The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

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Individual in Society
Can one individual change a large group of people? Can the effort of one person be enough to break up a faulty tradition practicing by a society? In most cases the answer would be ‘yes’ and in some ‘no’. Many individuals try and succeed but many fail just like the main character Tessie Hutchinson in Shirley Jackson’s short story “The Lottery”. When someone hears the word “lottery”, he or she may think that someone will be rewarded with prize. But “The Lottery” By Shirley Jackson is different than what one thinks. In the story, a lottery is going to be conducted not like Mega Million or Powerball one play here. In the story, the person who wins the lottery is stoned to death instead of being rewarded with the prize.
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Hutchinson and the only reason she is saying “It wasn’t fair!” is because her husband picked the black dotted piece of paper in the lottery (Jackson 907). One of the family members from the family which picks the black dotted piece of paper should sacrifice his or her life. When she speaks against the tradition about its fairness it is clearly shown that Mrs. Hutchinson is no more a supporter of the lottery. After the Hutchinson family picked for the winner of the lottery, they will conduct a mini lottery only for that family. When Mrs. Hutchinson is chosen to be stoned, she almost goes crazy. Beyond rebellious character, Mrs. Hutchinson is presented as a selfish and careless person. She speaks against the lottery only to escape from death. Moreover, she seems so selfish when she said, “There is Don and Eva, Make them take their chance” (Jackson 907). She wants to include her married daughter Eva and son-in-law Don in her family drawing. When Mr. Summers said, “Daughters draw with their husband families, Tessie,” Mrs. Hutchinson helplessly keeps saying, “It wasn’t fair” (Jackson 907). She tries every possible ways to save herself from death. When she said, “We ought to start over, I tell you it wasn’t fair”, one can see the real face or Mrs. Hutchinson (Jackson 907). She would do anything she could she could to escape from the punishment. She wants somebody else to die instead of one of her family member. When she gets selected to get stoned,

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