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Traditions In The Hunger Games By Suzanne Collins And The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

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Suzanne Collin's The Hunger Games and Shirley Jackson's The Lottery both demonstrate tradition, scapegoating, and sacrifice as the theme in their story. In “The Lottery” a violent murder occurs each year in order to preserve tradition. The same occurs in The Hunger Games where a tribute is chosen, one male, and one female to represent their district in a deadly death match. However, both stories end with different outcomes. In The Hunger Games whoever is victorious will live a life of riches and freedom whereas in one family member is chosen to be stoned to death. These two stories have one major difference. While The Hunger Games are a punishment, The Lottery is a result of tradition. The ...view middle of the document...

After all families are gathered, names are pulled from the black box by each family member. The villagers use a black box to draw the names, although it isn't the original one that was lost years ago. “Mr. Summers suggest that they make a new box because the current one is shabby, but no one wants to mess with tradition”(Jackson). One of the characters Old Man Warner ridicules young people because the village to the north believes they should end the lottery. He says “Giving up the lottery could lead to a return of living in caves”. The other villages may feel that the lottery should end because If a paper with a black dot is pulled the family member must be stoned to death. The Hunger Games ends with a tribute having to kill an enemy from each district until he or she is victorious. The characters in both stories are scared of standing up for what they believe in because of the consequences, therefore they follow tradition.
Both stories also are represented by scapegoating, a person who is punished for the sins of others. Tessie Hutchinson becomes the victim in the lottery as she is sacrificed. She insists that the lottery was not made fair due to her husband not having enough time to select a paper. By doing so, she suggest that the names be re-picked so that she can save her own hide. If that were to happen her husband and daughter would possibly have their names pulled instead of her. The citizens believe that someone must be sacrificed or blamed so every year they choose a different scapegoat. They villagers feel this way because they believe it will bring a flourish set of crop for the following harvest. The same happens in The Hunger Games as a tribute is chosen to be sacrificed because of the capitols win over the district in the war. Because of their loss, the district uses two innocent teenagers to be sacrificed and fight to the death against other districts in what's called “The Hunger Games”.
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