Jackson Lottery Essay

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“The Lottery Tradition” “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson begins in a small town with a description of a bright and serene setting in a small village. The morning the event took place was clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a full-summer day; the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green. It appears that the town is gathering for an important event. Jackson portrays a picture of innocent children playing together; who seem eager for the lottery to take place. As the story continues there is an awareness that the event taking place is not something positive that they look forward to. Many of the towns' people seem uneasy. Jackson suggests many individuals are not strong enough to confront society’s norms for fear of being rejected by society and in doing so allowing the vicious cycle of pointless traditions that through ignorance or unconsciousness cause general inhumanity and all-too-human tendency to seize upon a scapegoat. The focus switches to Tessie Hutchinson who is late and says "Clean forgot what day it was," (Jackson 2-3). Mr. Summers, the official of the lottery (who happens to be at the top of the social ladder of the town) had been waiting, and says to Tessie Hutchinson "Thought we were going to have to get on without you”. Mrs. Hutchinson replies, "Wouldn't have me leave m'dishes in the sink, now, would you. Joe? (3)” Jackson uses the characters to show the hierarchy in their society and that women in that era were subservient. The drawing begins from a black box which begins to get everyone tensed. This old black box was not something the towns' people looked high upon. The box represented yet another longstanding tradition that was pointless.
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