Stories and Tellers

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Short stories often provide different themes that might highlight thechallenges that people experience in a community. “The YellowWallpaper” that is written by Charlotte Perkins Stetson looks atthe mental challenges that the narrator is undergoing and theassistance that her husband and other family members provide toassist her with the condition. On the other hand, “The Lottery”by Shirley Jackson shows how a village has an annual event thatchooses one person that will be stoned to death. This essay willprove how “The Lottery” is more chilling than “The YellowWallpaper” since it provides a sudden shift of events whereneighbors, friends and loved ones turn against Mrs. Hutchinson andstone her to death.

The Lottery shows various shocking details since the charactersportray the shift in loyalties, and people that seem like friends endup hurting each other. For instance, the Delacroix family hasrevealed how they are unable to stick to their original stands andswitching their allegiance so that they can suit their selfishinterests. First, Mr. Delacroix is the one that is seen drawing thestrips, and that means that he is clearly planning something. On theother hand, Mrs. Delacroix is seen chatting and laughing with Mrs.Tess Hutchinson, and one can assume that the two are friends (Jackson2). However, when Tess chooses the strip with the dot, Mrs. Delacroixis the first one to pick a large stone to hit her. She also talks illof Mrs. Graves, who is known to be a silent person that is notconcerned about others. It is clear that the lottery seems to providea platform where the members of the community can unleash their angertowards the ones that they hate. It reveals how they treat each otheras a huge family while their deeds do not portray such assumptions.Mrs. Delacroix even looks at the entire scenario is a typical event,but, it is shocking how she is seen talking with Tess and turns onher (Jackson 7). Normally, individuals that stay together aresupposed to support their counterparts when they are facing certainchallenges. Turning against a friend shows that the relationship wasjust an illusion and nothing serious was expected to arise from thescenario. The experience is clearly chilling and shows how peopleshould not trust everyone, and the ones that might seem like friendscan turn their backs on others quite easily.

The story also begins with the innocence of the kids collectingstones, and one might assume that it is a peaceful communalgathering, but, picking the strips reveals some shocking traditions.The assembly showed individuals that seemed rational and they weremore open to holding productive conversations, but, that was not thecase. The boys that include Harry Jones, Dickie Delacroix and Bobby,are the ones that have the responsibility of collecting the stones,and one might assume that they are playing a childish game (Jackson1). In fact, people are seen talking and laughing showing that theentire scenario is just an ordinary event. However, the sudden turnof events exposes the evil in the minds of the villagers that arefocused on killing one of their own. Clearly, these people have beenblinded by the loyalty of obeying their traditions and ignoring therational understanding of certain aspects of their lives. Forinstance, it seems barbaric that they can unite and stone someone todeath even if he or she has not done any harm (Jackson 7). Thetradition has also turned out to be an eternal event that everyone isexpected to embrace despite the evil associated with itsconsequences. Shockingly, no one seems to understand the origin andhistory of the lottery show how they were misled. Everyone isreluctant to question the tradition because they are afraid of theconsequences that might arise later. The events also demonstrate thatthe community has somehow been misled into believing that what theydo is completely right. The way that people can turn on each otherand they will not support anyone when the traditions declare they arethe ones to be stoned. It is chilling to deal with such issues andshow how such societies need to reconsider how they look at issues.

It is shocking how the story also does not consider the bond in afamily and the ability to oppose evil in the society. Clearly, Mrs.Hutchinson is stoned by the other villagers while her children andhusband cannot intervene. In fact, when Mrs. Hutchinson beginsbegging for forgiveness, her son is holding pebbles ready to stoneher mother to death (Jackson 7). In normal circumstances, familiestend to have strong ties that keep together and assert on unityregardless of the situation they are facing. However, the same casedoes not apply in this scenario because everyone is blinded by thetraditions that they have been practicing since time immemorial. Thecollective ritual seems to break any emotional bonds that the familymembers might have. Friends turn on each other, and the husbandscannot assist their wives in dealing with the agony that they arefacing (Jackson 7). Everyone looks at the act like a normal eventthat occurs annually, and they are expected to respect the customsthat were established ages ago. It seems like the lottery turns thevillagers into zombies that do not understand what they are doing andthey behave like they are satisfied with what they are doing. Rightafter the lottery ends, the families reassert their emotional ties,and they end up considering the essence of their relationship. Forinstance, the families will mourn the loss of their loved ones, yet,they are the same people that participated in the stoning of theircounterparts. The hypocrisy in their acts reveal how the villagersare confused and they do not understand what they are doing becausepeople are supposed to take care of their friends, parents, loversand siblings too rather than attacking them.

Some individuals seem to doubt the credibility of the evil acts andsome neighboring villages have abandoned the practice, but mostpeople lack the audacity to question the long-held traditions. Thefact that some of them can identify the flaws with the event showsthat it does not propagate anything meaningful. Instead, it seems tocreate enmity among the family members and the villagers too. Thestory presents a chilling account of shocking practices that areevident in that village. The sudden shift of events in a communitythat appeared peaceful and happy shows how people could turn intohorrific creatures instead. For instance, Mr. Adams is heard tellingMr. Warner that some of the villages have ignored the lottery(Jackson 4). However, the old man argues that the idea is not thebest approach that they should take. Mrs. Adams also supports thesame approach, and Mrs. Dunbar seems reluctant in participating inthe act (Jackson 4). It is clear that some of the individuals areliving in fear of being the victims and they wish that the practicecan be done away with. In this case, they were afraid of opposingsuch traditions because the events often turn the villagers intoinhumane creatures that are totally heartless. Hence, keeping silentmight be the best option that people can use in maintaining peace andharmony. They also seem united while implementing the traditions andthey believe that they are united to face one common enemy. Stoningtheir friends and family members show how they have murderous desiresand use such aspects in killing others. They are also training theyoung children to be killers, something that proves how heartlesspeople can become just because they are enslaved by the traditions.

However, “The Yellow Wallpaper” is less chilling because nothingseems sudden and frightening right from the start. For instance, thecircumstances reveal that the narrator has a problem and her husbandbeing a doctor proves that (Stetson 648). The family members arestruggling to help her, but, she sees that they are interfering withher freedom. She even wants to be an active decision-maker in thefamily, something that might seem a bit irrational if it isimplemented. Her husband even claims that she has temporary nervousdepression, and that has undermined her ability to think rationallylike other people do. Hence, everyone is cautious, and they do checkon her frequently, and she is even locked in a room alone. When shebelieves that a woman has been trapped in the yellow wallpaper, noone is shocked because such behaviors are common among the patientswith mental issues (Stetson 651). Perhaps, the fact that the narratoris mentally sick makes the reader expect anything that she might do.When she tears the wallpaper from the wall, nothing strange seems toarise from the entire scenario. That aspect makes the scenario lesschilling than “the Lottery,” which introduces some shockingdetails. No one had expected the sudden turn of events, and thatmakes it more interesting in comparison to “the Yellow Wallpaper.”The story also captures some typical activities that are quite normalaround the mentally sick individuals. However, no one can expect thebarbaric acts that the rational villagers exposed while stoning Mrs.Hutchinson.

In conclusion, “The Lottery” is more chilling because of theshift in loyalties, the murderous instincts that they possess and theway the children are exposed to humanity crimes from such an earlyage. It presents some of the scenarios that no one has ever imagined,and the villagers are painted as violent individuals that are readyto kill with a smile on their faces. In this case, even Mrs.Hutchinson’s children participated in the process of stoning hershowing how the traditions have misled the families to ignore thebond that is supposed to keep them closer. On the other hand, “TheYellow Wallpaper” does not have any shocking events because thenarrator portrayed behaviors that are typical of the people that havemental challenges. Hence, the experiences described are just some ofthe issues that one might expect while interacting with patients thathave such challenges.

Works Cited

Jackson, Shirley.“The lottery.” The New Yorker (1948).

Stetson, CharlottePerkins. “The Yellow Wallpaper.” The New England Magazine.(1892).