Analysis Of ' The Lottery ' By Shirley Jackson

1964 Words May 4th, 2016 8 Pages
Jake Gallo
Professor Underwood
English 1B
4 May, 2016
Unassailable Truth in the Lottery
Society can have a great effect on one’s actions and thoughts of truth. Some believe there is an idea of an unassailable truth, which is a truth that cannot be deemed false. This ideology is brought to the forefront in Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” (1948), a short story in which a small village of about 300 people stone one of their own each year as part of a cultural tradition. In this story the focus is on a woman named Tess Hutchinson, or “Tessie” is the victim of the stoning. To demonstrate the villager’s mentality towards the ottery a quote by the towns elder, Old Man Warner, gives his opinion on the lottery “Used to be a saying ‘Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon’ First thing you know, we’d all be eating chickweed and acorns. There’s always been a lottery.” (Jackson 262). There is another village addressed in this story, however it is briefly touched on and it is made aware to the reader that the other village has stopped participating in the lottery. The villagers have this mentality that the lottery should not be questioned, showing ignorance to all other alternatives and ending the lottery all together.
Many analysts of “The Lottery” address tradition being shown in the story. In his article “Shirley Jackson’s Literary Discourse and the Allegation of Feminism as Socio-Cultural Subversion in Mid-Twentieth Century America” (2011) Gustavo Vargas Cohen, a faculty member at the…

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