“The original paraphernalia for the lottery had been lost long ago, and the black box now resting on the stool had been put into use even before Old Man Warner, the oldest man in town, was born” (93). Old Man Warner had been in the lottery for 77 years, and the black box had been used for the lottery longer than that. This proves that the lottery was a long tradition, and the village is not going to stop doing that, even though they lose one person every year. The reason the lottery is still going on in this village is because of the tradition of it. “‘Some places have already quit lotteries,’ Mrs. Adams said.
There was a story that the present box had been made with pieces of the original box that had preceded it.”(Jackson 1).Jackson uses symbolism to show that the black box symbolises death.It also shows they don't want to make a new box because the box had been this way since the lottery had started many years
Conformity can make people do cruel things without reason. Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” highlights a village that continues a senseless tradition of stoning the winner of a lottery. Although all the villagers initially seemed innocuous and welcoming, as soon as the winning ticket was drawn, everybody quickly turned against the winner, Mrs. Hutchinson. Through a stark, cold tone, Jackson brings attention to the dangers of unquestionable loyalty to old traditions. Jackson starts the story with antiquated characters that contribute to the blunt tone.
She was just a kid with a different skin color. People treated her like the scum of the earth because of the color of her skin. She came back to America in her later years. She had gone to get a cup of coffee but was refused because she was black, and she would not stand for this. After the store retaliated, she described this as, “…so then they thought they could smear me, and the best way to that was to call me a Communist” (Baker 51-52).
Some people think if you win a lottery you win a prize like money or a new car but not in this story if you win the lottery you win death. Mr. Summers and Mr.Graves conduct the lottery and with them they had a black box with the papers the people of the town well pick out and one of them had the black dot and at the end of the lottery if you have that black dot you get stoned. The poem “First they came’ was a poem of a guy who survived the impossible. He use to be a Hitler supporter but he eventually opposed the Nazi because they put him in a execution camp. He was there for eight years and he narrowly escaped execution but after he was out he was plagued with regret..
The original paraphernalia for the lottery went missing a long time ago. On the other hand, the black box determines the winner. Mr. Summer writes the family name on a piece of paper and inserts it in the box. After choosing the head of the household, each member in that family picks a paper in the black box. The winner of the lottery will receive a black dot on the piece of paper.
People often times change when faced with a fearful situation such as the one in “The Lottery.” “The Lottery” provides a twist on the common connotation that a lottery equals money, changing the “prize” is what makes this story different. Shirley Jackson’s short story, “The Lottery” uses the Community as a symbol to convey an underlying message; when fear is present, people begin to change, positively and negatively. During the story, the reader observes a behavior that Jackson left in the story. Jackson writes about a character faced with a situation that makes him nervous, then the community acts a certain way during this scene. Jackson writes “‘I'm drawing for my mother and me.’ He blinked his eyes nervously and ducked his head as several voices in the crowd said things like ‘Good fellow, lack.’ and ‘Glad to see
The children may try to take the revenge of their parents death and for which they might get arrested and lead them to the negative direction. Shirley Jackson’s short story “The lottery” portray that even though the younger generation of the village don’t know much about the origin of the lottery but they continue to celebrate the tradition without even bothering to question it which result in murder of someone for their belief. One might say that the tradition should continue because it is an important aspect of their culture which they have been following for last 77 years. As old man Warner states on page 247 that, “Seventy-seventh year I been in this lottery……..Seventy-seventh time.” This shows that, in order to keep the tradition going, the villagers have sacrificed 77 people. In the story it also states on page 246 that, “Used to be saying about ‘Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon.” This portrays that the lottery is not only the tradition to the community but also a belief.
“Bobby Martin had already stuffed his pockets full of stones, and the other boys soon followed his example, selecting the smoothest and the roundest stones”(304).The ritual and traditions of the lottery in Shirley Jackson’s story seem to be just as old as the town itself, especially since most of the residents do not recall any of the old rituals, even the Old Man Warner, who is “celebrating" his 77th lottery. This helps illustrate how the people of the village just went on with the lottery without even questioning it. Like during the shock testing in Lessing experiments. The subjects blindly followed orders to obtain information even if it meant killing the person. Even in today’s society we are in social groups that define who we are and we do whatever we can to conform to
Yet he does not bring life, in fact, he takes one. This is slightly hinted because he runs a coal mine which implies a dark side to this cheerful man. Coal is black and black is known to denote death. Mr. Graves’s name alludes to death and seeing as he is the head of the post office he will have to deliver the “grave” news of who has won the lottery and has been stoned to death. He even has the job of swearing in Mr. Summers.
Who will win, what do they win? While in charge of the “lottery”, Mr. Summers doesn’t support its traditions and feels the town should end it like a few surrounding towns have recently done. To him, the black box represents death and bad traditions in the community. His community members think it 's “Bad enough to see young Joe Summers up there joking with everybody.” They fear the young people are the ones changing the traditions and ending this tradition will lead to other breakdowns in society. Mr. Summers is the one adult questioning the tradition.
“‘You didn’t give him time enough to take any paper her wanted, I saw you. It wasn’t fair!’” (Jackson 5). And ultimately when it was Tessie who had ended up with the black dot on her paper, it was deemed unfair by her. Everyone takes the same chance by participating but once any of them are picked to be stoned to death they see the wrong in the ceremony. “‘It isn’t fair, it isn’t right,” Mrs. Hutchinson screamed, then they were upon her” (Jackson
n Shirley Jackson’s, “The Lottery”, the author constructs a story full of symbolism, permitted horror, and a traditionalized ritual that serves as a front for an evil purpose, and ultimately reveals a towns ignorance in blindly following tradition. In small towns like the one in “The Lottery,” it is customary to uphold traditions. It functions as a way to bring together generations of community and family. The town is busy preparing for their tradition called the lottery. Children run around finding stones and placing them in the town square, and everyone is talking about a strange black box and how ratty it has become but will not be replaced because it is a tradition.