The town’s inexplicable behavior derives from following an ancient, ludicrous tradition. With the omission of one man, no one in the community comprehends the tradition. In the case of “The Lottery,” the town slays an irreproachable victim each year because of a ritual. Shirley Jackson exposes the dangers of aimlessly following a tradition in “The Lottery.” Jackson not only questions the problem, but through thorough evaluation she an deciphers the problem as well. Toward the finale of the short story, Shirley Jackson, the author of “The Lottery” declares, “Although the villagers had forgotten the ritual and lost the black box, they still remembered to use stones” (873).
The lottery, as portrayed in the short story, is a religious, annual ceremony in the afternoon of June 27. This event is said to be older than Old Man Warner and has lost most of its meaning. Every year, a “lucky” winner is blindly chosen with the use of a magical, black box to be stoned to death with the hopes it will produce rain for their crops. Therefore, Shirley Jackson develops her theme that people blindly follow traditions even if imorally wrong in her short story, “The Lottery”, through the use of irony, symbolism, and allusion. Shirley Jackson develops her theme that people blindly follow traditions even if morally wrong in her short story, “The Lottery”, through the use of irony.
The narrator uses Black box as a main symbol to articulate the danger of blindly following the tradition of conducting a lottery which ends up with death of one person from the village every year. The colour of black box symbolizes the death. In addition to that the shabbier colour of box shows some of the stuff of lottery has been lost. The author keeps the reader puzzled and curious about the direction of the story. She uses literary devices, such as foreshadowing and symbols, to introduce the possible story line.
The most evident theme in “The Lottery” is the danger of blindly following tradition. Old Man Warner, the oldest man in the village, said, “‘Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon… There’s always been a lottery’”. Mrs. Adams tells him “‘Some places have already quit the lotteries”’. “‘Nothing but trouble in that,”’ Old Man Warn... ... middle of paper ... ...es, leading one to think women are meant to be housewives. It appears men outshine women in more ways than one (The Lottery).
“The Lottery” written by Shirley Jackson is about a town coming together to hold a lottery. The twist being the winner of the lottery gets stoned to death by the town members. No one really know why their town and the ones surrounding it keep the practice going. But no one stops the ceremony they just know it is an event that happens every year for the past seventy seven years. Through the characters and the ritual of the lottery Jackson demonstrates how people blindly follow their traditions without knowing their history.
Would you believe that there was once a village where everyone would partake in a terrible event, but think it was innocent because of how they blindly followed a tradition? The short story, “The Lottery,” by Shirley Jackson communicates this theme by showing how the villagers participate in a lottery every year. In life, there are people who follow tradition because the have to, or they are used to following without question. The author, Shirley Jackson was born on December 14, 1916 in San Francisco, California. In 1937, Shirley Jackson attended Syracuse University where she began to write short stories.
The author suggests that the real reason is society’s need for a victim. When talking about communities that have given up the tradition of choosing one person to stone to death, "Old Man Warner snorted, 'Pack of crazy fools' he said. 'Listening to the young folks, nothing's good enough for them. Next thing you know, they'll be wanting to go back to living in caves, nobody work any more, live that way for a while. Used to be a saying about "Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon."'"
“The Lottery” written by Shirley Jackson in 1948 is a provoking piece of literature about a town that continues a tradition of stoning, yet they do not know why the ritual started in the first place. As Jackson sets the scene, the villagers seem ordinary; but seeing that winning the lottery is fatal, the villagers are then viewed murders. Disagreeing with the results of the lottery, Tessie Hutchinson is exposed to an external conflict between herself and the town. Annually on June 27th, the villagers gather to participate in the lottery. Every head of household, archetypally male, draws for the fate of their family, but Tessie protests as she receives her prize of a stoning after winning the lottery.
Shirley Jackson’s famous short story, “The Lottery,” was published in 1948 and remains to this day one of the most enduring and affecting American works in the literary canon. “The Lottery” tells the story of a farming community that holds a ritualistic lottery among its citizens each year. Although the text initially presents audiences with a close-knit community participating in a social event together on a special day, the shocking twist at the work’s end—with the death of the lottery’s “winner” by public stoning—has led to its widespread popularity, public outcry and discussion, and continued examination in modern times (Jackson). One potential critical theory that can be applied to Jackson’s “The Lottery” is the reader-response approach. This analytical lens is a “theory ... that bases the critical perspective of a text on ‘the reader’ and his or her personal interpretation” of that text (Parker 314).
For example in the very beginning of the story the author briefly states that the entire community had “forgotten the origins of the lottery” except, Old Man Warner. With that said, how long before the society begin to question the ritual. Another example Jackson gives that the villagers may change is when Mr. Adams tells Old Man Warner that “ over in the north village they’re talking of giving up the lottery”. However Old Man Warner replies with anger and states that they are nothing, but a “pack of young fools”. What this shows is that is that some of the villagers are now considering quitting the lottery, because they have forgotten what the ritual is about, while also neighboring villages also giving up the