The Lottery by Shirley Jackson Essay

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The Lottery By: Shirley Jackson Summary: The Lottery happens in June every year in a small village of about 300 people. It's a tradition held annually for well over 80 years and Mr. Summers who oversees several civic activities in the community like square dances, teenage club, and the Halloween program as well as the Lottery. The Lottery normally starts around ten o'clock in the morning and is finished around noon, the townspeople gather at the center of the town. A small old black wooden box is used to shuffle and pass out slips of paper out to the townsfolk, the various head of house-holds line up to be dealt a small hand of fate. A lot of the original stuff that came with the small black wooden box has been long since…show more content…
Examine how the towns-people react at the thought of ending the Lottery. Shirley Jackson leads the reader to an unexpected ending because most of the story up until the plot twist was pretty predictable which is why the ending was so surprising. The children in story were some of the first people Jackson describes as the villagers began to assemble in town center. She mentions the time of year is after school has let out for the summer. She then mentions the way the children were assembling before the lottery takes place, "They tended to gather together quietly far a while before they broke into boisterous play." Jackson followed up the playful gathering and describes how the boys scramble around to gather smooth stones before the lottery commences. The Author describes the little girls talking amongst themselves while glancing over their shoulder as the boys gather stones. Bobby Martin is portrayed as an innocent child collecting rocks, playing, and getting dirty just in time to fall in line between his father and his brother in line for the lottery. The men and women of the village are going about life as if it's any ordinary day in late July. Shirley Jackson further tells the reader about the women are dressed in faded casual clothes, and how the women casually began greeting one and other, and as they exchanged bits of gossip during the few minutes before the lottery. And the men were chatting and joking

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