The people of the village commenced making their way to the ceremony called, “The Lottery,” an annual toxic ritual where the “winner” faces an untimely death. The Lottery commences by having the entirety of families gather together in the town square. The male of the family is called up to receive a slip of paper.. If the slip was blank, then, the family would be safe. However, if a family had a black dot, then that family would draw again to see who would have to be put to death. Mr. Summers, the man who devotes his time to create civic activities such as The Lottery, has the honor to call out each family member. As the drawing continues, Mrs. Hutchinson was named the dreaded winner. She protests that the lottery is not fair, but the townspeople
Within the short story of “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, the villagers of the small town continually conduct the annual lottery, culminating in a violent murder each year. As the residents are indifferent to the unquestioned tradition of the drawing, they also fail to realize their blind acceptance of the ritual, regardless of the atrocity it holds. Complex interactions between the characters in dialogue emphasize their inability to entirely accept the grim results of the lottery. The intricate synergy of the community conveys the agreement among a social contract, providing benefits and enabling sacrifices upon the innocent. As the end of the lottery nears, “Tessie Hutchinson was in the center of a cleared space by now, and she held her hands out desperately as the villagers moved in
"The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson is a story of an unusual town caught in whirlwind of tradition, even when it is not in the best interest of the residents and society. Shirley Jackson uses symbols throughout the story that helps the reader clearly understand her purpose. By doing so, she creates significant connections to the theme using old man Warner and the people in this ghost town of tradition.
Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery,” focusses mostly on the customs associated with a small town. At the beginning the town gathers together to have their annual lottery. This is arranged by “families and households, women being assigned to the households of their husbands” (Oehlschlaeger). The lottery is conducted by Mr. Summers every year, he “[reads] the names- head of families first – and the men come up and take a paper out of the box” (Jackson). The man who drew the black dot would then have to have each person in his family draw again. Whoever drew the black dot this time would be stoned to death by the entire village. At first, this story seems like a fairy tale; it appears the winner of the lottery will receive some sort of jack pot. However, the person who is perceived as the winner is actually the loser. The theme of Jackson’s story is that social traditions that are practiced and accepted in this small town can have destructive consequences. This theme is developed by the symbolic objects and evolving of the characters throughout the story.
New Year’s, Christmas, Halloween, July 4th and thanksgiving are all examples of modern day traditions. But none of which are anywhere near as violent as the one seen in “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson. In “The Lottery” the folks of a small anonymous town practice a tradition because they believe it helps their crops grow better, as hinted at in the story by Old Man Warner. The tradition is a lottery in which one unlucky person can pull out a slip of paper with a black dot on it. This person is then encircled by the other townsfolk and stoned to death. The lottery brings up an interesting question about a societies willingness to accept tradition, no matter what boundaries it crosses. One can only ask how the story applies to real life and how far our society will go before questions are asked.
Imagine living in a wonderful small town. Everyone knows each other. Although sometimes there are disagreements and gossiping, most of the time everyone gets along. Naturally, everyone in the town truly comes to love each other as if they were all one big family. Every year, though, all of the townspeople are forced to kill one member in the town. How terrible and shocking! That is basically what happens in the short story entitled “The Lottery.” There is a lottery to stone one person every year, and this year the victim is Tessie Hutchinson. In “The Lottery,” the author, Shirley Jackson, is implying that humans are capable of terrible cruelty and of destroying themselves at any time and place if they feel it is okay or the right thing to do.
In Shirley Jackson’s short story, The Lottery, there is a copious amount of symbolism. The story begins in a small farming-based town where its inhabitants conduct a “lottery” every year. When the winner of the lottery is chosen that person is stoned to death by the villagers. While on the surface The Lottery might seem like a simple tale with a plot twist, Jackson selectively includes points of interest to convey a deeper meaning. After close inspection of the actions of Jackson’s characters, the reader can gain an understanding of The Lottery’s true message.
Author Shirley Jackson is known to be one of the most brilliant person, who wrote a popular iconic short story called “The Lottery.” In“The Lottery” the universal theme is senseless violence. The setting are after world war II. Shirley Jackson made this story satire. Shirley Jackson gave us 3 claims. One of the claims are that the village went from a simple and happy village then it turned into a disturbing dark village that do rituals by killing people with rocks. Another claim is when Shirley Jackson used tone in her character’s dialogue to shift the mood from normal to disturbing. The last claim is, Shirley described,” a very simple, relaxed, peaceful community that readers eventually found to be a barbaric and chilling setting.”
“The Lottery,” by Shirley Jackson was published in 1948, it tells a story of a farming community that holds a ritualistic lottery among its citizens annually. Every single year the lottery draw takes place, in which the winner of the lottery is stoned to death by every individual in the small town. However, this is a tradition for the townspeople and has been for more than seventy years. By using symbolism, the author uses names, objects, and the setting to suppress the true meaning and purpose of the lottery. The author also uses the black box, Mrs. Hutchinson, and Oldman Warner as symbols to prove that people will recklessly follow pointless beliefs. Jackson also implies that family loyalty has no meaning or value only self-preservation and that human nature is cruel and violent.
“The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson is a short story involving senseless killings of innocent villagers. Each year an innocent soul is randomly picked to be a victim of the lottery. At the end, the one holding the paper marked with a black dot is stoned to death. The lottery shows how cruel the world can be when people are subjected to a certain culture. The villagers are exhilarated by performing these inhumane acts and are quick to abandon their loved ones by simply following a tradition.