Besides Tessie, what other examples of scapegoating can you recall?Whats different attitudes toward the ritual are taken by the characters?
Whats different attitudes toward the ritual are taken by the characters? Eg. Mr. Summers, Old man Warner, Mr. and Mrs. Adams, Mrs. Hutchinson, and the villagers
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Tessie is only scapegoat, the only person who dies to cleanse the village of its sins (one interpretation) or to ensure that everyone will work hard (another interpretation). As Old Man Warner states, "Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon." Mr. Summers, who marks the tickets, and Mr. Graves both are part of the "upper class" and both support the lottery. The work ethic (a good crop of corn) the lottery encourages would profit them the most. Mr. and Mrs. Adams mention that perhaps the lottery should be given up, but Old Man Dunbar silences them immediately. Tessie is the likely candidate for the scapegoat because she makes several mistakes which challenge the town’s work ethic upon which the lottery is based. She is late for the lottery, she is late doing the dishes, and she teases her husband to go up and take his chance (“Get up there, Bill”), when women clearly are subordinate in the village. Interestingly, when she selects the "winning ballot," she doesn't hesitate to remind the town that her daughter Eva should also choose. Everyone in the village, even the children, participate in the stoning. The enotes link offers an excellent explanation concerning the role of evil and violence and myth in the story, while the other link offers a Marxist interpretation.
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