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Comparing The Hunger Games to The Lottery

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Elisa Quiroga

on 23 February 2015

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Comparing The Hunger Games to The Lottery
In the lottery, Tessie Hutchinson did not get to choose her fate. She didn't get to decide whether she wanted to be the sacrifice or not. The decision was made for her when everyone drew the slip of paper out of the box. She did get to decide however, which slip of paper she got. The villagers also got to decide whether they were going to throw the rock at Tessie. Some may have not wanted to because they didn't feel it was right, but they had to make a decision; them or Tessie. If they wouldn't have thrown it, they as well would have probably been stoned. The town could have also decided whether they wanted to keep the tradition going. Some people were debating whether to get rid of the sacrifice, since they had heard other villages had done so. If they all would have chosen to not sacrifice anyone, they could have spared Tessie's life.
In the Lottery, fear is present when they are drawing the papers out of the box. All of the villagers fear, of getting the slip of paper on it, and having to get stoned. There is also fear that if you don't throw the stone at a person, you will also be killed. The fear of everyone is that if they don't sacrifice someone, they won't get a good crop year. The Lottery is really for the common good; one person gets killed while the rest get plentiful of food. I think Old Man Warner fears that people are starting to think the Lottery is a bad idea. When the villagers bring up how other villages have given up the Lottery, they start to question why they haven't given it up. Old Man Warner convinces them that giving up the Lottery wouldn't be beneficial and they wouldn't get good crops. He blames it on the young adults that are living in the other villages. The characters respond to the action taking place by throwing the stones at the victim. They don't care who the victim is, because they dehumanize the individual so it doesnt feel like they are killing someone. They also throw the stone out of fear, that if they don't they will also get stoned.
The Reaping
The reaping is a frightening place to be if you are between the ages of 12-18. It is scary because you could be picked to be a tribute for your district. Each year a female and male are picked to participate in the Hunger Games. The reaping is a tradition and a ceremony as well. Its a tradition because every year they have done it. It is a ceremony because everyone gathers to find out whether they are a tribute in the hunger games, or not. When the people in the district find out who the tributes are, they don't rejoice because it wasn't them who got picked. They salute them, because the hardships that they will endure will be tough.
The people in the districts obey the government and President Snow because they don't want to be punished or killed. They conform because they know that if they don't their family/ loved ones could get hurt. Gale also asks Katniss what would happen if no one watched? She simply stated that they would. I think that they would watch because it had been tradition for so long, and they wouldn't want to upset it. Also because if they didn't watch the government could come after them. The citizens of Panem also know how cruel and vicious the Hunger Games are, but they don't protest because they know that bad things would happen if they did. Katniss was also not afraid to stand out and volunteer. No one had ever done it in district 12 but she was not afraid to bend the rules. The characters react to this by saluting Katniss, for being brave, and taking on the other tributes.
In the Capital, everyone lives in nice houses, with lots of food, and luxurious goods. They don't worry about getting picked for the Hunger Games, because only the districts get chosen. Meanwhile in the districts there is always fear that you will get picked to fight in the Hunger Games. When Katniss and Peeta get picked as tributes, they are scared for their own life. They may not want to kill others, because they know how bad that would be. They choose to do it though, because they fear they may die if they don't kill the other tributes. The differences in both society's are that the Capital, controls all twelve districts. There is no democracy in the government, it is a tyrannical government, that gathers money, while they leave the districts in poverty. This might frighten the citizens of the districts because they feel, that if they were to try and rebel against the government, it would fail, because they are too powerful and have more technology and wealth. When Prim gets picked for the Hunger Games, her mother doesn't respond in an angry way, or try to make them change the tribute. She knows that she has no power against the government, so she does not try to protest. Katniss does respond by volunteering as tribute, because she fears her sister would die in the woods. It is also out of fear that they come to the reaping because they know that if they don't come, they will be punished or killed.
The Hunger Games
The Lottery
Animalistic Instincts
In the Hunger Games, Effie Trinket chooses who fights in the Hunger Games, but it is not only her choice. Katniss chooses to volunteer as tribute for the Hunger Games, because she knows her sister will die in the woods. Her choice determined the path her life would take. When she chose to volunteer, Katniss didn't know if she would make it out alive. She took the risk though, because she didn't want her sister to have to fight in the arena. She also had the decision at the end of the games to eat the berries with Peeta and die, or for one them to die, so the other could succeed. They both didn't want to kill each other so they almost ate the berries. Before they could President Snow spared both of them and granted them the winners of the Hunger Games. Katniss' decision to eat the berries, made them the winners of the Hunger Games. The people of district 12 are relieved that their tributes didn't die. They now show respect towards them, because they defied the government.
Animalistic Instincts
The Lottery
In the Hunger Games, everyone in the arena has animalistic instincts. Without these instincts, they wouldn't be able to kill anyone, because they would feel too bad. When they endure these instincts they see the other tributes as something, not as someone. This makes it easier for the tributes to kill one another and not feel bad about it. President Snow as well as the operators who control the arena have animalistic instincts. They have these instincts so they can control the arena, and try to kill the tributes. If they didn't have them they would feel a burden for trying to kill the individuals. The tributes also have these instincts because they are very aware of their surroundings, and are ready to attack, when they see someone.
In the Lottery, all the villagers have animalistic instincts. When they throw the stones at "the winner" they are acting like animals. They don't portray the victim as a human, which makes it easier for them to kill the individual. Tessie also has animalistic instincts because as soon as her husband picks the paper with the dot on it, she immediately protests. It was her instinct to protest against the people, saying that they didn't have enough time to pick. There are also many other ways to get good crops for the year, rather than killing someone. When people start to win at any cost, it becomes an animalistic instinct. Just like the villagers, they want to get good crops for the year, and they believe the only way to do this is to stone someone.
In the Lottery, everyone is convinced that they only way they can get a good crop year, is by sacrificing someone to the "Corn Gods." They believe that this method will bring them good crops, until they hear others have taken away this tradition. If someone thinks they should get rid of tradition it would become nonconformity. This can lead to chaos in the village, but can also make them see, that what they were doing was wrong. In the village if someone doesn't engage in the practice, they could be singled out and killed or punished. The villagers have also accepted this practice because it was all they had known. Since they were little they had been brought up with this notion that "Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon." This is the only way that they think they can get good crops for the year, so if someone is to say there is a better way than killing someone, they are putting themselves in danger. The characters react to this by believing that the only way to get crops is to throw rocks at someone.
In the Lottery, the head of each family picks the slip of paper. Then the family picks a slip of paper, until they find the one with the black dot. This dot symbolizes the stone, that they are going to throw at the winner. When the winner is chosen, the rest are happy because they didn't get picked. They don't feel bad for the victim, they only care that they didn't get picked to die. The reason that they don't feel bad for the victim is because they dehumanize the individual. They believe that this is the only way to get lots of corn for the year. Since it is tradition no one questions it. Until they hear of other villages getting rid of it. Old Man Warner convinces them that the other villages have dumb adolescents who don't know what they are doing. The characters respond to "the winner" of the lottery by hitting the individual with stones until they die.
By: Elisa Quiroga 9-2
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