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).
It was almost a way of life and if it was not followed there were dire consequences. The story starts to become ironic when specified what the lottery really means to them. A lottery, in any other community, is seen as a chance to win rewards that are in your favor. Within this town, it’s a chance to murder a single person every year. The main idea Jackson make in “The Lottery” is that people can come to together to perform this terrible act and then completely forget about.
People are very sentimental about festivals “And such things are very important to our local voters. Had we stopped the Gotmaar this year, for example, the congress party definitely would be sent away in the next elections. (Stone Throwing pg 310)” Tradition could blind people by being destructive and creating victims through social pressure. Shirley Jackson's story ''The Lottery'' portrays an ordinary village with average citizens engaged in a deadly rite, the annual selection of sacrificial a victim by means of a public lottery. Miss Hutchinson who is the victim in the story, by showing the tradition's selfishness results while releasing her from social pressure.
Usually when we hear or see the word Lottery, we think of some sort of price. Yet in this story the characters understanding of lottery is completely different from ours. The Lottery refers to an annual event in which the people of the village gather on to have this lottery. The one to get chosen as the winner will be killed by everyone else. Yet the people of the village act so normal knowing that at the end of that same day someone will die.
Tradition has a major impact on today’s society, but many years ago, it was a way that people lived to believe and if people did not follow the tradition, they would receive the worst punishment. The Lottery by Shirley Jackson is about an annual lottery, which held in a small town. Every year, the lottery randomly selected a person to be stoned to death, and this practice went on for the past seventy-seven years. By using symbolism, irony, and scapegoat in the story, Jackson shows the reader a violent and corrupted side of humans. Shirley Jackson ironically uses the title to make the reader to think about a big free money that people might receive.
Realiz[ing] why those other screams sounded so familiar (Bradbury 10). 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.
[ADD TITLE] [ADD QUOTE & EXPLAIN IT]. The Lottery, written by Shirley Jackson in 1948, is a contemporary teaching that is often referred to as a horror story whereas Kurt Vonnegut Jr.’s story, Harrison Bergeron written in 1961, is seen as an eccentric satirical dystopian fiction. In The Lottery, the story takes place in a small rural town in which the person who draws the slip with a black dot on it, is to be stoned to death by the rest of the town members. On the other hand, Harrison Bergeron takes place in the year 2081 where everyone must be handicapped to maintain equality. Although Jackson’s The Lottery and Vonnegut’s Harrison Bergeron are based in two different time periods and settings, both convey similar criticisms that apply to our own lives.
Shirley Jackson is best known for her short story, “The Lottery.” It takes place in a small village of 300 people in New England, where the villagers blindly follow an old, bizarre tradition. The winner of lottery must be stoned to death as a custom of sacrifice. Although there is no reason to continue with this tradition, the villagers are afraid to dismiss it because the lottery is a huge part of their
Situational irony was revealed both stories because a situation occurred in which actions had an effect that was the complete opposite from what was intended, so that the outcome is contrary to what was expected. In A Rose For Emily many reader including myself expected Emily to kill herself because of the hardships and losses of love ones but at the end of the story she actually poisoned Homer to kill him. No person in the town knew she killed until she was dead herself, 40 years later. Despite Homer not having the desire to married Emily to take it upon her to make sure marriage will be created by death. Therefore, she murders Homer in order to form a everlasting bond.
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.