“The Lottery” In the short story, “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, the story depicts a theme of conformity and rebellion. This theme contributes to the literary elements of plot, character, and setting which help develop the story. A lottery is defined as a drawing of lots in which prizes are distributed to the winner’s among persons buying the chance. However, in “The Lottery” the author portrays lottery as a traditional ritualistic ceremony, which symbolizes that whomever draws the black dot on a slip of paper becomes the sacrifice. The sacrifice is to help harvest crops to feed the town throughout the year.
Literary Analysis of “The Lottery” Nobody loves tradition more than a small town and Old Man Warner in a story called “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson. This story starts out as a normal town everyone is happy chatting in their groups and gossiping. Children are playing outside, and they are also collecting rocks. Wait? Rocks, yes rocks for the annual lottery.
Which every family has the piece of paper with the black dot on it must redraw from the box and who ever then gets the dot will “win” the lottery and get stoned. In order to cause suspense in the story Shirley Jackson uses foreshadowing, irony, and symbolism. At the beginning of the story there is many spots were foreshadowing is used. One place would be when the villagers start to go to the town square to begin. “Bobby Martin had already stuffed his pockets full of stones, and the other boys soon followed his example, selecting the smoothest and roundest stones;...” Before the drawing of the lottery starts the younger boys begin to gather rocks and put them in their pockets.
The short story “The Lottery” written by Shirley Jackson was written in 1948 three years set back from the end of World War II which ended in September of 1945. Jackson known for her estranged stories of death and supernatural horrors. At the end of World War II no one really knew what could come next for the world and neither did Jackson, so The Lottery does a great job of representing the uncertainty and distress felt after the second great war. Jackson sets up a deceiving scene on a clear sunny day in June and instantly makes you rethink your warm feelings after realizing what the lottery system really is. Jackson pushes the envelope by telling a story of a village that blindly follows social normalities and conforms to a system that is in all reality completely backwards and shows how a modern society can appropriate and conform to ideas that do not seem logical,right, or justifiable.
“The lottery” (1948) Analysis The short story, “The lottery” by Shirley Jackson takes place in a small village. Was conducted the lottery story in 1948. In this story, the lottery is a yearly tradition that takes place in a small American Town. Contrary to the normal lottery, in this case one person is randomly selected to be killed by stoning, something the villagers believe to be good for the village. This tradition is accepted by everyone in the village, in fact, including women and children.
The black dot in The Lottery `means death in the short story. For example, the black dot on the paper means death in the story. Whoever was the one to draw the paper with the black dot was the one to get stoned. The person who chose the paper with the black dot on it was Tessie Hutchinson, and she said, “It isn’t fair.” She thinks that Mr. Summers didn’t give her husband enough time to choose a paper and that's why their family had to choose a paper and she was the one to get the dot. Another symbol in the story is the black box which symbolizes evil, death, and oldness.
The winner is the one that has a black dot on their paper. The lucky men of all the men in the village was Bill Hutchinson. When you think about the lottery you think of writing numbers down and winning a price. Well get ready for what is about to happen. Since Bill Hutchinson won, his family has to now select from the black box.
The so called the tradition that the town has in happens to be in a stoning to death by the draw of a piece of paper. If the paper that is drawn from the box and has the black mark he/she would be stoned to death. Everyone in this village follows the tradition of the lottery every single year even other villages although other villages take longer than usual, because of a population issue they start on June 2nd. With tradition being the main theme of the short story “The Lottery” it provides the reader with an idea of how the small town has been running for years and will continue to do so. Jackson comes across the short story with her views of tradition being negative, by having an outdated tradition to choose weather they will live or die.
Shirley Jackson's, “The Lottery,” portrays the tradition of a small town in which a member of the community must get sacrificed in order to allow for a good agricultural season. The ways in which they do so is a fair lottery where citizens draw and see if they are the “chosen one” which they end up stoning to death. All citizens must partake in the lottery, including children and the elderly. Through Jackson’s development of the story, the people seem to be in a state of excitement and thrill when being part of the lottery. The citizens are constantly gossiping, laughing, and kids playing, waiting to see who is next to be stoned.
Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" is basically trying to comprehend the readers what the symbols in the short story could mean. In "The Lottery" there are an amount of symbols that are included in the short story, such as, the black box, the stoning, the people who live in the village, and even the date of the lottery. A symbol is represented through the use of objects. Furthermost noticeable of these objects would be the black box mentioned in the short story. “The postmaster, Mr. Graves, followed him, carrying a three-legged stool, and the stool was put in the center of the square and Mr. Summers set the black box down on it."
Summers spoke frequently to the villagers about making a new box, but no one liked to upset even as much tradition as was represented by the black box.”(5) Plot Summary On the warm summer day of June 27th, the villagers in the town gather together to participate in the annual lottery. Mr. Summers, who runs the event, begins by having the head of every household pick a slip of paper from a black box. Whichever family has the slip with the black dot enters the second drawing of the lottery in which every member of the household participates. Unfortunately the member of the family who picks the slip with the black dot this time does not win money. That person, no matter how old or young, ends up being stoned to death.
This short takes place in the town square of a small village. Character’s in this story include: Tessie Hutchison the lady who is stoned, Mr. Warner the oldest villager, Mr. Summers the man who runs the lottery, Bill Hutchison who is Tessie’s husband, and Mr. Graves who serves as Mr. Summers assistant. When this story begins it seems very normal. It’s the day of June 27th the day of the lottery villagers gather in the square to participate in the lottery. We are introduced to the character Mr. Summers and we learn that he will be officiating the lottery, just like he does every other event.