Lotteries In Shirley Jackson's The Lottery

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When it comes to the word "lottery", the first thought that automatically comes to mind is money. Today, lotteries are operated by the state. In Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery", the structure of running a lottery is different. In the short story, a small village of about three-hundred residents, is preparing for the annual lottery, where the winner is bound to get an interesting prize. In the first few opening paragraphs, Jackson writes in a form in which the reader views as a nice summer day. School is out, the young children are playing amongst each other, the boys are out gathering stones and doing normal activities a boy would do, and the girls are clustered together looking at the boys and gossiping. The men would converse amongst their…show more content…
Unlike todays' lotteries, there is another drawing for who, out of the Hutchinson's, gets the final winning slip. As the family steps up to the drawing box, and as nervous as can be, Tessie, Davy, Nancy, and Bill Jr. (Mr. and Mrs. Hutchinson's children) draw their slips, leaving Bill to draw last. The children look at their slips, Davy's is viewed for him because he is too young, but Nancy and Bill Jr. change the views of how the lottery is seen. Both opened and viewed their slips at the same time. They beamed and laughed in excitement or joy, but they did not win anything. This is particularly strange, but the parents have yet to view their slips. Bill views his slip and then he is forced to view Tessie's. The moment of truth is here. She has the winning slip. She won. Tessie receives a prize from everyone. She is denying the fact that she has the winning slip. And now, at the center of a cleared space, Tessie is desperately yelling "It isn't fair" (428) while the village encircles her with stones ready. Next, someone does the honors of delivering the first stone, impacting Tessie on the side of her head. At this point everyone has commenced in stoning her to death. Her friend, Mrs. Delacroix, the woman who she was talking to when she arrived at the square, had chosen a big stone to throw at her. Even he young child, Davy, is given pebbles to throw at his mother. This is certainly not the kind of lottery that takes place today. This is a death lottery. When an individual goes out and buy a lottery ticket, there is not much to lose. But in this lottery, the most someone can lose is a
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