“The Lottery” In Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”, there are several characters throughout this short story that participate in an annual ritual within their town known as the story’s title: “The Lottery”. Despite the fact that there are a distinct handful of characters in the drawing of the symbolic Black Box, only one of them wins the lottery; and that is none other than Tessie Hutchinson. Mrs. Hutchinson is a mother of three and the wife of Mr. Hutchinson, Bill. What makes Mrs. Hutchinson a strikingly interesting character to me is that she’s written a certain way to purposely give the reader an intentional perspective of her. With that being said, I want to dig deeper into Tessie Hutchinson’s character analysis and study her symbolic nature in order to understand why Shirley Jackson wrote Mrs. Hutchinson the way she did.
Symbolism in “The Lottery” Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” is a short story filled with an immense amount of symbolism used in a way that conveys to readers the evil nature of society and traditions. Every year the community gathers to select a winner for the year’s lottery and this year it is Mrs. Tessie Hutchinson who is the lucky winner to be stoned to death. The story begins in a setting so real it could have taken place any where right here in America but it does not give an exact location. This signifies that these evils of humanity and tradition that take place in the story can take place any where we live. The time period the event occurs in is not stated either, signifying that such cruel acts can take place at any time.
This particular lottery actually has intentions of hurting people and taking their lives. Shirley Jackson plays with the audience’s mind creating various moods throughout the story. In the beginning paragraph, Shirley Jackson starts the story off with a bright and festive mood. “The morning of June 27th was clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a full summer day; the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green. The people of the village began to gather in the bank, around ten o’clock;” Thereis a feeling that the mood will continue to either get better or stay the same.
The unfortunate winner of the lottery. Tessie complains at the end of the story that the lottery is not fair, however her words fall on deaf ears as the first stone is cast into her head and suddenly the town was "upon her’. Tessie Hutchinson is not meant to be portrayed as a metaphor, but she does represent the victim of the story. Tessie was chosen for a brutal act at random. Tessie’s attitude before and after she is selected as the winner of the lottery.
However, a person is about to get chosen to get stoned to death. Moreover, the term, lottery, is usually defined as getting chosen in a positive event, ironically, the lottery in the story is seen as a misfortune pick of death. The story also delivers irony through the character, Old Man Warren, while he criticizes the people who quit lotteries “pack of young fools”. Jackson also wrote, “Although the villagers had forgotten the ritual and lost the original black box, they still remembered to use stones” (pg.80) in order to deliver an ironic tone through her role of a narrator. The story also contains several examples of symbolisms.
The pile of stones the boys had made earlier was ready.” It foreshadowed that the rocks the boys had piled were about to use for the person who “won” the lottery. After Mr. Summers finishes talking to all the people who had gathered for the lottery Mrs. Hutchinson, or Tessie, shows up almost late and Bill Hutchinson says “Thought we
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The consequences of groupthink are rampant in Shirley Jackson’s short story, “The Lottery”. In, “The Lottery”, Jackson presents many symbolic messages and themes that illustrate what happens when a society succumbs to groupthink in order to warn us of the dangers of not being our own critical thinkers and idly accepting things at face-value. The setting of “The Lottery” takes place on a warm and sunny day on June 27th. “The flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green” (Jackson). Every year during this time the residents of the village participate in a lottery.