In this particular time and age the act of what happening would seem normal. The era of a small or large town coming together the residents of a tiny town assemble together in the square on June 27, a gorgeous daytime, for the urban raffle. In additional towns, the lottery yields slower, but there was only 300 people in this town, so the lottery takes only two hours. Village families, who have just finished school for the summer, run around collecting stones. They put the stones in their pockets and make a load in the square.
I worry about how we can survive for another week. I worry about how the hell I am going to keep the King from knowing where we are and how we are going to survive. Hell, I worry about when I am going to be able to take a nice warm bath or even have warm water! The disease started it all. I lived in a small town so we never got an outbreak because almost everyone in the town was… special, even if they didn’t know it.
As mentioned in the story Old Man Warren remarks, “There’s always been a lottery”(Jackson4), interpreting that it should be kept that way just because it has for years, without seeing how cruel every person attending the lottery are being. The prize of the lottery is an example of situational irony. Situational irony is when the readers have an idea of what will happen, but instead it turns out to be the total opposite. The readers expected a positive outcome, but the prize ended up being unbelievable; The winner of the lottery dies. The idea that a small town would make such an event an annual tradition shows the depths to which superstition takes humanity.
During the party there was games like cornhole and horseshoes. The kids mostly played “spy” as we used to call it. Playing with my friends I didn’t think to much about the move because I was having so much with my friends! Everyone was eventually called into the house for dinner. This was the time that it hit me...the move is in two days and there was so much I wanted to do before I left.
Our first from Andover Central by a buzzer beater, and our second from Derby by 3, but other than that we won all of our games by 5 or more. In the league tournament we beat Derby North, by more than 15, and McPherson by more than 5 points. Finally, we got another shot at Derby, we only had one practice before the championship game. When we walked into Derby North middle school the 7th grade championship game was starting. After that we had to play, it was quiet, then our student section walked in and it got loud.
Through the story we see that this lottery is a yearly event. One might say, that it is tradition since it has been around since before Old Man Warner’s time. To summarize the occurances in this ritual or tradition it begins with the gathering of all the villagers. With exception to those who cannot attend, though they must have someone draw for them “Mr.
Most traditions and celebrations are meant to be jubilant and joyous, yet “The Lottery” shows another way to interpret it and confuses the readers with the title. “It had spent one year in Mr. Graves’s barn and another year underfoot in the post office and sometimes it was set on a shelf in the martin Grocery and left there” (6). This quote represents the tradition that the small town has been holding onto for many years. Like the lottery itself, the black box has no functionality except for two hours every June. As time passes, the purpose of the box is cloudy and confusing.
“The Lottery” is an realism/horror story written by Shirley Jackson. The story is about some villagers of a small New England town who follow the tradition of making a lottery every year. When it comes, they like to celebrate it with the correct rules and the correct objects so they can feel more comfortable. Everyone need to take a slip of paper from a small black box, and the paper with a black dot in it means that the family is the winner, then they raffle again; Bill Hutchinson, who was the husband of the protagonist Tessie Hutchinson picked a paper with a black dot in it, that meant that Tessie was the winner of the lottery, then she starts complaining because the drawing was not conducted properly. At the end, the townspeople moved off to a cleared spot outside the town and they begin stoning her to death (Jackson).
Many themes could be interpreted throughout the “The Lottery”. While Shirley Jackson is writing “The Lottery”, she gives a good theme of tradition. Throughout the whole story she explains the little events the people of the village do once a year, the day the lottery takes place. The villagers take tradition so far when it is time for the lottery because they have done the event so long they see nothing wrong with it. The lottery is taking someone’s life away because that person drew a black dot.
She was known for her more popular short stories such as; “The Lottery”, “Life Among Savages”, and “Hangsam”. Shirley Jackson wrote the lottery on a warm June day and only took two hours. Although many people hated it, and were very confused she never offered an explanation about what the deep meaning was. The short story “The Lottery,” is based in a small village in England. Once a year a so called “Lottery” is held, where one person will be stoned to death.