Controversy has surrounded the short story “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson since the first publication in 1948. The story begins on the beautiful morning of June 27th as the entire 300 residents of the village gather in the square for the yearly lottery. The children arrive first and some of the younger boys start gathering stones. After the adults arrive, the crowd gathers into family units. Mr. Summers, owner of the coal mine, officiates the lottery as he does most civic events.
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.
Little League World Series The Little League World Series is a baseball tournament for kids of the age of eleven to thirteen. This tournament has been going on since 1947 in South Williamsport. The tournament has been broadcasted since 1982. There are two halves of the tournament, one half is in the United States and the other half is in the other countries all over the world. It ends having two champions on each side of the tournament and they face each other in the final championship.
Charles Darwin once claimed that, “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.” This is easy to say, but to actually be adaptable to change is very difficult. If you fear change you will be unable to develop and thrive, yet most people still fear change. In Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery,” not being able to adapt to change is demonstrated. The morning of June 27th in a miniscule town, everyone gathers to continue their yearly tradition of the lottery.
“The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, is about a tradition that happens every year on June 27th. On this warm day of June, the people of the village gather in a square to participate in the tradition lead by Mr. Summers. In the tradition (lottery), Mr. Summers first calls every head of a family (men) forward to pick a piece of paper from a black faded box. Each man has to wait until all the other men of the village have chosen and then they all open the piece of paper at the same time. The winner is the one that has a black dot on their paper.
One significant object was this black wooden box. The wooden box meant death pertaining to the color of the box because mostly likely the shade of black signifies tragedy. The wooden box had aged tremendously and none of the villagers were brave enough to recommend a new box “No one liked to upset even as much tradition as was represented by the black box” (255). The wooden box really brought importance upon the time frame the villagers have been doing the lottery. There was also a three legged stool that brought some sense into the story.
Other villages have already stop the lottery. But not this one. Things that we can take away for the story is tradition. The people continue the lottery because it’s a ritual and maybe it leads to growing of better crops. Obviously Tessie Hutchinson is more likely to stone other people is somebody else would’ve gotten the black dot paper but now she argues that the lottery is unfair because she got the paper with the black dots.
This element is used to give the reader an idea of where the events of the story are taking place. “Before 10 am on June 27, the three hundred inhabitants of a small village in New England start gathering at town square.” (Dubois). Pg 2. This is a perfect quote to describe where the story is taking place and what is precedes the events of the lottery. As seen all the inhabitants of the village gather in town square to participate in this taboo ritual known as the lottery.
So every year we celebrate a day called Flag Day. The flag day lands on the 4th of July. There is a lot of things that had happened in the past on flag day. On the 14th of June George Balach planned an appropriate ceremonie for everyone to join him. On the flag day in chicago there was over 300,00 kids and adults that participated in the celebration.
Their feelings are based on the sacrifices. In “The Lottery”, the town considers the sacrifice as a tradition that must occur. They have in every year and everyone is okay with the process until they’re the ones who are getting sacrificed. Old man Warner says he has been a part of the sacrifice for 77 years; it’s just a way of life to him and by this point, he doesn’t think anything of the lottery (Jackson 5). On the other hand, some towns members are skittish and gather in small groups to talk about the lottery as well as other community things.