The Lottery Essays

  • Lottery Summary

    488 Words  | 2 Pages

    Mr. Summers calls the head of the household form each family forward to a black wooden box, and they select a slip of paper. Once the men have chosen a slip of paper, Mr. Summers allows each family to open the paper and see who has been selected. Bill Hutchinson has “got it.” Tessie argues that it wasn’t fair because Bill didn’t have enough time to select a paper. Mr. Summers asks whether there are any other households in the Hutchinson family, and Bill says no, because his married daughter draws with her husband’s family. Mr. Summers asks how many kids Bill has, and he answers that he has three.

  • The Hunger Games vs the Lottery

    569 Words  | 3 Pages

    The town gathers and cards are selected out of a black box and distributed to the male members of the family. One of those cards has a black dot on it. All the family members open their cards at the same time and the family that receives the card with the black dot has to pick someone in their family. The town proceeds to stone the person to death. The other similarities in both The Lottery and The Hunger Games are that both have people who do not have to participate.

  • Symbolism in the Lottery

    592 Words  | 3 Pages

    Kathie Daniels 9/28/2014 Symbolism in “The Lottery” Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” is a short story about an annual lottery that is held, in which one person has been randomly chosen to be stoned to death by the people in the village. The purpose of this lottery is to ensure that there is enough rain to have a good crop the following June. The people in the town have been holding this annual lottery for over seventy years. If the town does not hold this lottery, they believe that they will regress into hard times. By using symbolism, Jackson uses names, objects, and the setting to conceal the true meaning and intention of the lottery.

  • Irony in the Lottery

    1011 Words  | 5 Pages

    The story is an ironic representation, through examples in setting and characterization, of darkness as opposed to light. The Lottery The Lottery is a 1948 story written by Shirley Jackson and published in The New Yorker. The story begins in a village town where everyone gathers for the lottery drawing. There are greetings, niceties, and reminders of traditions that have been in place for 77 years in the town. In a very short story, the reader gains knowledge about the citizens and the true meaning of the lottery and what the slips of paper mean that are contained in the black box.

  • "The Lottery" Broken Into Parts

    788 Words  | 4 Pages

    How ironic Mr. Summer who prepares the slips of paper for the lottery including assigning one of the slips a black dot should have such a sunny name. Mr. Graves assists Mr. Summers in making up the slips of paper and putting them in the box (263) that will ultimately condemn someone to death. Old Man Warner who warns the people of his town not to change stating, “There’s always been a lottery” (266). Tessie Hutchinson arrives late to lottery causing a commotion from the start. She claims that

  • "The Lottery" Character Analysis, Mrs. Hutchinson

    543 Words  | 3 Pages

    In Shirley Jackson’s short story “The Lottery,” there is a yearly drawing in which a person of the village gets stoned to death, sacrificially, in order to receive better crops. The stoning is known as a ceremony to the people of the village. Once everyone has gathered in the town square, the head of the families choose a piece of paper. Whoever gets the paper that has a black dot on it means someone from that family will be picked to stoned. They then have only that family draw.

  • The Lottery: Shirly Jackson

    467 Words  | 2 Pages

    For the annual lottery, the awful scene is arranged by the children of the village who collect stones to through on the ill-fated women on June 27. When the stones have been heaped up, the elders of the families draw the lottery, i.e. the draw of names on hidden pieces of paper. Hutchinson family is chosen in the lottery. .

  • Tessie Hutchinson Essay

    1789 Words  | 8 Pages

    Shirley Jackson’s short story, “The Lottery,” takes place at some point during the small-village days of Midwestern America. The story begins with the citizens of the village gathering to take part in what is exposed as an annual “lottery,” that the whole community must take part in. The town’s smallest boys form a large pile of rocks in the corner of the village square and run around playing like typical little boys. As the story progresses, the reader soon comes to the conclusion that there is something not quite right, something corrupted in the town’s code of conduct. This is confirmed when, in the end, a woman draws a marked slip of paper from the ancient ballot box and is quickly stoned to death by everyone in town, even her own children.

  • Conflict of "The Lottery"

    1062 Words  | 5 Pages

    Tessie Hutchinson had forgotten that the lottery was being held that day and arrived late and joined her family in the front. The townspeople humouredly welcomed her into the lottery. The lottery had begun and Mr. Summers addressed the crowd "Now, I'll read the names--heads of families first--and the men come up and take a paper out of the box. Keep the paper folded in your hand without looking at it until everyone has had a turn. Everything clear?"

  • Shirley Jacksons "The Lottery"

    723 Words  | 3 Pages

    As Mr. Summers reads off an alphabetical list of names, the heads of each household come forward to select a folded slip of paper from an old black wooden box. Bill Hutchinson draws the paper with the black mark on it, and people immediately begin speculating about which Hutchinson will actually "win" the drawing. Each member of Bill's family then draws a slip from the box. Tessie selects the paper with the black mark on it, and she vigorously protests the unfairness of the drawing. The

  • Brainwashing the Innocent

    842 Words  | 4 Pages

    In Jackson’s “The Lottery”, she tells a story about a close-knit community of hard-working families that gather every year for a lottery. She sets the scene to where it’s a pleasant town filled with the usual gossip and usual norms any society would have, and also giving it the innocent vibe to it. Small children playing in the square, collecting rocks and running around before their parents yell for them to come home. (24) All is well in the small little town until Mr. Summers, the owner of the coal business, comes with the ominous black box. From that point, the whole story revolves around the lottery.

  • The Lottery-Shirley Jackson

    1454 Words  | 6 Pages

    Initially, in “The Lottery” it is their tradition for the villagers of a small town to gather together for the town lottery where every family draws a slip of paper from a black box. The first to gather together for this event are the men, then the women follow, and finally the children. The men (being first to gather) is a reflection on society and how men in general are always first. Furthermore, the person in charge of the lottery attends with a black box in hand. This black box contains slips of paper inside for each man of the household to draw.

  • A Lottery Best Not Won

    827 Words  | 4 Pages

    The adults call out for their children when Mr. Summers, the lottery official arrives in the town square where all the villagers have gathered. He carries with him the first of the major symbol Jackson employs in her story, the black lottery box. The black box is foreboding and indicative of doom. The reader does not know until the very end of the story that the lottery doles out death and sacrifice, but the box itself reveals hints of its true purpose. The box is old, decaying and not the original box used in the lottery ritual, “The black box grew shabbier each year; by now it was no longer completely black but splintered badly along one side to show the original wood color, and in some places faded or stained” (par.

  • The Lottery - Symbolism

    553 Words  | 3 Pages

    Joey Michno The Lottery – Symbolism “The Lottery,” written by Shirley Jackson is a short story about a death-dealing lottery. The story takes place in a small town, where average citizens reveal their true colours when they participate in an annual lottery. A highly unorthodox lottery where the people are awarded with a “death by stoning.” The main symbolic characters, Tessie, Old Man Warner, and the young children of the town symbolize specific characteristics of society. Well known in town, the middle aged house wife, Tessie Hutchinson, is a very friendly person around her neighbors. When she arrives late to the annual gathering, she brushes off Mr. Summers’ remark of her lateness in a joking manner.

  • The Lottery Essay

    313 Words  | 2 Pages

    Setting in “The Lottery” “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson is a short story that took place in a small town. The entire town gathered for the lottery on the morning of June 27th. Inside a black box were many slips of paper; most blank except one that had a dreaded black spot on it. Towards the beginning of the story, the emotional setting was fairly calm. Later, as the husband in every family drew a slip of paper, the environment gradually collected more tension, then relief when the families discovered they were safe.

  • The Lottery Analysis

    1037 Words  | 5 Pages

    Brianna Burgess Mrs. Packard College Comp. 10/2/2011 ~Literary Analysis of The Lottery~ Shirley Jackson’s 1948 story The Lottery, is one of the most famous short stories in the history of American Literature. The story takes place in a small village, where the people are close and tradition is paramount. Every year an even takes place called the lottery. One person is chosen, by a random drawing from a black box, to be violently beaten, with stones, by friends and family.

  • English Essay

    331 Words  | 2 Pages

    A. Tessie Hutchinson, a wife and mother living in a small village of 300 people steeped in tradition. B. Sanger Rainsford, and educated gentleman is thrust into a situation where a wealthy man General Zaroff somewhat sadistic man, finds him shaded on his island, and hunt him for fun. II. Settings A. Tessie has lived her whole life in a small village where traditionally, a lottery drawn once a year. The lottery winner loses his or her life through being stoned by the remaining villagers.

  • Utopia Essay

    1021 Words  | 5 Pages

    The narrator in “The Lottery” tells of a day in a village where the villagers gather to participate in the lottery. As the drawling of names undergo- the reader is still unknown of what the lottery truly is. When the reader finds out who was chosen, we find out that the person drawn is to be stoned to death. One of the main contrasting aspects of these two short stories is the way the narrator tells about the characters in the stories. The main similarities of the two short stories are: the theme, the tragic overturn, and the mood of the stories.

  • Lottery and Sidewalk Bleeding

    547 Words  | 3 Pages

    In “The Lottery” Mrs. Hutchinson” was stoned to death by the town people. Andy was killed during a raining night after he left the dance to go but cigarettes. Mrs. Hutchinson was killed during a summer morning around ten O’clock. The gang uses a knife to stab Andy, and the town people use smooth round stones. In “The Lottery” they pull slips of paper to find out will be the lucky person that is going to be stoned to death.

  • Analyzation of "The Lottery"

    989 Words  | 4 Pages

    The short story begins on a warm day in late June, the people of a small unnamed village gather in the town square to participate in a traditional lottery run by Mr. Summers, a powerful business owner in the village. The village children arrive first and begin collecting stones until their parents call them to order, Jackson does not state what the stones are for. After everyone has arrived, Mr. Summers calls each head of the household, the patriarch or eldest son, forward to a black wooden box to select a slip of paper. After all the men have chosen, Mr. Summers allows everyone to open the paper, revealing that Bill Hutchinson has been selected. His wife, Tess Hutchinson begins to protest, insinuating that the lottery is not a positive thing.