Symbolism And Symbolism In The Lottery
What the christians went through is also what Tessie went through. That is how stoning in “The Lottery” symbolizes biblical attributes.
In order to know who to stone you have to have the white slips of paper. The white slips of paper then have the destiny to decide who has won the lottery; the “white slips of paper symbolize equality among the villagers.” (As quoted by Lentz) The white slips of paper symbolize equality because everyone has the same chance of picking the paper that has the black dot. No one in the village knows what piece of paper contains the dot so therefore it is equal.
The families in “The Lottery” are very unloyal. They go against one another for the sake of the tradition. At first when Bill Hutchinson received the paper with the dot Tessie soon began to shout how unfair the system was. She tried to get her husband and family out of the situation that someone will end up being sacrificed. On another hand, when they drew again and it was now Tessie who received the black dot, and her husband had nothing to say. In fact, he actually forced the paper out of her hand to show that she got it. Even her youngest son, Davy, was handed a stone to throw at her. “Betrayers.” Stated Michael J. Cummings. (Symbols and Portentous