CHOOSE ONE OF THESE PROMPTS.
1. Explore the theme of sacrifice in THE LOTTERY and THE ONES WHO WALK AWAY FROM OMELAS. How does this theme show up in other stories and events throughout human history?
2. In THE ONES WHO WALK AWAY FROM OMELAS, the people of the utopian city know that they owe their happiness to the suffering of one child, and many of them decide that it is worth their own happiness to continue exploiting that child. How does this parallel the way wealthier countries exploit less wealthy countries?
3) Look at THE LOTTERY again. When the story came out, many people in America in 1948 were upset that the author seemed to be implying that something as horrific as the Holocaust could happen in America. Discuss how the story mirrors actual events that have happened in America (racial discrimination, etc).