The Lottery by Shirley Jackson Essay

969 Words Feb 12th, 2007 4 Pages
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
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Jackson described the scene of the small village this way to foreshadow the unexpected ending. Making the reader think the lottery winner will inherit a sizable fortune.
The village isn't entirely in support of the annual lottery that takes place in June. One of the eldest villagers reacted with contempt that other villages have stopped the lottery all together. Old Man Warner feels that the village will take step back into the primitive if everyone felt the same way about abolishing the lottery. He describes the village to north as a pack of ‘crazy fools' and he claims its' trouble to not think of old saying ‘Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon' in reference of the upcoming corn harvest. The author makes it a point to show the conversations going on in the crowd. One of the wives mentions that some places have already quit doing lotteries altogether. The wives of some men are expressing their displeasure with the whole lottery. For example Mrs. Delacroix said to Mrs. Graves, "Seems like there's no time at all between lotteries any more." This statement should let the reader know that something isn't kosher about the lottery.
The Lottery was well written because of the author's ability to hide the brutal truth behind the setting of the story. It starts with the children who are inherently perceived with sense of innocence and the men and women who gather with their children in the town center. The author lets the reader believe these people are innocent

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