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agreen2392 | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted September 17, 2011 at 9:50 AM via web

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What kind of conflict was dominant in the story?

find a quote if possible or explain the conflict

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 17, 2011 at 11:37 PM (Answer #1)

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Another conflict which is seen at the end of Shirley Jackson's short story "The Lottery" happens with some of the townsfolk. Throughout the story, the hoarding of rocks by the boys of the town alludes to the impending stoning of the winner.

In the end, readers see a few of the townsfolk grabbing as many rocks as they can, while others only grab a few. One of the townswomen, Mrs. Dunbar, seems to not be able to take place in the stoning of her friend Tessie.

Mr. Dunbar had small stones in both hands, and she said. gasping for breath. "I can't run at all. You'll have to go ahead and I'll catch up with you."

Not only does Mrs. Dunbar tell the others to go on without her, she has also only grabbed two small rocks. There is certainly an internal conflict arising in Mrs. Dunbar given she only grabs two small rocks and does not wish to be at the front of the line against Tessie.

Therefore, outside of Tessie's internal and external conflicts noted in the answer above, Mrs. Dunbar also seems to be conflicted as well.

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sdineley | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted September 17, 2011 at 12:37 PM (Answer #2)

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There are several conflicts in The Lottery; however, the main conflict is Tessie Hutchinson's reaction to "winning" the lottery.  This conflict is both internal and external - internal on Tessie's part because she knows what's coming, and she doesn't want to "win"; external because the whole town ensures she "wins".

The themes of tradition and sacrifice lead us to the conflict in the story.  However, the real conflict comes when we read the story, realize what happens at the end and how we deal with our own feelings of injustice and disbelief as presented in the story.

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