In the story “The Lottery”, by Shirley Jackson, residents of a New England village gather in a square between the post office and the bank in the morning of June 27th for the annual lottery. The lottery is a ritual tradition that the villagers follow yearly consisting the same old rules that have only been changed. The year’s winner of the lottery is a lady named, Tessie Hutchinson, the prize she earns is unbelievable. Theme and symbolism are used in story to make the irony of the story more intense, by making the prize for the lottery unforeseen to the reader. The themes of this short story include the following, the danger of blindly following tradition and the randomness of persecution.
They all gather June 27th once a year to perform the lottery, as the adults get ready for the ceremony, the kids play and gather piles of stones. When Mr. Summer starts to perform the ceremony every head of household has to grab a piece of paper from a black wooden box. The family that gets the “marked” piece of paper is the chosen one; in this case, the Hutchinsons were the chosen ones. Now all the family members
They have been having the lottery since before the oldest resident that lives there. “I think that it is good for people and the people who are stopping the lottery aren’t smart,” said Old Man Warner,the oldest resident of Smallville. The type of lottery that takes place in smallville happens every year on June 27th. The whole town gathers in the town square where one person from each family picks a slip of paper,
The Lottery is a short story made by Shirley Jackson. In this short story she tells us about the most important day of the year, June 27. Each year on June 27 the town holds an annual lottery where every citizen, young and old, participate. Unfortunately, to who ever is reading, the surprise occurs at the end when Mrs. Hutchinson is the winner of the lottery and the winning she receives is being stoned to death just so the town can have good crop in the fall. When reading The Lottery for the first time, the story is quite confusing until you get to the end.
No one in the town besides his girlfriend. Matthew Harrison Brady had everyone on his side right since he stepped foot in this town. They threw him a parade and celebrated, which already gave Cates and Drummond a harder chance to win the case. The author of this book uses analogies to explain what Bertram Cates is feeling when the whole town is going against him and most of the town is going to a prayer meeting. The leader of the prayer meeting was Reverend Brown and he was hoping for Cates and everyone who loved Cates should go to hell, he even said that to his own daughter.
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.
The lottery went on for many years and will go on for many years to come; if the people do not open their eyes to the cruelness and insanity of the tradition the have been following. At times it appears that the act of rebellion is not enough to change conformity; however, at other times it is the ignorance of the conformity that makes change impossible. In The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas, the act of walking away is strong enough to receive attention, unlike Mrs. Hutchinson. However, similar to her, it is not strong enough to change the minds of those around them. Le Guin does this by presented the story through a bias narrator who does not believe in those who walk away.
Linda Pastan was a great poet while also a wife and mother. Pastan started sending her work to The New Yorker at age twelve (Potvin par. 6). Later, she went to college and got married. Pastan stated in an interview that she stopped writing for about ten years, because she could not be the perfect wife and mother that she was expected to be and also commit herself to her poetry (Brown, 3).
Virginia was able to survive five years of tuberculosis but died at the age of 24. His poem “Annabel Lee” is written for his wife after she died. “But our love it was stronger by far than the love of those who were older than we.” After Virginia lost to tuberculosis, Poe went into a deep dark state of drinking to take his sadness away. He wrote “Masque of the Red Death,” because of all the tuberculosis and how it kills people faster. Ironically tuberculosis gave Poe stories/poems to write stories over his life and how he felt during that time.
It was his 77th time participating and he is threatened by change. When he hears that the village next door does not do it, he states, “Pack of crazy fools. Listening to the young folks, nothing’s good enough for them” (Jackson 423). He accepts tradition and is superstitious. He believes that if the lottery is not done, then the villagers will have to be hunter-gatherers, “The ritual is the cement that keeps the society from slipping back into a brutish nature” (Barlow).