The Lottery 'And The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas'

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The short stories, The Lottery and The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas, Shirley Jackson and Ursula Le Gum develop their ideas of sacrifice. By comparing and contrasting the sacrifice of human beings, the idea to be happy, and the focus of the children, the reader can infer that the overall idea of sacrifice introduces the greater good of the societies. The sacrifice contributed as the “scapegoat” of what the society wants the people to make others or someone else happy. The community of both stories also needs the scapegoat in order for it to survive.

Both stories discuss the sacrifice of a human being but the sacrifice in “The Lottery” is chosen strictly by chance, age isn’t a determinant whereas in “Omelas”, the sacrifice is always a child. However, regardless of this difference, when the time comes, victims in each story begin pleading for release from their doom. In Omelas, “Please let me out, I’ll be good!” (pg ). The naked child sacrifice is locked in a dark cellar, fed small portions of cornmeal and grease once a day and allowed no desirable human contact or communication. In The Lottery, “Tessie screams, it isn’t fair, it isn’t right” (pg ). The sacrifice in this short story is stoned to death by the remaining community including family and friends. The connection in both
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The settings also contribute to the happiness of the communities. In Omelas, “This is what swells the hearts of the people of Omelas, and the victory they celebrate is that of life” (pg 2). In The Lottery, “They grinned at one another… everyone else knew the answer perfectly well, it was the business of the official lottery” (pg 3). The authors use their settings to reflect individuals who cannot conceive of a world without childs misery for their happiness to maintain the “perfect