One can immediately sense that this is not the same lottery as the lottery played in the 21st century because people do not complain if they won the lottery. In the following round, each member of the Hutchinson’s family come up and draw another piece of paper. Unfortunately, Tessie received the one with a black dot on it. The villagers each grab a stone, including her own family and stone her to death (Shmoop Editorial Team). The most evident theme in “The Lottery” is the danger of blindly following tradition.
Winning at a price “Although ominous symbolic details prepare for the tragic outcome the reader's attention is skilfully distracted”(Schaub). The word Lottery makes a person think of winning and good fortune in this ironic short story an unexpected change of events occurs. Shirley Jackson was born in December 14, 1916 and died August 8, 1965. Growing up she wrote poems and short stories she fluctuated in colleges but ended up earning her degree and meeting her future husband, Stanley Edgar Hyman, at Syracuse University. She suffered weight gain throughout her life and also was a heavy smoker causing her early death at the age of 48.
The Lottery is a short fiction written by Shirley Jackson. It is a story about a shocking tradition practiced by the people in certain town. Shirley ironically gives the lottery a bad meaning in her use of the word in this short story. In the story, the lottery is used for public stoning, contrary to what it originally means; winning a lot of money. The story focuses around a village during a ceremony they call the lottery which ensures there is enough rain for their crops.
The Harper Anthology of Fiction. Ed. Sylvan Barnet. New York: Harper Collins, 1991. 856-862.
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.
It is funny how life works out sometimes. You never know what you are going to get. ‘The Lottery’ is a story about a small village that holds a lottery drawing in the middle of the town square. The “winner” of the lottery is then stoned by the town’s people. This piece of literature provides a clear example that things in life are not always what they seem.
The Use of Symbolism in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson Within the first few lines of Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" we are faced with such adjectives as clear, sunny, fresh and warmth. She goes on to paint a picture of small children just out of school for the summer, as the townspeople gather for the annual Lottery. This leads us to believe that the rest of the story is as cheery as the summer day initially described. We as the readers are virtually unaware of the horrible senseless events that lie ahead. Through the use of symbolism Shirley Jackson reveals the underlying decay of ethics that results from an empty ritual followed by narrow-minded people.
The story leads to a horrific ending by people forgetting the concept of ritual. When people think of a lottery, they draw an image with a big amount of money in head. However in the story “The Lottery”, the price is death. It starts in the morning of a bright, peaceful day, people are gathering in the square, children picking stones and piles them; also the black box uses for drawing, “the original paraphernalia for the lottery had been put into use even before Old Man Warner, the oldest man in town, was born.” (Jackson 205). Author put us to believe that the villagers are devotional, and take this event...