Analysis Of ' The Lottery ' By Shirley Jackson Essay

979 Words Nov 15th, 2016 4 Pages
People try really hard not to be the outcast in certain groups. Outcasts in society are considered weird, are excluded from events and groups, and people simply treat them differently. What if, though, being the outcast meant life or death? By the end of the “The Lottery”, written by Shirley Jackson, the local free spirit Tessie Hutchinson is the “lucky winner” who learns what this lesson and is subsequently stoned to death for the annual ritual that the town performs. It can be assumed that Jackson was purposefully trying to make social commentary for her time during the late 1940s, where traditional households were enforced and certain people were expected to do certain things. In a way, Jackson used Tessie’s free spirited character and her fate at the end as an allusion to the dangers of going against societal norms in a largely traditional society. At first glance, “The Lottery” simply tells a story of a misguided town who blindly follows a clearly outdated tradition. However, Jackson was also writing about modern day society as well, mainly of the late 1940s, when the story was written. he was illustrating how humans have a tendency to follow the past’s traditions regardless of how immoral or outdated they may be as well as the dangers it poses for those who do not. One of the ways she illustrates this idea is through the very dry narration throughout the story from beginning to end. For example, like how the people were behaving right before the lottery was…

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