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English Comp Essay

962 words - 4 pages

Trevor Long
Josh Tucker
ENGL 1020
25 November 2014
No Harmful Intentions
Doing the right thing in life can be harmful, even if it is the right thing to do, many people can be affected by these decisions. By doing the right thing it is always harmful to someone. Harm can be collected in multiple ways not only physically, but neglect and psychological harm can also be intended to be the right thing to do. Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” and Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun” both use their stories to represent how doing the right thing can be harmful by neglect, psychological and physical harm. The two stories are both written about the way people inside a community live and ...view middle of the document...

People harmed by physical and physiological abuse, peoples being killed and their minds being messed with watching this horrific event. In “The Lottery” Shirley Jackson is referring to the traditional stoning “ It isn’t fair, it isn’t right”(319). By doing the right thing the people engage in the act and they do not feel as if it is harming, as stated in Jennifer Hicks article “But what we do not see is a sense of guilt in the townspeople”(par.6). By carrying a tradition, it can be harmful as it is in this story. When doing the right thing you may not be harmed, but someone in the path of the decisions can be harmed.
By living what is believed as the right way of life can be harmful and can affect many people. In Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun” a setting of African American characters in a Harlem town living in the slums. Living in a small apartment throughout this story you can see the different traits and personalities of the characters. A family full of aspirations to be successful, prosperous, and secure they fall upon a sum of insurance money from a passed loved one. Every character wanting to make different investments showing the different characters personalities. An investment believed to be the right thing to do harms the family by losing the left over money from the main investment a home. Characters not harmed physically but mentally, with their money gone they are lost and don’t know what to do. As stated in “A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry “Look down here and show me the strength”(412). With strength to overcome the harm come by the investment that lost all of the families remaining money. By doing what is believed to be the right thing and investing into a trap of thief’s it harms...

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