Ritualistic Tradition In Shirley Jackson's The Lottery

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“The Lottery” Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” portrays a small town in which the citizens gather for a yearly lottery. Unlike a typical lottery, this is one you would not want to win. The lottery in this story is used for public stoning contrary to the first thing that comes to the readers mind when they think of winning the lottery; a big sum of money. This work of fiction demonstrates conformity and rebellion, while suggesting that the lottery is a ritualistic ceremony. “The Lottery” focuses around a village on their annual lottery. The famous lottery is to ensure enough rain to have a good crop next June, which explains why the lottery is held every year on June 27th. The story…show more content…
The Lottery really starts to uncover itself when everyone has already chosen a slip and they realize that the Hutchinson family has the black slip. Tessie Hutchinson became hysterical, screaming “ you didn’t give him enough time to take any paper he wanted I saw you. It wasn’t fair.” Of course Tessie is upset because her family chose the black slip. Jackson begins to show us how all of a sudden someone can begin to become rebellious. We wonder if Tessie would have spoken up if it was another family was chosen. What started as a normal day becomes a ritualistic death ceremony. “The Lottery”, may have many meanings it could express different themes and ideas. Most importantly The Lottery discusses conformity and rebellion. The towns people live their lives believing that the day of the lottery is a normal day and that sacrificing one of their will help them have a good crop season; and rebellion in the way that Tessie stood up for herself in front of the whole town to try to stay alive but did not succeed. Tessie might have always felt that the lottery was not something that should have been done, but did not go against it until she was the

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