On a clear and sunny June day the members of a village gathered in the town square to participate in the lottery. However, unlike the lottery that partakes in our society, this one involves narrowing down the villagers until one remains who gets stoned to death by the other villagers. The one object that can be used to represent this cruel tradition is The Black Box, from which the villagers draw from to determine the victim. This mysterious black box represents how traditions have a hold on us. The Black Box symbolizes how traditions like the lottery attach themselves to us through the box’s appearance, history, and overall mysteriousness.
“The Lottery” Interpretive Essay “The Lottery”, a short story by Shirley Jackson, is about a lottery that takes place in a small village. The story starts of with the whole town gathering in the town square, where Mr. Summers, the official, holds the lottery. After that, every family draws out of an old black box, and a certain family gets picked. Out of the certain family, one person gets picked as the unlucky “winner” of the lottery. In this short story, after the Hutchinson family gets drawn, Tessie Hutchinson is declared “winner” of the lottery.
Everyone has those family traditions that they follow blindly, but in most cases everyone’s family tradition does not result in a dead family member or friend. In the story ‘The Lottery” a small village town has an annual lottery that they host every year that results in one dead member of their village. They choose their winner by gathering all the towns people’s names into a black box and drawing first a family from the town and then a member from within that family. In the film known as The Hunger Games, the people of Panem also follow the annual tradition of a lottery where the winners die. Although both stories share similar properties such as symbolism, they differ when it comes to the society and protagonists of each one.
The short story,¨The Lottery,¨ by shirley Jackson shows the theme of duality of human nature. One character who showed duality was Tessie because when the lottery first started she was going along with everything but when her family got called she changed her whole dynamic. She is now saying that the lottery is not fair since her husband was the one who pulled the paper with the dot on it, but if it was someone else she wouldn't be saying that. She was only speaking up about it not being fair because her life depended on it. Although she was a good example of duality, all of the woman showed duality of human nature.
Symbolism is defined as the identification of a noun such as a person, place or thing, but according to the story the symbols include the lottery itself, contraptions used in the lottery and even the people of the town. “The original paraphernalia for the lottery had been lost long ago.”(pg. 1 “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson) This text from the context emphasizes how the lottery has been a traditional behavior for these villagers that have been passed on with origins from the past. The lottery itself symbolizes the way their culture has been set up to be, death, an execution between people who once “lived under the same roof’’ and considering the lottery as some sort of normal
The short story by Shirley Jackson is very difficult to understand. One day villagers come together in the square town to participate in the lottery to win something. The kids comes first and starts to gathering up stones until their parents come call them to come back. And then the actual lottery starts where somebody is going to win. When picking the lottery the villagers have the ritual where household goes first and then the family members.
Mr. Summers, owner of the coal mine, officiates the lottery as he does most civic events. Mr. Summers and Mr. Graves prepare for the lottery by making white slips of paper the evening before then placing the slips in an old, black box. The box is brought to the square and placed on a stool while Mr. Summers ensures everything is in order to begin the lottery. Mrs. Hutchinson arrives last and states the date slipped her mind. The lottery starts, and the male head of the house draws the slip while the women only draw if a male is unavailable.
The main characters young son, little Davy, who is about three years old was a very active participant in the lottery this year. Little Davy had the honor of picking a slip of paper from the black box, and then when he found out that his mother was the single winner of the lottery “someone even gave little Davy Hutchinson a few pebbles,” (96) to throw at his mother. Because most children don’t comprehend and remember events before they are three years of age little Davy most likely didn’t even realize that he was participating in his mother's death, for that reason little Davy symbolises the innocence and naiveness that the community's children posses. The lottery custom has been going on for so many years that the children don’t even know that stoning someone to death is barbaric. By teaching little Davy to stone people corrupts his innocents.
This lottery is very unusual; the winner will become the loser. The Hutchinson family is chosen at this year’s lottery. The mother, Tessie says it is unfair and she is ultimately the chosen winner of the lottery. The winner of this lottery is stoned to death by their neighbors. Whether a tradition is immoral or not, some follow traditions for no apparent reason other just following what they were taught.
In “The Lottery,” Shirley Jackson demonstrates through the impatient citizens at the lottery that people quickly complete a required event they participate in reluctantly to avoid thinking about the mandatory activities. At the mandatory lottery, the residents of a small village come together and randomly choose someone to be stoned to death. During the lottery selection process, one villager, Mrs. Dunbar, tells her son, “I wish they’d hurry” (4). The stressful lottery seems to be moving slowly; therefore, Mrs. Dunbar wants it to move quicker. She is waiting for the result of the lottery and wants the process to move faster, so she will not have to worry if she or a family member will be murdered.