The Haunting Of Hill House, And The Lottery, By Shirley Jackson

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Shirley Jackson is recognized by her stories and novels of Gothic horror. She was born in San Francisco, California on December the 14, 1916. Passion towards writing is something she possessed since her early teenage years; during her time at the University of Rochester and Syracuse, Jackson took part in editing the campus literacy magazine among other things. After, Jackson graduates from the University, she started to write short stories for The New Yorker. In The New Yorker, she wrote short stories such as “Life among the Savages,” “The Haunting of Hill House,” “The Haunting of Hill House” and “The Lottery” which was one of the most controversial short stories where many people send letters of their reaction. “The Lottery”, the story unfolds…show more content…
Jackson mentions, “Because so much of the ritual had been forgotten or discarded, Mr. Summers had been successful in having slips of paper substituted…” (Jackson 244). As the audience reads…show more content…
Why the readers saw the story as an explicable or arcane, this is because the people from the village were so cruel to stone someone that did not do anything wrong just for their own benefit. In that story people do not even care if their children were the selected person, they just follow the traditions. These traditions had been forgotten by the village as the time goes on. Jackson states, “There had been, also, a ritual salute, which the official of the lottery had had to use in addressing each person who came up to draw from the box, but this also had changed with time, until now it was felt necessary only for the official to speak to each person approaching” (Jackson 244). So people from this village are only following traditions from their ancestors, which at the same time it makes them ignorant because how can they throw stones to a person until they kill him or

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