Analysis Of ' The Lottery ' By Shirly Jackson Essay

1019 Words Oct 15th, 2014 5 Pages
Barbara’s quote is shown in the story, “The Lottery”, by Shirly Jackson. “The Lottery is about a small village that has a strange custom. Every year, before the harvesting season, they hold a drawing, or a lottery. At the beginning of the story, it seems innocent enough, but as the story goes on, it becomes apparent that the drawing may be a little more sinister than previously believed. In a twist ending, one of the women in the town, who wins the lottery, is the target of a stoning that was the true outcome of winning the lottery. The reason for having the lottery is simply that it is a tradition passed on for generations. It is meant to be a good omen for the impending harvest. Barbara’s idea is shown many times throughout the story. One example of Barbara’s idea is just in the fact that all of the people blindly accept the lottery. No one, except the person who is going to get stoned, questions the lottery, even though everyone knows that it does not work, and no one knows how, or why it got started. “The Lottery” is an extreme example of how accepting others, and in the case of “The Lottery”, ancestors, can lead to disaster. However, the story did show a great example of peoples’ will to blindly accept the people around them. When told that other villages had stopped, the oldest man in the village said, “‘Pack of crazy fools… Listening to the young folks, nothing’s good enough for them… Used to be a saying about ‘Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon [next] thing you…

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