“Sacrificing Others for Plentiful Crops” Human sacrifice is a part of history. Some religions use sacrifice as a way to remove sin or to ask their god for some sort of help. In “The Lottery”, by Shirley Jackson, human sacrifice is used. Through various literary devices, such as setting, symbols, and irony, Jackson reveals the theme that humans can be so cruel to others without any extra thought. On the morning that the lottery was to take place, the weather was warm, sunny, and clear. The flowers were blooming profusely and the grass green. Everyone gathered around in a clearing and the children were racing about collecting rocks. “The people of the village began to gather in the square, between the post office and the bank around ten o’clock…” People had no qualms about the lottery. They gathered, participated, and some buzzed with excited on June 27 every year. The lottery was a normal thing and the villagers knew what time to arrive in the area used for the lottery. They chose to ignore all the harmful things about the lottery and focused only on the good they thought would come out having the lottery. Jackson was …show more content…
Throughout the story, one particular character shows defiance during the drawing of names. Tessie Hutchinson almost forgets about the lottery in the beginning of the story, she then jokes about the lottery to all her friends and family. However, when the time comes to draw pieces of paper and it is her piece that has the black mark on it she rebels. Tessie Hutchinson shouted to Mr. Summers, “You didn’t give him time enough to take any paper he wanted. I saw you. It wasn’t fair!” Tessie Hutchinson is a passionate advocator for the lottery until it is her family and her slip of paper that decides she is the lucky person of the year. Irony is a main theme in the title of the story. The name of story seems very joyful and exciting until one actually reads the story and it becomes dark and
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Sacrificial Victim: a person who is ritually killed with the intention of propitiating or pleasing a deity. In "The Lottery", Tessie Hutchinson is the black sheep of the group with her late arrival to the group and ultimately delivering a displeasing appearance to the hostile crowd. Tessie is shown as a free spirited young lady who is not afraid to speak her own mind, which is ultimately her epic downfall. As the only villager to stand up against the lottery, Tessie is stoned to death. Her death proved to be a sacrificial victim through her death came happiness to the rest of the villagers.
Tessie Hutchinson is the only villager who protests against the Lottery. When the Hutchinson family draws the marked paper, Tessie exclaims: “It wasn’t fair!”. But her fight is not supported by her family and people around. Her voice is ignored even her husband asks her to be quiet. This refrain continues as she is selected and subsequently stoned to death, but people are always selfish.
The main conflict in The Lottery is between Tessie Hutchinson and the rest of the town. According to Shirley Jackson, “Tessie Hutchinson was in the center of a cleared space by now, and she held her hands out desperately as the villages moved in on her.” “It isn’t fair,” she said. The rest of the town people disagree with her and says everyone took the same chance. One of Shirley Jackson’s conflicts is between the character’s dark actions and the picture-perfect setting.
The tradition of the lottery has been carried out for so long in this village that nobody even knows the reason for its occurring in the first place and nobody questions it. When Old Man Warner, the oldest man in the village, is told about other villages giving up the tradition of the lottery, he says that they are, “[A] pack of crazy fools [...]. There [has] always been a lottery [...]” (Jackson, 4). There is no reason why there has always been a lottery except that every year on June 27th, they held the lottery.
“The Lottery’s” opening lines read: “The morning of June 27th was clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a full-summer day; the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green. ”(Jackson 309). From this line, one can conclude that Jackson is trying to portray the village as a quaint and nice place where townsfolk gather, and no harm occurs. However, this strays far from the truth. As the story continues, the gathering abruptly changes and ultimately leads the townspeople to commit violence and murder.
When the lottery was conducted by Mr. Summers, the writer began to reveal that something is askew, as the crowd got more anxious. As narrated in the story “most of them were quiet. Wetting their lips. Not looking around”. This shows that the villagers were nervous when the lottery began.
The story of “ The Lottery ” by Shirley Jackson is a very surprising story especially towards the end. It causes great consternation and shock when we learn that the winner of the lottery - Tessie Hutchinson, does not win an award, rather finds herself stoned to death. This somewhat shows the role that superstition played years ago. It was widely prevalent and as we progressed in terms of science and technology, we have come to break apart from such harmful traditions. It is precisely due to these superstitions, often many an innocent life has been taken without just cause.
She realizes that this is an unpleasurable and outdated tradition and should be forgotten only because she got chosen. However, if her family’s name wasn’t drawn, she would have blindly followed the ritual, thrilled to have escaped a gruesome, sacrificial death. As a reader it is easy to empathize for Tessie since she or others don’t have a voice in their community or are even able to look at the bigger picture and see that the lottery is unnecessary. Not only does the dramatic irony of the lottery allow the reader to understand Tessie’s view, it creates a similar feeling towards Bill Hutchinson. For example, “Bill Hutchinson went over to his wife and forced the slip of paper out of her hand.
Not only do people sacrifice those they love for interest, but also for tradition. In The Lottery, Mrs. Hutchinson’s family and close friends turn against her in seconds for the sake of tradition. The children had stones already, and someone g[ives] little Davy Hutchinson a few pebbles (Jackson 28). The people in these books deem the sacrifice necessary and end up making the world a darker place by make it okay to kill others.
“The Lottery”, a short story by Shirley Jackson, is about a lottery that takes place in a small village. The story starts off with the whole town gathering in the town square, where Mr. Summers holds the lottery. Once everyone gathers, every family draws a slip of paper out of an old black box, and the family with the black mark on their paper gets picked. After that, each family member older than 3 years of age re-draws a slip of paper again and this time, the person with the black mark on their paper gets picked as the “lucky winner” of the lottery. In this short story, after the Hutchinson family gets drawn, Tessie Hutchinson is declared “winner” of the lottery, with her reward is being stoned to death.
Many people would die to win the lottery; in the short story “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson you would do anything NOT to win this lottery. This annual lottery reveals the negative aspects of this town’s Tradition, Savagery, Barbarism, and cold-heartedness. In this paper I will show why this town blindly follows these customs, not because it’s a tradition but because of the accepting wickedness that can be shown. Why does the town follow this foolish tradition? Throughout “The Lottery” the narrator tells that the people do not remember how the lottery began, and that some of the older people believe the lottery has changed over the years, that now people just want to get it over with as fast as possible.
Full of plot twists, and turns, “The Lottery” relies on its characters to convey a sense of normalcy throughout a majority of the story. The villagers’ acceptance of rituals allows them to act normal while knowingly partaking in a deadly tradition. Jackson’s brilliant use of deceptiveness leaves readers blind sighted as one could never predict this story’s outcome. Jackson’s work is renowned because of its unpredictable shift in tone. June 27, may appear to be a pleasant summer day, but this prediction could not be further from the truth.
Coldly seizing the paper to reveal that she possessed the marked ticket indicates a lack of empathy, not of a friend and a spouse, but as a participant removed from any loyalty to family, instead loyal to the lottery tradition. By holding the slip of paper Mrs. Hutchinson had drawn, Mr. Hutchinson seals his wife’s fate knowing full well what will come next. Mr. Hutchinson had made the choice to essentially betray his
Mr. Summers, the ringleader of the lottery, asks if there’s any members of the family that are over 18. Tessie begins to throw her own daughter under the bus, but she is quickly denied because her daughter is married. The Hutchinson family comes up, one by one, and draws their slips of paper.
The short story “The Lottery” is written by Shirley Jackson. This story takes place in a small village where everybody knows each other. In this story all the villagers gather around town for their annual lottery. Everyone in the village is compelled to follow this tradition even if the outcome ends up with someone dying. In “The Lottery”, Shirley Jackson uses conflict, theme, and irony to develop this suspenseful short story.