The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

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Marina Grishechkina
Professor Abbott
English 126
April 6, 2016 “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson

“The Lottery” introduces the reader to a cruel ritual of the village where people gather together to participate in the annual elimination of a random villager. Superficially friendly mood in the town at the beginning of the story was replaced by hostile and violent human behavior at the end. Warm and sunny summer morning did not represent happiness; instead, it represented death. The entire population of the village blindly follows existing tradition regardless of it horrifying purpose. Compliance with violent rituals leads to indifference and hidden aggression, which in turn cause immorality and society degradation.
In 1948, when “The Lottery” was published, Shirley Jackson received only negative reviews from the readers. Many people, including Jackson’s mother, disapproved the story due to it frighten nature. According to Jackson’s husband, Stanley Edgar Hyman, “people often expressed surprise at the difference between Shirley Jackson appearance and manner, and the violent and terrifying nature of her fiction” (Hyman). He believed that people misunderstood “The Lottery”, describing it as “chillingly horrifying”. In fact, creating variety of writing styles, she tried to attract different audience, meanwhile expressing herself and her view of the world. As stated by Coulthard, “Jackson wrote “The
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