Critical Analysis Of “The Lottery”

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“The Lottery,” written by Shirley Jackson takes place on the twenty-seventh of June in a small town in the United States. The beginning of the story starts off talking about the local children gathering around and the town square where the lottery is held. At the square, the little boys begin to gather stones from small to large ones and pile them up. The next people to show up at the village square are the husbands as they are discussing daily life amongst each other, then finally, the wives begin the arrive as they talk all about the towns biggest gossips. Unlike other towns that participate in the lottery, where it can take a couple of days to complete, this small town can do it in just a ...view middle of the document...

She says that he was rushed to grab a piece of paper. Even though she is arguing that it wasn’t fair, the lottery continued. One by one, Bill’s family draws pieces of paper from the black box. All of the members of the family except Tessie opened their papers and they were blank, this meant that she has the winning piece of paper. To reward the winner, members of the town including the Hutchinson’s, began to grab the stones that the little boys collected and corner Tessie against a wall. At this point that ends the story, Tessie is stoned to death. “Although Tessie vainly appeals to a higher law of fairness and right, the story world has no moral rules, for the lottery has rendered them meaningless.”(Gibson)
“The Lottery,” tells the story about members of a town that take part in a sickening ritual that shows no purpose. They are following a tradition like it is an ok tradition to take part in. “Most of the villagers are faceless, nameless onlookers who seem to participate in the annual ritual in a somewhat robotized trance. They smile but do not laugh. They do not question the authority and tradition of these executions that has convinced them that what they are doing is somehow in their best interest.” (Shields) Children are raised to be numb to the fact that they are killing a member of their town for no reason. It did not matter if the winner of the lottery was a man, woman, or a child, they were going to be killed. “If the villagers stopped to question it, they would be forced to ask themselves why they are committing a murder—but no one stops to question. For them, the fact that this is tradition is reason enough and gives them all the justification they need.” (SparkNotes)
Even if the lottery for some reason was an ok tradition to hold ever year, they are killing members of their town without any reason. It is not like they have committed a crime and...

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