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Old 01-26-2004, 07:54 PM   #1
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Default need a topic to write on...about "The Lottery"

So I read this stupid short story about 4 times over and I cant think of one thing to write about.

I found an essay online showing symbolism between peoples ideas and behaviors directly related to capitalism and marxism.

I am not that good of a writer and my prof would know I didnt write that .

Plus I want to understand what I am writing.

My background: its been 3 years since I have been in college...so I am so fricking lost right now that I am making myself be frustrated.



help.

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Old 01-26-2004, 07:54 PM   #2
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Did I mention that I hate english?

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Old 01-26-2004, 07:54 PM   #3
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dont get the black spot or you die. relate it to treasure island
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Old 01-26-2004, 07:56 PM   #4
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dont get the black spot or you die. relate it to treasure island
yea I remember that one ... not (treasure island).

remember --- i hate english. I dont think there is any hope for me on this one though.

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Old 01-26-2004, 08:31 PM   #5
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Old 01-26-2004, 08:50 PM   #6
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a good theme is the ignorance in following rules just for the sake of them being the rules.

status quo, etc
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Old 01-26-2004, 08:51 PM   #7
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cliffs notes:

kid wins lottery. gets stoned to death.
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Old 01-26-2004, 09:17 PM   #8
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watch the movie!! duh! it has um that MTV guy from all long ago. and um kerri russel?
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Old 01-26-2004, 09:31 PM   #9
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a good theme is the ignorance in following rules just for the sake of them being the rules.

status quo, etc
yeah that's the most obvious one - following tradition for tradition's sake alone.

concepts of mercy or lack thereof ... dunno.
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Old 01-26-2004, 09:49 PM   #10
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i read this last year. A big topic discussed was mob mentality
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Old 01-26-2004, 09:58 PM   #11
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california lottery donates to schools
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Old 01-26-2004, 11:49 PM   #12
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I found samples of irony and symbolism in the book, but they are one or two each.. No way I could write 5-8 paragraphs on that.

http://www.netwood.net/~kosenko/jackson.html

I found that online. Maybe it'll help me out...

Never thought about the mob mentality thing. I did think of the others. But again, 5-8 paragraphs

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Old 01-27-2004, 04:00 PM   #13
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How about utilitarianism...the concept of the greatest good for the greatest number?

It's been a long time since I read The Lottery, but as I recall, there was no explanation of why they had to kill the one person...

Hypothetically, if there was an edict which said that the village had to sacrifice one person per year (or whatever the time frame was) or else they would all be killed, then the killing is more justified (in a utilitarian sense) than if they just kill for no reason...

Anyway, just wanted to add my 1.9 cents...
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You want to impress them? Draw correlations from another story.

I'd suggest The Crucible.

You'd be English Big Pimpin' then.
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