Film Critique of 'The Lottery'

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In the film The Lottery Residents of a village gather at 10 a.m. on June 27 in the square between the post office and the bank for the annual lottery. A bright sun is shining down on fragrant flowers and green lawns while the townspeople await the arrival of Mr. Summers and the black wooden box from which everyone is to draw a folded slip of paper. Adults chat while children play a game in which they gather stones. Whoever draws the slip of paper with the black dot on it will receive all of the lottery proceeds. The first of many hints that all is not what it appears to be is when Mr. Summers ask for help with holding the black box steady and everyone is reluctant to help until two men who are father and son step forward to help. If this would have been a lottery where winning was not a bad thing I think people would have been more than happy to help. The second hint comes when Steve Adams tells Old Man Warner that the north village was talking of giving up the lottery. Once again if the lottery was a good thing why would people want to give it up? The third hint is that when Mr. Summers starts calling names to pick out a slip of paper that no one is getting excited or taking about what they would do if the won the lottery. The forth hint is when it’s time for the men to expose who has the winning ticket, it’s reviled that Mr. Hutchens is holding ticket and does not have the look of a true lottery winner. Instead he looks as if he had just lost something. The fifth and final hint is when Tessie starts causing a seen and pleading with every saying it wasn’t fare. The reader is fooled in many ways throughout this story in believing that this is a story with a happy ending. The first time the reader is fooled is when they read the title. When someone thinks of the word lottery they think luck, money, and winning. So at the very beginning of the story you’re
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