"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 Mr. Summers, a neatly dressed, jovial business man with a wife, but no children. Although many traditional customs associated with the lottery seemed to have been lost over time, Mr. Summers still has ''a great deal of fussing to be done'' before he declares the lottery open. He has created lists of households, including the heads of households in each family, and members of each household in each family. Just as Mr. Summers turned to the assembled villagers, Mrs. Tessie Hutchinson, a house wife, arrives late just then, telling Mrs. Delacroix that she “Clean forgot what day it was” until she noticed that her children had left her house, and remembered it was the day of the lottery. Mrs. Tessie Hutchinson than makes her way through the crowd to her husband, while the villagers comment on her arrival. Mr. Summers begins the necessity of confirming everyone’s attendance, and clarifying whom will represent the family. When everything is finalized , each representative is called up one after another, and nervously draws a folded slip of paper from the black box. While people are called up, one of the villagers presents the idea of other towns giving up the lottery. Old Man Warner snorts in reply, “Pack of crazy fools, Listening to young folks, nothing's good enough for them. Next thing you know, they'll be wanting to go back to living in caves, nobody work anymore, live that way for awhile. Used to be a saying about 'Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon.' First thing you
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….
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….
10 September 2011
In this paper, we are going to carry out a reflexion about the characters in two stories : “The Destructors,“ by Graham Greene and “The Lottery,“ by Shirley Jackson. We are going to identify the main characters and point out their qualities, emotions, attitudes, and behaviors. In this way, we will compare the two stories based upon their characters.
Leading or Following the Group
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