Literary Analysis of The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
Although several themes exist in the Lottery, only a few remain significant. Mrs. Hutchinson, who apparently arrived just moments after 10 A.M., ended up as the not so lucky person that received the black dot on her ticket. “Clean forgot what day it was……..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 3). She simply forgot the special event that took place that day and did nothing wrong. Never in the story did Shirley Jackson hint that Mrs. Hutchinson reeked of evil; however, she was punished brutally for no just picking a slip of paper out of some old, black box. Anyone in this small town, even the children, have the same chance of becoming the one murder victim. “Nancy was twelve, and her school friends breathed heavily as she went forward switching her skirt, and took a slip daintily from the box” (5). This goes for America’s society where any random person can be jailed or accused of something they were wrongly accused for. Society punishes innocent citizens based on faulty accusations or just because they resemble an estranged serial killer. As soon as the news goes public, friends and even family members disown the “criminal” just like in the lottery where all of Mrs. Hutchinson’s friends turned on her. Mr. Summers, who interacted with Mrs. Hutchinson earlier, in a friendly manner, “….and Mr. Summers, who had been waiting, said cheerfully. ‘Thought we were going to have to get on without you, Tessie” (2) completely turned on Mrs. Hutchinson by the end of the story “All right, folks…….Let’s finish quickly.” Even Mrs. Hutchinson’s own family turned on her. “The children had stones already. And someone gave little Davy Hutchinson few pebbles” (6). To the whole population of the village, the lottery was a ritual that had became a huge aspect of the villagers lives and thought nothing of it. Just like American’s accept...
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