On June 26 of 1948, Shirley Jackson’s short story, The Lottery, made its first appearance in an issue of The New Yorker. Jackson was surprised by the substantial amount of backlash she received in regards to her harrowing writing that manifests the rituals of human sacrifice. The story takes place in a small town on an ordinary summer morning. The villagers assemble at the town square for the annual lottery, where one of the villagers will be randomly chosen to sacrifice themselves to the gods of a fertility religion. The villagers believe that a human sacrifice must take place in June to ensure that a bountiful harvest was ahead of them.
According to the most elderly man in the village, “Old Man Warner:” “‘Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon.’” (p.22 l.260-261) The first villagers created the lottery to acquire a heavy harvest. Their method to this was questionable, considering they were willing to take the life of
“‘It’s not fair,’ she said. A stone hit her on the side of the head… ‘It isn’t fair! It isn’t right!’” (Jackson 6) Not all traditions should be kept, and this is prominent in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson. But why exactly must we keep these traditions? On a clear and sunny June day the members of a village gathered in the town square to participate in the lottery.
One big similarity is foreshadowing. This took place in both articles, for, “Charles,” an example of foreshadowing is when he had to think who misbehaved and said than finally said, “Charles.” An example of foreshadowing in, “The Lottery,” is when Old Man Warner says, “ Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon.” This can indicate that the people of the village are sacrificing a human, which they are.
Shirley Jackson's, “The Lottery,” portrays the tradition of a small town in which a member of the community must get sacrificed in order to allow for a good agricultural season. The ways in which they do so is a fair lottery where citizens draw and see if they are the “chosen one” which they end up stoning to death. All citizens must partake in the lottery, including children and the elderly. Through Jackson’s development of the story, the people seem to be in a state of excitement and thrill when being part of the lottery. The citizens are constantly gossiping, laughing, and kids playing, waiting to see who is next to be stoned.
Is it because it is the way it has always been done? In “The Lottery,” a short story, by Shirley Jackson, she uses literary elements such as setting, irony, and symbolism to portray the theme of tradition. The author, in this instance, conveys the existence of a tradition, that is not defined, could cause you to deliberately lose your life. As the narrator begins the story we start to visually see the setting. We know it is “a small village approximately three hundred people, around ten o’clock in the morning on the 27th day of June; the sun out, with blooming flowers, and green grass.” The townspeople gather in the middle of town for the lottery; a yearly ritual believed to be necessary for rich and successful crops.
The short story by Shirley Jackson is very difficult to understand. One day villagers come together in the square town to participate in the lottery to win something. The kids comes first and starts to gathering up stones until their parents come call them to come back. And then the actual lottery starts where somebody is going to win. When picking the lottery the villagers have the ritual where household goes first and then the family members.
In the story witten by Shirley Jackson, “The Lottery”, the author talks about a small village that holds an annual lottery. It is said thay all the men gather in thier groups as well as the women and the children. Stone are gathered by the little ones only choosing the best they could find. It may seem harmless at first but by the end of the story we find out that the “winner” of the lottery is stoned to death. The use of symbolism in the story helps explain the theme of “The Lottery” which affect the tone/mood of the story.
Tessie Hutchinson in The Lottery Character: Tessie Hutchinson The Lottery is a popular short story written by Shirley Jackson. It is a story about an annual event called the Lottery taking place in a village every year to please the gods. Jackson’s story revolves around a village with different characters and different personalities for instance Tessie Hutchinson. As the main character and the winner of the lottery, Tessie Hutchinson becomes the sacrificial lamb for the day. The character archetype present in the lottery is the scapegoat whereby Tessie is the scapegoat of the townspeople.
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