Traditions: The Lottery And An American Honor Killing

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In the completely different backgrounds of the story The Lottery and the article An American Honor Killing, both cultures have crazy traditions that their people are expected to follow, no matter how inhumane or difficult they can be. In the small village in The Lottery, the citizens are expected to randomly draw names and kill whoever is picked, whereas in the Iraqi culture portrayed in the article An American Honor Killing, the Iraqi people are expected to live and abide by the traditions and lifestyles. These completely different cultures show that tradition plays a very big role in society, but some traditions can be violent and outrageous.
In The Lottery, inhumane and cruel traditions are the general plot of the story. Once a year, the town randomly chooses a person to sacrifice in a process known as the lottery. The ‘winner’ of the lottery could be anyone: all the citizens of the town have an equal chance of being picked. The friends and family of the winner immediately turn against them and instinctively lose any feelings of respect for the person and begin to stone them to death. Tradition is tradition and the lottery is all that anyone has ever known. The town doesn’t even realize what they’re doing is wrong and cruel – they just follow orders because they’ve always had a lottery and they can’t imagine life without one. “‘Some places have already quit lotteries.’ Mr. Adams said. ‘Nothing but trouble in that,’ Old Man Warner said stoutly. ‘Pack of young fools’” (Jackson 4). Although other towns are quitting the lotteries because they realize they’re wrong and unjust, this village refuses to stray from tradition. A tradition so inhumane and violent should be abandoned, but unfortunately no one sees it that way until they win the lottery. At the very end of the story, when Tessie Hutchinson is chosen it says, “Tessie Hutchinson was in the center of a cleared space by now and she held her hands out desperately as the villagers moved in on her. ‘It isn’t fair,’ she said. A stone hit her on the side of the head. […] ‘It isn’t fair, it isn’t right,’ Mrs. Hutchinson screamed, and then they were upon her” (Jackson 5). Because of this cruel and gory sacrifice,
In the article An American Honor Killing, Faleh Almaleki’s daughter Noor hasn’t been following the Iraqi tradition by her father’s harsh standards. Having lived in America for most of her life, Noor had naturally become accustomed to the “American” way of living, which her father found utterly dishonorable and unacceptable. She found American culture much...

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