An Analysis Of Shirley Jackson 's ' The Lottery ' Essay

751 Words Sep 29th, 2016 4 Pages
I am at odds with this piece of writing. I read it in high school and my opinion has not changed. It is a really good piece but I hate the meaning and what is going on. However, Shirley Jackson does a good job at suspense and keeping the reader in the dark about what really happens at the end of the story. The lottery held, in which one person is to be randomly chose to be stoned to death by the people of the village. This has been practiced for over seventy years by the towns people. They are so willing to keep this tradition going, even though it is cruel and inhumane, and some are starting to realize this. Yet, reason that the lottery exists is never explained in the story. Tradition is one of the themes of this story. Specifically, it is commenting on those things that people do simply because that is what has always been done. Some include simple and harmless traditions such as an Easter egg hunt and Christmas trees. Others are far more harmful traditions such as racism, sexism, and even war. Even in this very dark story though, the author does hold out some hope. There are people in other villages who have abandoned the lottery, but some of the older town members are persistent at keeping the lottery going. At one point in the story, two men are discussing a town that has stopped performing the lottery. The older of the two men says “Next thing you know, they 'll be wanting to go back to living in caves." This idea of being uncivilized because they will not…

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