Symbols-Clark-Johnson

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  • The black box in “The Lottery” is symbolic of traditions and rituals.
  • The three legged stool in “The Lottery” is symbolic of the Holy Trinity (The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit)
  • The character's name Mr. Summers in “The Lottery” is symbolic of a contradiction the reader’s expectation of summer. The names Mr. Summers is introduced and characterizes his role in Jackson’s story.
  • Typically, traditions continue for a very long time. There are not normally ceased or replaced. But, when an object gets old, it is commonly replaced. His is why the black box is a symbol. Even though it is an old object that is “splintered badly along one side to show the original wood color, and in some places faded or stained” (Jackson, 1), it is replaced. Which is why i is a symbol for tradition. It is an old object and it hasn’t been replaced like most traditions.
  • Barns in the graphic novel Maus, represent Poland and Germany and all of the countries ravaged by the holocaust.
  • The 3-legged stool represents the holy trinity because it is at the center of everything. The stool is placed “in the center of the square”(Jackson, 5) with the black box. It is placed at the center of the the square just like the holy trinity is the middle of the Christian religion. It is also placed there with the black box which represents death
  • Summer is typically seen as a happy thing. It is sunny and bright. In The lottery, it is represented in a bad, dark way because the character Mr. Summers is the leader of the lottery and in a way, the bringer of death. “Mr. Summers set the black box down...The villagers kept their distance, leaving a space between themselves and the stool...while Mr. Summers stirred up the papers inside it”(Jackson, 4) Everybody is saying away from summer instead of enjoying it.
  • Typically, a farm with a barn is a place of prosperity and growth, not a place where somebody should have to hide. The countries that Hitler invaded were once prosperous and growing until Hitler laid them to waste. The barns and the european countries at this time had lost their happiness. All that remains is an entire race of rejected people trying to survive in a barn and in the destroyed countries.
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