The Symbolism of Love and Tradition
Symbolism is everywhere. It’s i
n plays, poems, essays, movies, music, and in short stories. There is no wrong way to interpret the symbolism in a piece of literature means. There are three short stories and even though they aren’t entirely the same they all can be tied together in some way by analyzing their symbolism.
Now a days it is rare to see a community that still practices the traditions in once did when it first began. In Shirley Jacksons, “ The Lottery,” the symbolism of the story is about tradition, and trying to keep it alive and on going. When the people are gathered in times square even they talk about how, “ at one time, some people remembered there had been a recital of some sort….”(1081) Or, “ there had been, also, a ritual salute, which the official of the lottery had had to use in addressing each person that came up to the box, but this also has changed with time…”(1081). So the community acknowledges the fact that some things have changed since the beginning but argue that at least they are still doing the lottery, unlike other communities that have gotten rid of it all together. The fact that the community still carries on with the tradition is most likely to be true because that is what holds it together. Who know what would happen if they stopped. Not to say that some people in the community don’t want to stop, Mrs. Adams says, “ Some places have already quit lotteries.”(1083). This comment could be taken in a way that she is agreeing with the fact that other places have quit the lotteries or she is opposing the fact
that other places have quit the lotteries. Throughout the entire story mostly the elders of the community make comments about how, “It’s not the way it used to be,” (1085) or, “
People ain’t the way they used to be.”(1085). Hearing that the elders say this it’s evident that the tradition will stay until they are gone at least. It is not directly said, but when reading the...