The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

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The Lottery By: Shirley Jackson
Summary:The Lottery happens in June every year in a small village of about 300 people. It's a tradition held annually for well over 80 years and Mr. Summers who oversees several civic activities in the community like square dances, teenage club, and the Halloween program as well as the Lottery. The Lottery normally starts around ten o'clock in the morning and is finished around noon, the townspeople gather at the center of the town. A small old black wooden box is used to shuffle and pass out slips of paper out to the townsfolk, the various head of house-holds line up to be dealt a small hand of fate. A lot of the original stuff that came with the small black wooden box has been long since lost, and the box too was shabby looking after many years of use. After some commotion Mr. Summers declared the lottery ‘opened' and several list were gathered. The lists had family's names and the name of each head of household on the list, and each person drew for each family. After everybody had drawn a slip of paper out of the box and once the last slip of paper was drawn Mr. Summers allowed everyone to open all at once. All the slips of paper are blank except for one piece that has a large dark dot scratched in heavy pencil on the piece of paper. After the lottery was conducted all the children, the women of the town and all the gathered around the lottery winner which was Tessie Hutchinson. And then the towns-people encircled her and descended upon her with stones in hand. The people do this brutal ritual in hopes of guaranteeing a plentiful harvest.

Analysis:In Shirley Jackson's The Lottery she used the setting effectively to distract the reader from what was actually happening in the town during the Lottery. The village does this ritual every year to ensure good crops. Examine the children and how innocently the author presented them in story just before the ugly truth was revealed. Look at the towns-people...
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