In all books authors use figurative language to create suspense and get the reader interested. In “The Lottery,” by Shirley Jackson, a small village gets together on June 27th every year to do the “lottery.” Generally people think of the lottery as being a good thing. In this book, however; if you win you die. One member of each family in the village must walk up to a black box alphabetically, select a piece of paper, and return to their spots. Which every family has the piece of paper with the black dot on it must redraw from the box and who ever then gets the dot will “win” the lottery and get stoned.
Just before 10 a.m. on June 27, the three hundred inhabitants of a small village in New England start gathering at the town square. The children arrive first, and some of the boys begin to put rocks and stones into a pile. As the morning progresses, the men of the village begin to arrive, coming from their farms and fields. They are soon joined by their wives, who have come from their household chores. The scene is convivial: The children laugh and play, and the adults joke and gossip.
They had been using that box since they started with “the lottery's” it was a tradition every time they finished with a lottery they were going to make a new box, but they never did. The black box faded and stained in some places. The black dot represents “death” when they get the black dot it means they won the lottery. “Bill Hutchinson went over to his wife and forced the slip of paper out of her hand. It had a black spot on it…” “All right, folks.” Mr. Summers said.
Literary Analysis of “The Lottery” Nobody loves tradition more than a small town and Old Man Warner in a story called “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson. This story starts out as a normal town everyone is happy chatting in their groups and gossiping. Children are playing outside, and they are also collecting rocks. Wait? Rocks, yes rocks for the annual lottery.
“The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, is about a tradition that happens every year on June 27th. On this warm day of June, the people of the village gather in a square to participate in the tradition lead by Mr. Summers. In the tradition (lottery), Mr. Summers first calls every head of a family (men) forward to pick a piece of paper from a black faded box. Each man has to wait until all the other men of the village have chosen and then they all open the piece of paper at the same time. The winner is the one that has a black dot on their paper.
The Theme Thingy Shirley Jackson’s infamous short story, “The Lottery” is located in a quaint little village around southwest Vermont with a measly population of only 300 people. Every year, the townspeople hold a possibly religious event, with malicious intent. Bill Hutchinson, a hard-working man of the village, is the head of a loving family, whom he runs with his wife tessie. During the actual lottery, the Hutchinson family is picked, and later on, Tessie is chosen as the sole receiver of the many stones that had been gathered by the villagers. The actions of everyone in this family, and the communication has lead me to believe that one of the central themes in this short story is mob mentality.
Analysis of “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson The Lottery, a short story written by Shirley Jackson, tells the story of a small, tight-knit community of about three hundred people who are gathering for their yearly ceremonial event referred to as the lottery, which every townsperson is required to attend and participate in. During this ceremony, one person stands before all the others, calling off the names of the townspeople who are representative of their households to come and draw slips of paper from an old black box passed down from the previous generations that had participated in the lottery. The black box is rumored to be held together by bits and pieces of all the other long-lost boxes that had come before it, and throughout the lottery it sits firmly upon a three-legged stool in the center of the stage. When the last slip is drawn, those who posses them open them up, with one man revealing a slip with a black spot, while all the other slips were blank. The unlucky “winner” of this lottery then had his family called up to the stage, where his wife and three children were also
The Lottery is a short story made by Shirley Jackson. In this short story she tells us about the most important day of the year, June 27. Each year on June 27 the town holds an annual lottery where every citizen, young and old, participate. Unfortunately, to who ever is reading, the surprise occurs at the end when Mrs. Hutchinson is the winner of the lottery and the winning she receives is being stoned to death just so the town can have good crop in the fall. When reading The Lottery for the first time, the story is quite confusing until you get to the end.
The story “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson is a short story of horror and realism. Residents of a small New England town come together in the town square every year and hold their annual lottery. The head of each household goes up and pulls out a slip of paper from the sacred black box. The person who pulls out a slip of paper with a black dot, wins the lottery. This time around the Hutchinsons were the family who pulled out the black dot and one of the family members gets the chance to win the lottery (Jackson 1).
Black is culturally known as a dark and evil color, the choice of using black for the box is a perfect fit for the theme of the short story, foreshadowing the coming death of the citizen. No one in the village surely knows how the lottery started, but they kept on following through with it because it is what has always been done. Another representation of symbolism would be the stones that give an access to all the citizens in the village to throw stones at the selected winner of the lottery. As the narrator observes, "Although the villagers had forgotten the ritual and lost the original black box, they still remembered to use stones." (Jackson 114) in which stoning is ancient and one that costs a great deal of punishment.
Summers spoke frequently to the villagers about making a new box, but no one liked to upset even as much tradition as was represented by the black box.”(5) Plot Summary On the warm summer day of June 27th, the villagers in the town gather together to participate in the annual lottery. Mr. Summers, who runs the event, begins by having the head of every household pick a slip of paper from a black box. Whichever family has the slip with the black dot enters the second drawing of the lottery in which every member of the household participates. Unfortunately the member of the family who picks the slip with the black dot this time does not win money. That person, no matter how old or young, ends up being stoned to death.
They all gather June 27th once a year to perform the lottery, as the adults get ready for the ceremony, the kids play and gather piles of stones. When Mr. Summer starts to perform the ceremony every head of household has to grab a piece of paper from a black wooden box. The family that gets the “marked” piece of paper is the chosen one; in this case, the Hutchinsons were the chosen ones. Now all the family members