I am writing my essay on “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson. There are several themes that run through this classic short story. One would be the long standing traditions. The mysterious lottery is one example. Villagers continue the lottery year after year because, as one of the villagers would say, “We have always had a lottery as far back as I can remember. I see no reason to end it.” The black box that contains each citizen’s name is another example. Another theme would be that of man’s cruelty toward other men. What appears to be a peaceful town suddenly turns ruthlessly violent in the end. Although some townspeople raise questions about the lottery, they all go along with it in the end. This makes them become unthinking members of a herd, forfeiting their individuality and sending Tessie Hutchinson to her death. That of gender is also involved in this story. The society is male-dominated, and the women are even submissive to their young male children. The central conflict of this story would be when Tess Hutchinson disagrees with the result of the lottery. To summarize the plot, the villagers of a small town gather together in the square on June 27, a beautiful day, for the town lottery. In other towns, the lottery takes longer, but there are only 300 people in this village, so the lottery takes only two hours. Village children, who had just finished school for the summer, run around collecting stones. They put the stones in their pockets and make a pile in the square. Men gather next, followed by the women. Parents call their children over, and families stand together. Mr. Summers runs the lottery because he has a lot of time to do things for the village. He arrives in the square with the black box, followed by Mr. Graves, the postmaster. This black box isn’t the original box used for the lottery because the original was lost many years age, even before the town elder, Old Man Warner, was born. Mr. Summers always suggests that they make a new box
"The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson opens on a warm June day in a town of about three hundred people, and describes an annual event in the town, a tradition that is apparently widespread among surrounding villages as well. While the townspeople, more than 300, await the arrival of Mr. Summers, and the black wooden box from which everyone is to draw a folded slip of paper, adults chat while children play a game in which they gather stones.
The event for which they gather is a lottery conducted by….
In her critical biography of Shirley Jackson, Lenemaja Friedman notes that when Shirley Jackson's story "The Lottery" was published in the June 28, 1948 issue of the New Yorker it received a response that "no New Yorker story had ever received": hundreds of letters poured in that were characterized by "bewilderment, speculation, and old-fashioned abuse."1 It is not hard to account for this response: Jackson's story portrays an "average" New England village with "average" citizens engaged in a deadly….
‘The Lottery’ By Shirley Jackson
Task: How does Shirley Jackson build up suspense in the short story ‘The Lottery’?
The story ‘The Lottery’ was written by Shirley Jackson, throughout the piece the author builds up suspense towards the climax. The story takes place in a small village, where the people are close and tradition is paramount. A yearly event, called the lottery, is one in which one person in the town is randomly selected, by a drawing, to be violently….
the mood and to foreshadow of things to come. "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson is a story in which the setting sets up the reader to think of positive outcomes. However, this description of the setting foreshadows exactly the opposite of what is to come. In addition, the theme that we learn of at the end leads us to think of where the sanity of some human beings lies.
The story begins with the establishment of the setting. To begin, Shirley Jackson tells the reader what time of day and what time of….
The Lottery by Shirley Jackson tells an intriguing, thought-provoking and disturbing story, by using conventions of symbolism, dialogue and foreshadowing. The conventions used help bring together, emphasize and create meaning for the reader, that people blindly follow traditions that have lost meaning .Jackson has cleverly used symbolism in the short story to form a multifaceted meaning that challenges the readers to broaden their thoughts in regards to the tradition. The convention of dialogue misleads….
The Lottery by Shirley Jackson tells us about the absurdness of blind obedience.
The story begins when the people of the village began to gather in the square. Some of
the children are gathering stones. The narrator was like making a warning earlier in the
story by mentioning the pile of stones and the way the older people distance themselves
from it. "They stood together, away from the pile of stones in the corner, and their jokes
were quiet and they smiled rather than laughed….
Interpretation of Literature
Topic 2 – Othering
Shirley Jackson’s story, “The Lottery”, takes place on June 27th in a very small village of about only 300 people. This day is what they call the day of the lottery, hence the title. The Lottery is a tradition they have done for years, where the entire village gathers in the square, wait for their name to be called, which they then pick a small piece of paper from a black box, and patiently wait for everyone to pick their piece of paper….
‘The Lottery’ by Shirley Jackson is a short story that uses plot. characterisation and suspense to develop several themes. In doing so Jackson deepens our understanding of people and the nature of society. The story begins in a growing village which holds an annual lottery, but instead of being rewarded the person who receives the marked paper gets stoned to death.….
just concluded. Husbands came and talked about taxes and wives gossiped about the town.
In some towns, the Lottery could take two days, but in this town, there were no more than 100 residents and the Lottery only took two hours. If the Lottery began at 10 a.m., families could be home for their noonday meals.
Each year, the concept of creating a new box from which to draw the Lottery tickets from is brought up, but nothing ever comes of it. The current box is said to have been made with splinters….
The Lottery opens with the details of the day of the lottery as s Sunny, warm, summers day. Summer thrives on having days described in the opening sentence and sunny day signifies how normal the lottery is in their society. Despite the fact someone is going to be killed and stoned to death that day. Children gathering stones and also participating in the stoning show that everyone can cast judgement on people. The old black box could represent conservative views government or religion. Mr. Summer….