What are some points of comparison between "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson and the filmĀ  Fiddler on the Roof?

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William Delaney | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The two stories are greatly separated by time and space, but there are a couple of points of comparison. Both take place in patriarchal societies. In "The Lottery" it is obvious that the men still dominate their families and the village as a whole. It is men who conduct the lottery and men who draw the slips from the box. InFiddler on the Roofthe men are supposedly in charge of everything, although their authority seems to be slipping. Tevye would like to be able to decide which men his daughters would marry--but they all make their own choices, and he can do little but cry "Tradition!" in protest against the way his society is changing. He sounds a little like Old Man Warner in "The Lottery." Tradition has a strong hold in "The Lottery," but there are indications that the younger people are building opposition, like the young men and women in "Fiddler on the Roof."


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