Shirley Jackson 's The Lottery Essay

858 Words Dec 6th, 2016 4 Pages
Shirley Jackson’s short story The Lottery takes its readers down the slippery slope of an uncivilized society. Taking place in the 1900’s, a non-descript village continues to practice it’s established customs for the sake of preserving tradition. Every member of the village must attend the lottery, and every person must draw their ticket. Through Shirley Jackson’s work, the story is revealed through the eyes of Tess Hutchinson, a housewife living in the village. Readers will find out if Tess prevails against all odds, or if her luck has abandoned her in The Lottery. At the beginning of the story, it seems to be a happy day in the village. “The morning of June 27th was clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a full-summer day; the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green” ( 1 ). However, the tone of the story shifts once Tess Hutchinson draws her ticket. “[ She ] was in the center of a cleared space by now, and she held her hands out desperately as the villagers moved in on her. "It isn 't fair," she said. A stone hit her on the side of the head” ( 7 ). What once was a cheerful mood quickly changes to a more darker theme. The story conclude with: “‘It isn 't fair, it isn 't right,’” Mrs. Hutchinson screamed, and then they were upon her” ( 7 ). The Lottery engages its readers and then surprises them with a twist they never expected. Diana confesses: “It only took reading a couple of paragraphs before I got an ominous feeling about the whole…

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