Although many who read Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” believe it to be about a crazy town viciously slaughtering an innocent woman for the ritualized sacrifice to bring them a feastful harvest of corn, it very clearly demonstrates Jackson’s hope to educate readers of the horrors of society’s blind following using social conformity, tradition, and general acceptance. The story starts at around 10 o’clock a.m. on June 27, and children are stacking rocks. The whole town gathers around and picks one piece of paper per family, out of an old black box. One of the pieces of paper has a black dot on it, and the family that receives the black dot has to draw again, this time facing the possibility of death. In the story, Bill Hutchinson has the black dot, and his wife starts screaming about how unfair it is.
In “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, Jackson depicts a society, dominated by men, where ritual murder not only is tolerated but also embraced. It is a society where, every year, the villagers come together and randomly draw slips of paper to determine which member of a family is going to be murdered. “The Lottery” shows an “innate savagery of man" (Nebeker 1). Despite a civilized outward appearance with schools, post offices, and banks, the villagers have not progressed from a primitive and inner Cain and Abel mentality where they are able to kill savagely on command with no remorse and no shame, just like Cain, who was able to kill his brother with no shame because Cain's offering was insufficient. The theme of shamelessness in a male-dominated society runs throughout “The Lottery,” not just during its horrible ending, and especially becomes obvious in the villagers’ lack of respect for life.
Jackson uses the theme to convey the harsh tradition of the lottery and to demonstrate the powers of conformity, the inhumanity of society, and how inherited traditions can become evil. In Jackson’s story, the lottery is a tradition that towns from all over participate in and conform to the inhumane killing of innocent people. This tradition is not at all like your normal community gathering. In this tradition, every person, including children and elders
Imagine waking up in the morning thinking it was a normal day, but by the end of the day, you’ll be dead. In “The Lottery,” a village is stuck in a malicious tradition where one person is killed at random each year. In “The Story of an Hour,” a woman unexpectedly dies, “of the joy that kill”(Chopin 3). In both “The Lottery,” and “The Story of an Hour,” the author uses foreshadowing to hint at death, but each author uses it in their own way. In Shirley Jackson’s short story “The Lottery,”she uses stones to foreshadow death.
The bizarre story by an American Shirley Jackson, published in 1948 describes the effectual repercussions of propagations of barbaric traditions without questioning it. The plot of the story is in the contemporary America with an annually conducted ritual “the lottery.” The story described as ‘a chilling conformity gone bad.’ On the 27th day of June, the locals get nervous due to the lottery ritual that ends up in a senseless murder of one (Shirley, The Lottery, 1948). The locale of the story is the town square where only about three hundred people are gathered. Shirley leaves the constructions of the locale inherently engraved in the construction of the readers mind. The structural location of the story does not send quill of decipherment
Shirley Jackson emphasizes this absurdity in the short story, “The Lottery,” through the irrational and ludicrous oppression of Tessie Hutchinson, the protagonist. The author created a world in which, every year, all of the villagers take part in the lottery, where they draw a slip of paper, one of which has a black dot on it. The villager, in this case Tessie Hutchinson, who selects that paper is, in an astonishing peripeteia, stoned. In “The Lottery,” Shirley Jackson conveys the theme that there is no basis
In "The Lottery" we are introduced to an unusual lottery in where one person gets unfortunately chosen and stoned to death. In the short story, we process Tessie, the unfortunate that gets stoned to death. In the community, Tessie is surrounded with has proven to be a community that fears to speak up for others in order to not risk their lives. Jackson illustrates Tessie calls out "it's not fair"(33).
Have you ever noticed growing up is a challenge? It’s like having a obstacle you have to do in order to succeed in life. In this Essay I will talk about how The Outsiders by S.E Hinton and the poem “Nothing gold can stay” by Robert Frost are related. The Outsiders is about a gang who live by themselves after their mother’s die. Johnny Cade and Ponyboy Curtis are the main characters, they soon kill a soc named Randy, Pony and Johnny then get persecuted by the police.
Many pieces written by Jackson have a small-town setting that end with horror. The short story “The lottery” is about a small village that has an annual lottery in which the winner gets stoned to death. Many of the townspeople know this is inhumane, but they choose not to speak out because their name isn’t picked. Jackson uses direct characterization to describe all the characters in the village and uses symbolism throughout the story. Not to forget about the vivid description of the setting in the beginning of the short story.
The death on lottery day was thought to be normal in these towns, but it was not normal to me. This tradition is gruesome and made me uncomfortable that this could be normal to anyone, fictional or real. These people were killed with stones. The author said, "Bobby Martin had already stuffed his pockets full of stones..." (291). This quote really gave the element of death to the story.