. The viewer feels for him and is relieved when he leaves Boston to explore Harmony, his birthplace and mother's death place. He promised his father he would place his remains with his mother's and he is curious by his father's words to never tell the truth about what happened to the mother who passed away when he was too young to remember her. The viewer senses his lack of connection with anyone in society and is happy to see him arrive in such a clean, nice town. There is some foreshadowing that something is amiss from the moment he enters town; the local law and the innkeepers do not initially welcome him. I believe the producer has to start the movie out this way to give it some plausibility. Most people cannot associate with a clean, fresh, down to earth town in modern society and many filmmakers will show the contrast by the noise and crowds of a large city before drawing them into a place like Harmony.Harmony also places a love interest for Jason. The innkeeper's daughter, Felicity and Jason connect. She is wholesome, pretty and sweet. Felicity helps Jason to find his grandmother and is almost killed. While he is saving Felicity; her mother is emptying the ashes of his father into the trash. The viewer understands that while the town loved his mother, they felt betrayed by...

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