The Lottery Essay

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Citera Propst Jon-Paul Wimer Introduction to Fiction November 2, 2011 The Lottery The Lottery, written in 1948 by Shirley Jackson, is a short story about a small village that holds an annual drawing of the lottery. To most the lottery is perceived as positive if won. In Jackson’s story the winner of the lottery is stoned to death as a sacrifice a good season of crops. The winner of the lottery is more than likely the rest of the village, and the loser being the one who was sacrificed. The Lottery can have multiple themes, but an interesting theme to focus and analyze would be tradition. Old Man Warner, Tessie Hutchinson, and Mr. Summers are characters in this story who express the traditions and customs in The Lottery. Old Man Warner, being given the name old man, is the oldest member of the town. “The Original Paraphernalia for the lottery had been lost long ago, and the black box now resting on the stool had been put into use even before Old Man Warner, the oldest man in town, was born (3)” lets the reader know the Old Man Warner was the eldest, also making it obvious that he also had survived and lived through seventy-seven lotteries. Mr. Warner’s view on tradition was strict and stubborn. He strongly believed in keeping the tradition alive. When he heard that some towns had given up the lottery he was not too pleased with this idea, “Pack of crazy fools,” he said. “Listening to the young folks, nothing’s good enough for them. (7)” was his response. Even during the lottery when the school girls were speaking amongst themselves Mr. Warner stated his feelings on how things were already changing when he said, “It’s not the way it used to be.” “People ain’t the way they used to be (10)”. Mr. Summers is a married man with no children who owns his own coal business. He makes time to volunteer for the community and he is in charge of the town’s annual

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