Essay On the Lottery
“The Lottery,” written by Shirley Jackson is a story that takes place in a small town of approximately three hundred residents. Every year on June 27th the townspeoplecongregate in a giant mass in the middle of town, where the lottery takes place. The lottery is a ceremony where all the families throughout the town are represented by a tiny white piece of paper.The family representatives, who are the heads of the household, take turns drawing from a box that contains these three hundred pieces of papers. On one of the pieces of paper there is located a blackdot, marked the previous night by Mr. Summers. This black dot indicates who won the lottery.
This lottery has been around many years and it part of the people in the town. When June comeseveryone is anticipating the lottery. You see how kids fill their pockets with rocks and plans are discussed about making a new box. They can’t wait to attend and finally get it over with. Thisdrawing seems to transform the people. Tension builds before the lottery occurs, but the people are still able to joke with one another, maybe because of the nervousness. Everything gets worse when Mr.Hutchinson has drawn the marked paper. We assume he does because he walks up on to the stage with his family and they are then made to draw again from the worn out black box. Mr. Hutchinson reaches hishand in and grabs out a piece with his children and his wife doing the same after him. The one that holds the winning ticket is Mrs. Hutchinson.
We learn throughout the story that thepower and traditional aspect of the lottery has slowly diminished. For example Mrs. Hutchinson says, ''Clean forgot what day it was.'' The lottery had also been part of other town, but this other townhad begun to end with this tradition. The people of the town believed that the box represented tradition and that they couldn’t end something that had been part of that town without cause. This box is...
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