Critical Analysis Of Shirley Jackson's The Lottery

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Register to read the introduction… The village does this ritual every year to ensure good crops. Examine the children and how innocently the author presented them in story just before the ugly truth was revealed. Look at the towns-people who participated in the lottery, and how seemingly a normal activity allows the reader to perceive a more relaxed atmosphere within the story. Examine how the towns-people react at the thought of ending the Lottery. Shirley Jackson leads the reader to an unexpected ending because most of the story up until the plot twist was pretty predictable which is why the ending was so …show more content…
One of the eldest villagers reacted with contempt that other villages have stopped the lottery all together. Old Man Warner feels that the village will take step back into the primitive if everyone felt the same way about abolishing the lottery. He describes the village to north as a pack of ‘crazy fools' and he claims its' trouble to not think of old saying ‘Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon' in reference of the upcoming corn harvest. The author makes it a point to show the conversations going on in the crowd. One of the wives mentions that some places have already quit doing lotteries altogether. The wives of some men are expressing their displeasure with the whole lottery. For example Mrs. Delacroix said to Mrs. Graves, "Seems like there's no time at all between lotteries any more." This statement should let the reader know that something isn't kosher about the lottery.
The Lottery was well written because of the author's ability to hide the brutal truth behind the setting of the story. It starts with the children who are inherently perceived with sense of innocence and the men and women who gather with their children in the town center. The author lets the reader believe these people are innocent bystanders, but instead it's the whole lottery that turns these people into a stone-throwing crowd getting ready to sacrifice someone in order to ensure a plentiful harvest. It shows people in the story believing their traditions some much that they overlook their own

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