The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

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The short story, “The Lottery” by author Shirley Jackson, encompasses many themes that can call society’s morals into question. Taking place in a small, New England town, the story begins with the town folk gathering for its annual lottery. On a warm, summer day, the schoolchildren gather in the square, followed by the other villagers. Children and adults alike collect stones, at this time, for an unknown reason. Neighbors converse and share the excitement of another lottery day. The author creates a serene and jovial setting which offsets the story’s ending. One by one, each person is called up by Mr. Summers to pull a piece of paper from the lottery box. The one person who is “lucky” enough to win the lottery is stoned to death by the rest of the town. The conclusion of the tale is not foreseen throughout the beginning of the story due to the lively attitude of the characters as well as the title. When thinking of a lottery, you think of a happy ending. The sudden murder of Tessie Hutchinson by those she was close to could be a critique on not only society’s inclination to be blind followers, but it could also call morals and religion into question. “The Lottery” portrays a quiet town of seemingly normal, honest people committing an act of murder. This happens once every year at the start of summer. The tradition of the lottery has always existed for as long as many townspeople can remember. No one knows the true reasoning behind why it is held, but none of the elders

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