Essay on Shirley Jackson 's The Lottery

1971 Words Nov 30th, 2015 8 Pages
If someone were to mention winning the lottery, more often than not, one would have vivid pictures of their dream mansion sitting on the lake or of that beautiful mustang pulling out of the garage. In modern day 's standards, winning the lottery is something to be ecstatic about, but this is not the case in Shirley Jackson 's shot story "The Lottery." The story follows a small town, which is currently having their annual lottery. Until the conclusion of the story the reader isn 't entirely sure what the townspeople are drawing for, but the reader can pick up on the tension and the fear the townspeople have. After all the names are drawn the short story ends with Tessie being stoned to death. This makes the reader have several questions such as: Why is the town doing this? Who started this tradition? What purpose does stoning an innocent person serve? All of these questions can be answered by looking at the themes of the story: traditionalism versus modernism, change, and blind obedience. Shirley Jackson is a distinguished writer, but one does not reach this point in their life just by luck. Jackson was born in 1919 in San Francisco, California. She began writing as a young adolescent, and she continued to write throughout her life. Her education began in Brighton High School where she went on to graduate in 1934. Afterwards, she attended the University of Rochester, but due to some personal health concerns, she transferred to Syracuse University, where she graduated with…

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