The fact that the people gather and discuss everyday issue prior to the start of the lottery all point to the blind tradition of selecting some to be stoned to death. The author also points out in her story that no one knew when or why the tradition of the lottery began. Even not knowing Tessie Hutchinson, at first had no issues with the annual event. It was only when she “won” the lottery that she developed the point of view that was bias or judgmental. Mrs. Hutchinson protests the process of the lottery and the town’s methods, “It isn’t fair, it isn’t right” Mrs. Hutchinson screamed, and then they were upon her.” (Kennedy & Gioia, 2013, pp.
Although this is not your ordinary lottery, where you earn a prize, you’re more likely are the prize for everyone else. If you are the winner in this lottery you are targeted and people will be upon you. This novel takes place in a village on June 27th. It’s a normal village where the kids play and the parents watch over them as they talk to other adults. Every year the village conducts a lottery, where someone
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.
Jackson shows how the reluctance of the village people to question tradition has a disastrous conclusion when the reader is shocked to learn that the winner of the lottery will be stoned to death. Her short story begins on June 27th as the villagers gather in the town square to take part in the annual tradition of the lottery. Each member draws a slip of paper and the one marked with a black dot represents the winner. The outcome and unexpected tragedy is that this winner is immediately stoned to death. The men and women of the town seem to follow, without question, this ritual that has been performed annually for much longer than the oldest villager has lived.
All I am saying is that Shirley Jackson, when she wrote The Lottery, in 1948, was trying to show everyone about the different superstitions, or beliefs, each culture, town, or village had and how bad they were. Even the kids in the village got ready for the lottery, it didn’t faze them, and all they knew was that it was just an event that happened every year. After all, villages, tribes, or cultures have many different traditions they all tend to put their full trust in. The lottery is a drawing that takes place on June 27th of every year, right before the crop season. Everyone who lives in the village, even the children, draws a piece of paper from the black box and doesn’t look at it until everyone draws theirs.
Most traditions have a reason and this one is no different. The reason the villagers do this every year is they believe it helps the corn crop grow quicker and better. Jackson shows this when she introduces the saying, ”Lottery in June, corn will be heavy soon”(294). Many old saying that go with traditions rhyme so the meaning of the tradition is not for gotten. Not knowing when the tradition even started and having a good reason makes it hard to get rid of.
In this small town, in which the story takes place, women are treated as if they are less than the men. Tessie Hutchinson was even told to “‘Shut up, Tessie”’(Jackson 5) by her own husband while revealing her thoughts that the process was unfair. To readers, it is clear that this ceremony is completely random and that Tessie’s husband, Mr. Hutchinson, had an equal chance of pulling the cursed paper along with everyone else. It could have been any family, but Jackson chooses to emphasize the family that has an outspoken and strong-willed woman. Not only does Tessie advocate that Mr. Summers
One cannot easily forget the day when someone is going to be slaughtered, and tortured via lottery. It was her destiny because she arrived late, and she was failed to comply with the norms of woman. Her doom was already sealed as well, because no one else did things to cause commotion, or stand out to show that they justifiably needed to be the scapegoat. She was the rotten egg in the pack.
It takes place on June 27 of every year. All the people of the village gather in the town's square- husbands, wives, and children. Each head of household pulls a small piece of paper out of a black box. All but one piece of paper will be blank. The piece with the black-penciled spot is the piece that will send someone in that family to death.
In Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery,” the theme of the story is dramatically illustrated by Jackson’s unique tone. Once a year the villagers gather together in the central square for the lottery. The villagers await the arrival of Mr. Summers and the black box. Within the black box are folded slips of paper, one piece having a black dot on it. All the villagers then draw a piece of paper out of the box.