Analysis of The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

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According to Anais Nin, a prominent Spanish author, "When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons. We cease to grow. " Shirley Jackson was born in 1919 in San Francisco, California to Leslie and Geraldine Jackson. She is most well known for her short story titled “The Lottery” which was first published in The New Yorker to overwhelming and mixed reviews. The lottery, as portrayed in the short story, is a religious, annual ceremony in the afternoon of June 27. This event is said to be older than Old Man Warner and has lost most of its meaning. Every year, a “lucky” winner is blindly chosen with the use of a magical, black box to be stoned to death with the hopes it will produce rain for their…show more content…
Last, Mrs. Delacroix’s name can be translated from French to mean “of the cross” a direct symbol that represents the death of innocent people in ancient times. “None but Mr Graves could best assist Mr Summers to preserve the ceremony...To crown it all the Delacroix are singled out as the most fervent participants in the ritualistic killing” (Schaub). Mr. Schaub exemplifies how the names of the villagers are closely tied to the true meaning and occurrences of the lottery. Last, Shirley Jackson developed her theme that people blindly follow traditions even if immorally wrong in her short story, The Lottery, through the use of allusions. First, when Mrs. Hutchinson unfolded her paper and notice she had received the black dot, she started to speak out against the overrated traditions of the community. When she did this, Mr. Summers encouraged the citizens to begin throwing the stones the recently had gathered. “Tessie Hutchinson was in the center of a cleared space by now, and she held her hands out desperately as the villagers moved in on her. "It isn't fair," she said. A stone hit her on the side of the head” (Jackson). This is a direct allusion to a woman born during the seventeenth century, her name was Anne Hutchinson. She spoke out against the Boston Church and founded Rhode Island as a Puritan colony. Due to this she was banished and ultimately killed for speaking out. “Anne Hutchinson, a

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