She does this by disrespecting her husband and then questioning the decision of Mr. Summers. (Capitalist Society in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson. Comparative Literature) It is finally proven that she finds the lottery a big deal when she is speechless once the rest of her family show that they don’t have the black dot on their card during the drawing for the
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.
When Bill Hutchinson opened his paper and saw that it would be his family on the line, his wife shouted to the crowd that Mr. Summers “didn’t give [Mr. Hutchinson] time enough to take any paper he wanted” (Jackson) and how it was not fair. Here, there is still a sense of family because Mrs. Hutchinson is upset that it is her family up for the final lottery. Very shortly after though, Mr. Summers asks the Hutchinson family if there are “any other households in the Hutchinsons” (Jackson), and Mrs. Hutchinson is quick to throw Don and Eva under the bus. Initially the reader sees Mrs. Hutchinson upset for her family, but then turns her back on the other members in her household
We learn throughout the story that the power and traditional aspect of the lottery has slowly diminished. In the case of Mrs. Hutchinson, '';Clean forgot what day it was. ''; The lottery had been present within the neighboring towns; however, the lottery had been ended. The people of the town believed that the box represented tradition and therefore were reluctant to make another one. This box is representative of the lottery in that they have both worn down and are in need of change.
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.
Symbol of Death “The Lottery,” written by Shirley Jackson in 1948, is a provoking piece of literature about a town that continues a tradition of stoning, despite 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 as murders by the reader. 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.
Mrs. Tessie Hutchinson wins the lottery and is stoned to death by the other villagers. The lottery is a tradition, therefore, Mrs. Hutchinson has no choice but to accept her prize. The author used several clues throughout the story that hinted toward the outcome. One clue was that the boys of the town collected and saved the smoothest and roundest stones. Another clue was the hesitation of the men to help hold the black box.
Mr. Summers, the man drawing the “winning” ticket from the box, noticed Tessie arriving late and states “Thought we were going to have to get on without you (567),” which is predictive about Tessie’s fate. Jackson produces suspense through the arrival of Tessie Hutchinson. Another explain of suspension being built in “The Lottery” was when Mr. Summers asked, “Watson boy drawing this year (568)?” Usually the head of the family, the father or husband, draws for his family. The tall boy in the crowd answered “I’m drawing for m’mother and me.” No reason was given for why Mr. Watson wouldn’t draw as all the others husbands and fathers do, which suggests that Mr. Watson may have been last year’s
As the lottery is opened by Mr. Summers, Mrs. Hutchinson hurriedly makes her way towards the lottery, she humorlessly explains her tardiness to her husband by jokingly saying, “Wouldn’t have me leave m’dishes in the sink, now would you..?” (Jackson 673). This delay of Mrs. Hutchinson leaves a presumption of low important to the lottery almost to the point of being overlooked. This ... ... middle of paper ... ...dy. Towards the ending of The Lottery, Jackson finally makes it clear to the reader that a catastrophe is occurring when Mrs. Hutchinson screams, "It isn't fair, it isn't right,” (457). It is creative the way Jackson leaves this direct clue until the very end of the story.
Summers calls family names to make sure no one is absent. Tessie Hutchinson arrives to the crowd late and flustered, claiming she had forgotten the lottery was taking place. Tessie called unwanted hate and attention from the crowd and her luck just started to be bitter. As soon as the lottery begins the Hutchinson family is selected. Mr. Summers asks Bill, Tessie 's father how many kids he has and he replies, 3 validating the number of people in the family.