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The lottery by Shirley Jackson
On a warm day, the villagers gather together in the square to participate in a lottery run,
Mr. Summers who officiates to all the big civic events. The children arrive first and begin
collecting stones till their parents call them to order. When Tessie Hutchinson arrives to the
lottery late, admits that forgot what the day it was and she turned out hurryingly from the other
villagers as different and even too threatening (Jackson 1). The other women are seen arriving at
the square calmly and talking to one another and they stood placidly by their husbands. Tessie
arrives in the village totally flustered and even out of her breath. The crowd must have pitied her
to reach her family and her husband would endure good-natured teasing as she makes her way to
the villagers. One single day when the villagers focused to the lottery, the breach of propriety
seems inappropriate and even unforgivable and everyone comes to the presented lottery.
The absent character is one man with a broken leg. Tessie settles into the crowd and joins
the lottery just like any other person while Jackson sets herself apart as a kind of free spirit who
is able to forgot about the lottery entirely presented as she perform he chores. Probably, Tessie is
a free spirit and the only villager to protest against the lottery (Jackson 2). A time came and the

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family of Hutchinson draws the marked paper as Tessie exclaims that it was not fair. This
continues in a refrain line as Tessie is selected and finally stoned to death, but without listening
to her, the villagers ignored her plea even Bill silences her (Jackson 3). There is no clue as to
whether Tessie would have protested the fairness of the lottery if her family had no been
involved in this situation of moot point. She is always silenced as speaks out with her motivation.
In this story, a narrator considers the old man Warner as the oldest man in the town who
has participated in seventy seven lotteries. An old man Warner represents a staunch advocate for
keeping things exactly the way they use to be. A narrator identifies an old man Warner as hard
hearted since he dismisses the towns and young people who have quitted having lotteries as
Crazy fools and he is threatened by the idea of change (Catlin1). To his believe the narrator
minds logically on the people who would like holding lotteries that will soon want to live in
caves. The theme of the story opens the stable society with regards of lottery. On the month of
June, the corn season signifies different reattribute for the fears of villagers to eat chickweed and
corns and if the lottery stops the villagers will be forced to eat. Also the idea suggests that
stopping the lottery will have to lead to a return of much earlier era, when people used to hunt
and gather for their food.
The illogical and irrational fears reveal that the Old Man Warner harbors a strong belief
in superstition. He easily adheres to the way things are because this is the way things have been
and a belief lays on the changes to the status which might lead to disaster (Catlin 2). This
thinking shows how its danger to follow tradition blindly and never to question about beliefs
which have passed down from one generation to the other.

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Work Cited
Jackson, Shirley. The Lottery. Mankato, MN: Creative Education, 2008. Print.
Catlin, Don. The Lottery Book: The Truth Behind the Numbers. Chicago: Bonus Books, 2003.
Print.
Jackson, Shirley. The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson: A Lively Learning Guide. Sunnyvale, Calif.:
Shmoop, 2010. Internet resource.

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NameTutorCourseDateThe lottery by Shirley Jackson On a warm day, the villagers gather together in the square to participate in a lottery run, Mr. Summers who officiates to all the big civic events. The children arrive first and begin collecting stones till their parents call them to order. When Tessie Hutchinson arrives to the lottery late, admits that forgot what the day it was and she turned out hurryingly from the other villagers as different and even too threatening (Jackson 1). The other women are seen arriving at the square calmly and talking to one another and they stood placidly by their husbands. Tessie arrives in the village totally flustered and even out of her breath. The crowd must have pitied her to reach her family and her husband would endure good-natured teasing as she makes her way to the villagers. One single day when the villagers focused to the lottery, the br ...
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