In The Lottery, an annual sacrifice ceremony is held in a small town in which a selected person will get stoned and killed. In this selection, there are many appearances of symbolism. Some include the lottery “game” itself, the black box, and the characters. These symbols are used to enhance the theme of the story and create an ironic and suspenseful ending. A symbol is “a specific word, idea, or object that may stand for ideas, values, persons, or ways of life” (Roberts1945).
As he told everyone to circle around a black box from which everyone is gonna draw from, everyone was getting more nervous by the minute. He makes sure that one from every family is present, almost like a representative from every family. As Mr Summers is making sure everyone is present at the meeting, Old Man Warner–oldest man alive from the village– talks to Tessie Hutchinson about a village where they want to terminate the lottery process for good. Old Man Warren gets furious and blames the young people for wanting to banish the lottery. “ “ Pack of crazy fools “ he said “ listening to the young folks, nothing’s good enough for them.
“The Lottery”, written by author Shirley Jackson, is short story about a small village that holds a lottery every year. All the people who lived in the village, men, women and children, would come together in the town square at a specific time on a specified day in June each year. Each head of the families would draw a ticket. The family with the marked ticket would draw tickets to see who the final winner would be. The person to draw the winning marked ticket was stoned to death in the square by the entire town.
Danny Torres Jr. Professor Walters ENG 102 April 20, 2014 “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, is a short story about an annual lottery that is drawn in a small town. Every year a lottery is held, in which one person is arbitrarily selected to be stoned to death by the people in the village. The lottery has been adopted for over many years by its inhabitants. Jackson uses setting, objects, and names to disguise the actual meaning and objective of the lottery through the tradition of symbolism.
All the families from the town participate; whoever receives the black dot in their paper, one of the family members will be stoned to death. In “The Lottery” the themes are represented within the characters and events in the village. Jackson shows that tradition, one of the biggest themes in this short story, is broken. If a tradition is kept on through the years, the meaning should not be forgotten, but in this town they have
He has to mix the papers up with the one with the black dot on it in the box. The head of the household picks the paper from the box to seen if their family drew the dot or not. This event takes just a few hours to accomplish. The losing family then has to draw to decide who will lose in the household. The person who draws the dot will then get stoned to death.
Jackson obviously saw examples of this misuse of tradition and ingeniously placed it into an exaggerated situation to let us see how barbaric our actions are. The townspeople, in the story, all come together for the annual lottery; however, in an interesting twist, those participating stone the winner to death. Everyone in the story seems horribly uncivilized yet they can easily be compared to today's society. Perhaps Jackson was suggesting the coldness and lack of compassion the human race can exhibit in situations regarding tradition and values. The People who were stoned to death represented values and good being as the townspeople, who represented society, cold-heartedly destroyed them ( Jackson 79 ).
The head male of each family must draw till someone has the black dot that decides which family will draw next. The “winner” in that family is then stoned to death by everyone in the village, including their own family. The story has multiple hidden messages that are hard to distinguish from the text. Each message shows a side of human nature that most people believe they do not have. By using literary analysis, Shirley Jackson’s messages become
Once a year, the town randomly chooses a person to sacrifice in a process known as the lottery. The ‘winner’ of the lottery could be anyone: all the citizens of the town have an equal chance of being picked. The friends and family of the winner immediately turn against them and instinctively lose any feelings of respect for the person and begin to stone them to death. Tradition is tradition and the lottery is all that anyone has ever known. The town doesn’t even realize what they’re doing is wrong and cruel – they just follow orders because they’ve always had a lottery and they can’t imagine life without one.
They pick up the stones that they have been collecting throughout the day and they attack Mrs. Hutchinson until she has been stoned to death. Although many elements of ficti... ... middle of paper ... ...ancient murder weapon, and it can be thought or inferred that the tradition of the village came from ancient times. Along with being a way to murder, being stoned to death is a symbol for community punishment of an outsider, or someone who is different. Therefore, whoever chooses the slip of paper with the black dot immediately becomes the outsider and must be punished. “The Lottery” has many elements involved in it, and all of them shape the story into what it truly is.