Symbolism In The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

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The lottery is a story about a small village that holds an annual lottery. Each year, the villagers gather in the town square and draw names from a box to determine who will be chosen as the "winner" of the lottery. The winner is then stoned to death by the other villagers. This ritual has been going on for generations, The lottery has been a part of the town's culture for so long that there’s even an old saying: "Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon." This phrase serves as a reminder of the importance of the lottery to the people in the town and their belief that it’ll bring them good fortune. Nobody questions it until one year when Tessie Hutchinson speaks out against it once she’s the one that’s chosen. The lottery serves as a symbol of …show more content…

even though it’s close to its last limb they refuse to replace it. They’re trying to hold on to it thinking that it holds pieces of the older box. The box has been passed down for generations, It's part of the original tradition. it’s filled with slips of paper that each family puts in, and when it comes time to draw for the lottery, they open the box and draw out a slip. Each piece of paper is blank except for one, which contains a black dot. The person who draws the blank paper with the black dot is declared the "winner". The slips of paper are known to be the lottery ticket, the original tickets were usually wooden instead of paper. There’s been so many twists and turns to the tradition. The black box is a reminder of the tradition and the values of the lottery that have been passed down from generation to generation. It is a reminder that no one can predict what will happen in life, and that they must be prepared for …show more content…

Every member of each family has to attend the lottery. The lottery shows how people can be so ready to kill someone, not caring about if that individual has done anything wrong or not. It points out the randomness of killing someone and how it can come out of nowhere, for example how Tessie was chosen and not even her family tried stopping it. The lottery showed how cruel humans can be and the whole town followed it, revealing something about their human

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