Analysis of "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson

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The short story “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson is a mystery. There is the unknown answer to the question, “What is the lottery?” Little by the little the author reveals the ugly truth. The dialogue and actions of the characters slowly reveal that winning the lottery is no triumph but a death sentence.
With the setting of a bright summer day with blooming flowers and children running around freely and gathering stones, the story starts off on a sunny and happy note. As the town gathers for the lottery they chat and joke and enjoy each other’s company. There is even a feeling of fun as the event only happens once a year.
The author lends to the feeling of fun as she describes how the local philanthropist runs the lottery. “The lottery was conducted- as were the square dances, the teen club, the Halloween program- by Mr. Summers who had time and energy to devote to civic activities” (Jackson). This sentence suggests a similarity between the lottery and other exciting events.
The lottery has been around longer than any of the townspeople have been alive. The old materials for the lottery have been long lost and many of the traditions have been done away with like the speech given by the one in charge of the lottery. The current box is even old and shabby and in need of replacement but no one ever gets around to it. As the story progresses the townspeople discuss how nearby towns no longer run a lottery and wonder if they should do the same. The oldest member reinforces the timelessness of the tradition by stating that there’s always been a lottery and that’s just how it’s done.
One family in particular is singled out by the mother, Tessie Hutchinson, arriving late and her young son running away from her only to be reprimanded by his father. As they all talk to each other, it is clear this is a small town where everyone knows each other and everyone gets along quite

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