The Theme Of Death In Shirley Jackson's The Lottery

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Usually winning the lottery means fun prizes and money. Not every lottery is the same though. The prize for winning is death in “The Lottery”by Shirley Jackson. On June 27th Everyone in the village gathers to enter the lottery, dreading for their name to be drawn. Mrs. Hutchinson is the victim of the lottery and is stoned to death for drawing the paper with the black dot. The purpose of the lottery for the village is a human sacrifice to the gods, hoping for a good harvest in return. “Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon” (p.22, L.260) This quote spoken my old man Warner explains that after the lottery their harvest will be better because of the sacrifice to the gods. “Corn be heavy soon” probably means the gods will reward them with corn

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