The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

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Could you imagine having your name pulled out of the lottery? It is everyone’s dream to hit that jackpot, and obtain any prize that is in store for them. What if the prize wasn’t cash or your dream boat? What if it entailed a city wide gathering in your name with the intentions of you getting stoned? That doesn’t seem like a dream come true. That is exactly what happens in the short storyThe Lottery” by Shirley Jackson. This horrific tale is about a mass city wide gathering where everyone participates in the ritualistic stoning of one of their citizens. This short story is the perfect example for learning about group violence, and is ideal for teaching children and teens a lesson in following the crowd. However, during the time period it was created, “The Lottery” was not accepted well by its readers. Because of its geographical reference and time period, “The Lottery” has become one of the most controversial and influential short stories The New Yorker has ever published.
“The Lottery” was written in the year of 1948. Although many controversial topics and stories have come about, nothing like “The Lottery” had ever come about. There were stories about forbidden love and mental illnesses in “The Yellow Wallpaper” and “The Story of an Hour” that were considered controversial, but there were no stories about a town coming together to stone one of its citizens to death. In 2014, “The Lottery” would be considered minute in gore compared to the many films and stories that

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