Tessie Hutchinson Character Analysis

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Tessie Hutchinson in The Lottery Character: Tessie Hutchinson The Lottery is a popular short story written by Shirley Jackson. It is a story about an annual event called the Lottery taking place in a village every year to please the gods. Jackson’s story revolves around a village with different characters and different personalities for instance Tessie Hutchinson. As the main character and the winner of the lottery, Tessie Hutchinson becomes the sacrificial lamb for the day. The character archetype present in the lottery is the scapegoat whereby Tessie is the scapegoat of the townspeople. Tessie stands out from the rest from the beginning when she arrives late for the lottery. Jackson writes that she admits having to turn up late because she forgot what day it was (8). Even though she was in denial from the beginning, she had to accept the outcome and face death even though it brought a lot of grief to her. Tessie Hutchinson is a character with qualities that stand out more from the others in the story. Of all the characters in the story, she arrived late for the village ceremony and this makes her different from the rest of the characters. She came alone in the ceremony, yet the rest arrived with their families. In addition, she is the only character who protests against the Lottery. She says, “You didn 't give him time enough to take any paper he wanted. I saw you, it wasn’t fair!” (Jackson 46). This quote explains her feelings towards this outrageous tradition now that

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