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.
Screaming, yelling, and screeching emerge from Tessi Hutchinson, but the town remains hushed as they continue to cast their stones. Reasonably Tessi appears as the victim, but the definite victim is the town. This town, populated by rational people, stones an innocent woman because of a lottery. To make matters worse, no one in the town fathoms why they exterminate a guiltless citizen every June. The town’s inexplicable behavior derives from following an ancient, ludicrous tradition.
Although other towns are quitting the lotteries because they realize they’re wrong and unjust, this village refuses to stray from tradition. A tradition so inhumane and violent should be abandoned, but unfortunately no one sees it that way until they wi... ... middle of paper ... ...The Lottery which is to sacrifice their own friends and family every year for the sake of their crop. Both traditions go to the extremes, but Iraqi traditions don’t always end in violence and death, unlike the tradition in The Lottery. In closing, the different cultures portrayed in the story The Lottery and the article An American Honor Killing follow outrageous and sometimes even inhumane rituals and lifestyles, just for the sake of carrying on tradition.
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
Some facets associated with the point of view in this story include dramatic irony illustrated in the villagers conversation and the objective narrator recounting events leading up to the start of the lottery. First, the dramatic irony is encountered when Mrs. Adams discusses how other neighboring towns have stopped conducting the lottery, which Old Man Warner response by stating that they are a “’pack of young fools’” (293). The villagers fail to realize that other towns have moved on from the lottery to benefit by preserving peace and living condition. Without the villagers adapting such as their neighboring towns they might end up destroying their infrastructure and killing of their population, thus, leading them to their overall demise. Further, the objective narrative also is a key factor into understanding the town’s people attitude towards the lottery.
“The Lottery” written by Shirley Jackson is about a town coming together to hold a lottery. The twist being the winner of the lottery gets stoned to death by the town members. No one really know why their town and the ones surrounding it keep the practice going. But no one stops the ceremony they just know it is an event that happens every year for the past seventy seven years. Through the characters and the ritual of the lottery Jackson demonstrates how people blindly follow their traditions without knowing their history.
Society nowadays will hate or blame a certain person or group just because the majority believes a certain thing against them. The villagers all follow the same ritual and actions that it has become evident throughout the years that no one will ever be different. The effortless turn on Tessie when the black dot dictated her life showed how fast the villagers and even her own family killed her, just because of this materialistic black box that somehow rules their whole society. The families seemed like a detrimental part of the story, how they stood together during the lottery and how the children fled to stand by their parents showed that being together before the huge announcement was somewhat important. But as soon as the black dot was assigned, none of that seemed to matter to the villagers once the victim was chosen.
Old man Warner “Lotter in June, corn be heavy soon”. The connection I made was that’s the only reason people in the village believe if they keep this ceremonial going the corn will continue to grow. The moment Tessie Hutchinson family was up for the draw she immediately started to go into panic because she knew herself or a loved one was going to get stoned. With her being a mother, she thought it could possibly be one of her own children getting stoned her feeling towards the lottery change drastically she started saying “this isn’t fair
Tessie Hutchinson was upset, but when she complains, it is her husband Bill who tells her to shut up. Mrs. Dunbar said “Come on” and “Hurry up” as Mr. Dunbar told her “You’ll have to go ahead and I’ll catch up with you (Jackson 5).” Old Man Warner was heard saying, “Come on, come on, everyone (Jackson 5)”. In “The Lottery: Overview, Linda Wagner-Martin states “Clearly, opinion within the community is divided as to the usefulness and the efficacy—not to mention the humanity—of this lottery”. Everyone participated in the stoning, including her husband and three children. The stoning happened directly after the lottery drawing and was not a sad event as one would think it would be.
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.