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.
“Some places have already quit lotteries,” Mrs. Addams said. Nothing but trouble in that,” Old Man Warner said stoutly. “Pack of young fools.”(Jackson 139) Old Man Warner is lecturing Mrs. Adams that not having the Lotter is foolish and people are fools if they believe in breaking tradition. In this quote, Jackson is using a typical conversation and making it bizarre and inhumane. Talking about stoning an innocent person just because of a drawing out of a black box is being foolish is preposterous.
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
Irony is a primary theme that is applied in the lottery story by Shirley Jackson. The first element of irony is present in the first paragraph in the introduction; the setting is introduced as a “clear and sunny day” whereas the day ends with the death of a housewife which is a brutal stoning. The whole concept of a lottery in a layman’s language entails the winning of either cash or prizes, as a result, the reader is forced to be in a situation whereby he/she expects that at the end of the day a resident took a prize home but in the reality, they will be stoned to death by the rest of the residents. It’s very ironic that despite the consideration of the serious outcomes of the lottery, the residents do not make a big issue about it. In addition, most of the traditions the lottery such as the recitals and th... ... middle of paper ... ...hey are aware of the fact that their mother is about to be executed.
This is another example of the rigidness of the townspeople when it comes to their old traditions, as well as beginning to show that the lottery isn’t exactly a positive event, as many towns are dropping it. Next, the Hutchinson family is called, meaning that either Mr. or Mrs. Hutchinson or one of their three children will be the winner of the lottery. Mrs. Hutchinson immediately protests, adding to the mystery of the lottery. Considering that most people would be thrilled to be the winner of the lottery, this scene is another indication that the lottery is anything but good. One by one, the Hutchinsons revealed their slips of papers that they drew to determine the winner, and each person that holds a blank shows great relief.
Waverly's mother first shows her overbearing pride when she tells the brothers to throw the chessboard away because it is just a pity gift that some Americans just want to throw away. "She not want it. We not want it,' she said, tossing her head stiffly to the side with a tight proud smile" (161). The mother is just ignorant sometimes. She is ignorant because she has to show others she has dignity and pride.
Mrs. Hutchinson is presented as a blind follower of old tradition, a strong rebellious character and a selfish and careless person in the society. At the beginning of a story, Jackson presents Mrs. Hutchinson a devotee to the old tradition. When Mrs. Hutchinson comes hurriedly to participate in the lottery, she seems very excited. When she arrived little late and said, “Clean forgot what day it was”, the people nearby her laughed softly (Jackson 904-905). Even though she didn’t arrive at the lottery holding place on time she couldn’t reject or unfollow the tradition.
Curley’s wife is in a failed marriage, she often whines and tells everyone around that her husband is a brutish man; She also often says that she is bored with her life. Curley 's wife need for excitement was her downfall, she threatens to have the black stable worker lynched if he complains about her to the boss. Her constant flirting with Lennie seals her unfortunate fate. John Steinbeck world is no place for
Wright’s neglect, emotional abuse, and the loss of hope has to the self- immolation of Mrs. Wright. Mr. Wright causes his wife to kill him because he killed her bird which resembled her-self and how she was pretty, happy, and was free. But Mr. Wright killed her bird so she killed him. He was responsible for his own death, by making Mrs. Wright self-destruct. The two women in the play have been picking up one the little house clue the men in the play would find in significant, because they think all the women are really talking about is trifles, but in reality they are talking about how Mrs. Wright killed her husband.
It’s cruel that the people of the town would hope that the families who had already lost a member be chosen once again. Tessie’s cheerful personality about the lottery finally vanishes once she realizes that her husband had picked the paper with the dot (Jackson 375). Only now does the lottery seem unfair to her; it is also where the reader realizes what a terrible, selfish person Tessie is. First, Tessie claims that Mr. Summers hadn’t given Mr. Hutchinson enough time to choose (Jackson 375). Then, as Yarmove writes, Tessie shows her deceitful side when she tries to make her two married daughters partake in the next draw so that she will have a better change to survive (2).