In the stories 'A Moment before The Gun Went
Off' and 'The Lottery,' there is the situation in
which a group of people cling to traditions very
blindly. In both stories the traditions are so dug
into the people's way of life that questioning them
is considered sacrilege within these communities.
Furthermore, the members of the community no longer
even remember why the traditions were set up in the
fist place. They follow the traditions simply
because their predecessors followed the traditions.
Another similarity between the communities in both
stories is, even though these traditions are firmly
entrenched in these communities, they are rapidly
losing there grip in other communities. This detail
is not only mentioned in both stories, but looked
down upon by communities that still follow the
In the story 'The Lottery,' the tradition is to
hold a lottery on a specific summer day, but
instead of winning a cash prize or some other good
thing, the winner gets to be stoned to death by the
members of the community.
The character that is
mentioned most in this story is one by the name of
Mrs. Hutchinson. Mrs. Hutchinson is a devoted
mother and housewife. She is the one who eventually
gets singled out to win the lottery. So it is Mrs.
Hutchinson who is impacted the most brutally by the
lottery. However the other people of the village
are affected differently by the lottery. It is very
unlikely that the people of the village kill people
for the sake of killing people. More likely there
is a deeper reason. One possibility is that the
people of this village of this village are looking
for a scapegoat. A person to take the blame for
mistakes and sins of others, so one person...