The Lottery By Shirley Jackson Essay

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The Lottery by Shirley Jackson, is a story about an annual lottery taking place in a small town in New England. Every year the lottery is held, where the winner of the random lottery is then stoned to death. This lottery has been a long held tradition in this small town and it is a tradition that everyone must take part in. The man in charge of the lottery drawing, Mr. Summers, call each head of household forward to a black box, where they must select a small piece of paper. After the men have chosen, they are allowed to open the paper and see who is selected. This year, Bill Hutchinson is selected and then the lottery redraws again with just the Hutchinson family members. After each member of the Hutchinson family selects a paper and they reveal them, it is the mother, Tessie who draws the slip of paper with the black dot on it. The villagers then surround her, and the story becomes clear that the prize of the lottery is being stoned to death. By using symbolism, Jackson uses various objects to hide the true meaning of the story.
The objects in the story represent religious and symbolic meanings to this lottery. The black box is used to draw the pieces of paper during the lottery and it is resting on a three-legged stool. The black box can be seen as symbolism as the key between life or death for every person in the town, and it embodies the evil acts that have taken place in the past and the ones to come. The black box is ancient, having been passed on through the…

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