ENG1101 UNG Dead Men’s Path And The Lottery Analysis

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Analysis on Old Tradition Chinua Achebe's "Dead Men’s Path" and Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" both mention an old tradition in the stories. However, the two traditions are totally different categories. And the two stories show two different kinds of attitudes people need to hold when facing legends. There is no doubt that essential customs need to be respected, while waste customs need to be rejected. To find out the best way for old traditions, analysis is a necessary action to be noticed. In the two stories, the importance of analysis also appears. In the following paragraphers, the importance of analysis on old traditions will be proved with the help of the two short stories. In the "Dead Men's Path," Chinua Achebe created a headmaster who is a young headmaster. Michael Obi works hard and wants to achieve some successes as a headmaster in an unprogressive school. As a "progressive" educator, Obi insists on his principles to manage the school that refuses to give some space for a path which connects the village shrine and the place of burial. His stubborn decision makes the villagers think the ruin of the path annoying their ancestors, so a young woman died in childbed. Another day, Obi's work has been destroyed by angry villagers (Achebe 187). A small but failed concession on the custom finally leads to an internecine ending. Differently, "The Lottery" describes a story which follows the old custom, but another's death is also caused. All the villager gather for the result of an annual "lottery." The one who gets the lottery will be hit by stones until sying (Jackson 235). In this story, Shirley Jackson shows the readers how observing traditions blindly eventually leads to a tragedy. The traditions in these two stories both cause terrible outcomes. However, the ways traditions cause harm are different. In other words, the two stories represent two various aspects of old traditions. Ancient traditions can be both meaningful and harmful. In the "Dead Men's Path," the headmaster does not respect the old culture which is significant to the village. He blindly chases his own ambition for his career by the "new way," while ignoring the "old way." His lack of thinking and showing respects on the traditions make himself lose the chance for success. To the contrary, the villagers in the story of "The Lottery" obey the old tradition excessively. They never tried to think or contradict anything about the dated custom they are acting. Too much trust in the tradition causes the tragedy of Mrs. Hutchinson's death. These two stories tell the truth that old traditions need to be analyzed. That is because of the bad endings of the two short stories come from the lack of analysis. In Chinua Achebe's novel, Obi merely sees one part of the path, that is the occupied space of the school. One article points out that from Obi's perspective, leading people away from "fantastic notions" is the duty of the school ("Overview..." n.p.). Obi may consider the occupation of the school compound for such a "religious" path as a destruction for the modern education method which he insists. Different from the meaning of the route for Obi, the road has a more significant meaning for the villagers. Obi may think the thought of "path for dead men" is footling and unenlightened, while villagers regard it as a heritage of their culture and history. Obi's action just reveals that he does not have enough understanding of the traditions. Ancient traditions need more analysis. By this way, they can achieve more understanding. If Obi can think more and analyze more, the ending of the story may be different. The old tradition in "The Lottery" has a similar problem. From the beginning of the story, the writer tries to create a kind of collectivistic atmosphere. That is just another big problem which exists in the field of traditions. In the story, "no one speculates on the meaning of the lottery" (Oates 47). People are told to do so, and they perform this annual "activity" because they merely want to do it. No one tries to analyze the meanings behind this tradition. No one wants to find the historical or the cultural origins of the tradition. And no one wants to ask if the tradition is still suitable for the time. So no one tries to change it. Even the "black box," which is the tool for the lottery, is so old and broken, but people never try to change it. Also, no one asks the origin of the box. Lack of thinking and analyzing becomes the "prime culprit" of the sad ending. From these two stories, readers can see that traditions need analysis so that they can be observed in a better way. For different aspects from different stages which are connected with customs, analysis is always a significant element. Before taking any actions to carry out traditions, learning the historical sources and cultural background is still a necessary step. For the reason that it is an excellent way to understand one tradition profoundly and comprehensively. There is an old saying in China, that is "Know yourself and know the enemy, you will win every war." Learning the story behind is the premise to implement a tradition. When preparing a tradition, analysis plays its most significant role. Analyze the advantages and disadvantages of one tradition objectively to see whether it keeps up with the times, and where the tradition stands, positive, negative or neutral positions. And the most important is, try to decide from the analysis of whether to accept or reserve the tradition or not. If possible, some modifications may also be applied to a tradition. The next stage is the implemented process. During the process, noticing problems which exist and receiving feedbacks are essential. By analyzing these problems and feedbacks, corrections can be added on time. Last but not least, rethinking is necessary, too. It can be helpful to find problems which still exist and make sure a tradition will not be opposed or denounced by the current society. In conclusion, analysis is an essential factor for old traditions which cannot be ignored. Merely from these two stories, analysis is quite an important cause. However, more details still deserver considerations. Works Cited Achebe, Chinua. “Dead Men’s Path.” Backpack Literature. Edited by X. J. Kennedy and Dana Gioia 5thed., Person, 2016. p. 187 Jackson, Shirley. “The Lottery.” Backpack Literature. Edited by X. J. Kennedy and Dana Gioia 5thed., Person, 2016. p. 235 Oates, Joyce Carol. “Shirley Jackson in Love & Death.” New York Review of Books, vol. 63, no. 16, Oct. 2016, pp. 47–51. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx? direct=true&db=mlf&AN=EIS118457636&site=ehost-live. "Overview: 'Dead Men's Path'." Short Stories for Students, edited by Matthew Derda, vol. 37, Gale, 2013. Literature Resource Center, http://link.galegroup.com/apps/ doc/H1430007799/LitRC?u=troy25957&sid=LitRC&xid=8f5c2429. Accessed 14 Apr. 2019. ...
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Analysis of an Old Tradition
Chinua Achebe's "Dead Men’s Path" and Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" both
mention an old tradition in the stories. However, the two cultures are entirely different
categories. The two accounts dispense two different kinds of attitudes people need to
hold when facing legends. There is no doubt that essential customs need to be
respected, while there is a need to reject waste customs. In finding out the best way
for old traditions, analysis is a necessary action to be noticed. In the two stories, the
importance of commentary is also evident. There is a proof of significance of analysis
on old traditions in the following paragraphs of the two short stories.
In the "Dead Men's Path," Chinua Achebe created a young headmaster. Michael
Obi works hard and wants to achieve some successes as the headmaster in an
unprogressive school. As a "progressive" educator, Mr. Obi insists on his principles to
manage the school, thus refusing to give some space for a path which connects the
village shrine and the place of burial. His stubborn decision makes the villagers think
that the ruin of the way annoying their ancestors, so a young woman died in childbed.
Another day, some angry villagers destroy Obi's work (Achebe 187). A small but
failed concession on the custom finally leads to an internecine ending.
On the other hand, "The Lottery" describes a story which follows the o...

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