As soon as they hold the second drawing, Mrs. Hutchinson is chosen. This is the climax of irony of this story. Mrs. Hutchinson is chosen for the lottery. She is shocked and astounded, having believed that she couldn?t possibly be chosen for the lottery. She begs or mercy, but the townspeople are strict with keeping to their traditions and her pleas of mercy fall on deaf ears and she is stoned to death.
Even though he rides the rocking horse, a young boy's toy, as Paul starts gambling, gradually he loses his innocence as a child. He becomes like his mother, who uses money to buy love. Lawrence portrays Paul as a victim to imply that the lack of love is the real cause of his death, and to confirm that Hester's materialism is what leads to her family's destruction. Through the characterization, symbolism, and language of the short story, Lawrence successfully creates a materialistic image. Hester's tragic ending reveals to the readers that the desire of wealth and material possessions with little interest in spiritual matters isolates one from love, creates more dissatisfaction, and destroys one's life eventually.
Paul takes on the stress of his mother’s greed. This short story relates to the obsession of wealth which what motivates the characters aside of neglect, faulty sense of value, opportunism and deceit. Paul believes that there is more money to be made and thus goes on a frenzy to win more, but consequently dies after falling off his rocking horse due to convulsions of a fever. II. Setting ... ... middle of paper ... ...given up the lottery fools and suggests that the rain may stop coming for them.
I saw you. It wasn 't fair! "” ( Jackson) It now seems as if the lottery is a huge deal and she doesn’t want anything to do with the results of having her husband draw the card with the black dot. Tessie pushing her husband and her yelling about her husband being selected can be seen as Tessie disobeying the social order that is in the village. She does this by disrespecting her husband and then questioning the decision of Mr. Summers.
(Jackson 78). Naturally, the rest of the self-centered people urge her to "[b]e a good sport"(Jackson 78). The most disturbing event in the entire story is when Tessie tries to get her older daughters to be part of the final picking, and is dissapointed when she is told that they are only drawn with their husbands. The lottery proceeds and Tessie is stoned to death by her fellow neighbors. Shirley Jackson wants us to float along with her upbeat story and be completely appalled in the end at the total loss of human decency.
She began to complain by saying: "You didn 't give him time enough to take any paper he wanted. I saw you. It wasn 't fair!" As this happens other characters in the story who had humorlessly engaged her before the lottery, began to act indifferent towards Tessie argument by saying, “Be a good sport, Tessie” and “All of us took the same chance” This characters also make it clear that everyone is very hypocrite to the friendship they appear to have towards the character of Tessie. While the story progresses, the readers find out that Tessie was chose the piece of paper with the mark that indicated she was the one to be sacrificed.
Literature and Its Writers: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama. Eds. Ann Charters and Samuel Charters. Boston: Bedford Books, 1997. 158-9.
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).
She is the wife of Bill Hutchinson and the winner of the lottery. In the beginning, she arrived late to the lottery because she forgot what day it was. “‘Thought my old man was out back stacking wood,’ Mrs. Hutchinson went on, ‘and then I looked out the window and the kids was gone, and then I remembered it was the twenty-seventh and came a-running’” (Jackson 375). This is the foreshadowing that she would be the winner in the lottery because her appearance is different to all the other villagers. She is the only one, who came late in the lottery while all the other villagers have already gathered on the square.