In the story that the Jackson version tells us of a small town that has a lottery every year. The person chosen by this lottery is stoned to death by the inhabitants of the city. The person is described as the scapegoat, which we can relate to the purification ritual described in the Old Testament, is a person who is punished for the sins of others, which plays a thematic role in the development of history. Currently in our society, the lottery is only used as a means of luck to win awarded as a prize in the form of money, so many people who play it have a clear and obsessive goal to win.
What is violence? Does violence still exist? How do we get rid of this? According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, violence is the use of physical force to harm someone, to damage property, etc. it is an exertion of physical force so as to injure or abuse.
“The Lottery”, by Shirley Jackson is atypical of any other story from its time. Jackson utilizes a shift in tone that is emphasized through the event’s location, attendees, and rituals found within her work to take readers on a wild ride. What begins as an average day on June 27, unfolds into a situation that never could have been expected. Jackson’s use of tone in “The Lottery” functions as a way to distract readers from the overall mood of the gathering. The pleasant and easy-going tone, presented throughout the beginning of Jacksons’s work aims to deter readers from questioning the villager’s initial motives.
At a time when basic religious beliefs and traditions were being questioned by academia, author Shirley Jackson penned a poignant attack against those who blindly accepted values and traditions in her short story, “The Lottery.” The Lottery is presented as an event that has always occurred throughout the region's history without any opposition. Nonchalantly, the entire village commits homicide at the finale. Finally, aspects of the traditional lottery evolved without notice or were forgotten by the villagers. Within “The Lottery,” author Shirley Jackson embeds the theme of blindly accepting traditions as illustrated by the actions of the villagers.
Literary Analysis of “The Lottery” Laws are set in order for society to function; however, when the boundaries of law are pushed to extreme lengths they can cause more harm than good. Shirley Jackson’s short story “The Lottery” illustrates rules putting society at risk. This can be shown through formally analyzing the narrative elements within the text. By examining key aspects of the plot along with multiple characters Jackson implements the message of rules and tradition being corrupt.
Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” is a presumably cheerful story but leads to a grotesque, unpredictable, and twisted ending. The main focus, with in “The Lottery”, is primarily about the sadistic ritual in which the townspeople of an agricultural town murder one of their fellow citizens in a raffle styled lottery. One may ask why this type of system is held in order to decide what person will be executed and then ask whether or not it is fair to the unfortunate winner of the lottery. Mrs. Hutchinson even called out the lottery system, after her family was chosen for the next pick, yelling “It wasn’t fair!” (Jackson 45).
When the word lottery comes to mind, people would expect a colossal amount of excitement buzzing around the area. In Shirley Jackson’s story “The Lottery,” it contradicts the traditional views of a lottery. This particular raffle is an annual event that is set in a small town where everyone knows everyone. Instead of this tradition being amusing and enjoyable to the citizens, they feel that it is just another day. This is from the same routine every year and it begins to feel monotonous.
Gerard Lyons February 9, 2017 Ms.Snyder English II The Lottery Analysis “The Lottery” is a short story like none other. The precise details the author describes in the beginning of “The Lottery” set us up for the shocking conclusion. In the first paragraph, Jackson provides details about the day on which the lottery takes place. The author references the exact date as June 27th and it was in the morning time. She then goes on to describe the environment of the story.
Many people go through their lives celebrating traditions year after year because it is what they were trained to do by others; during Christmas they kiss underneath mistletoe, during Thanksgiving they carve turkey’s, and come Halloween they adorn costumes as they beg for candy throughout their neighborhoods. While these traditional rituals, on the surface, appear to be harmless enjoyment, there are secrets hidden behind each of them, buried through years of alterations, omissions, and additions which can prove harmful to one’s soul and are therefore worthy of investigation. Similarly, Shirley Jackson brilliantly writes a terrifying short story, offering an awakening to her audience as she takes them into a ghastly village, hidden behind a euphoric façade, where ignorance is not always bliss. Written and appearing in the New Yorker in 1948, the story represents the average person who is programed to stroll through traditions, blindly adhering to rituals, of which carry no real meaning, beyond habit, to the characters. Brilliantly authored, as Jackson meticulously chooses to use informal concrete diction as she creates a setting which represents an everyday Early American town, engaging her readers into the characters ordinarily free mannered conversations through the unshifting and impartial tone of an objective third-person point-of-view narrator, and by using syntax to perfectly progress the story which creates shifts in mood ranging from serenity to disbelief, the eerie tale draws readers in with an exceptional sense of suspense.
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.