Ericka S. Goodner
English Composition 2
April 7, 2013
Shirley Jackson “The Lottery”
Shirley Jackson’s short story, “The Lottery” provides an overall view on how old traditions of a lottery winning would result in taking the life of a town’s member by sacrificial stoning. The narrator implies that the main character Tessie Hutchinson, reacts frantically when she realizes that the slip of paper she pulled would be the slip that held the black dot. With this knowledge, Tessie’s life would be transformed in a uncompromising way. Jackson clearly uses aspects of theme, setting, symbolism and tone to introduce a notion of ancient rituals.
The major character in the story is Tessie Hutchinson, and the minor characters are Mr. Summer’s, Old Man Warner, and Mrs. Delacroix. Tessie, in the story is developed as a round character. Jackson uses the protagonist, Mrs. Hutchinson to show an individual consumed by y hypocrisy and weakness. Though it is hinted that she attempted to rebel and not show up to the event, Mrs. Hutchison arrives late, with a nervous excuse of “forgetting what day it was” (Jackson 295). It is ironic that she, who almost stood up for her beliefs, is the one who wins the lottery and is fated to be stoned. What is perhaps the most about Mrs. Hutchinson, however, is her sudden unleashing of her true self. Before the drawing she is friendly with other women, pretending to be pleased to be present. But the very moment that she sees that its her family that draws the black dot, though, her selfishness is evident, she replies: “ You didn’t give him time enough to take any paper he wanted. I saw you”, “it wasn’t fair”(284). Then she turns on her own daughter “There’s Don and Eva” she yelled maliciously, make them take their chance (295)! She continues to scream about the unfairness of the ritual up until her stoning. Mrs. Hutchinson knew that the lottery was wrong, but never took any precautions about stopping it. She is a dynamic character...
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