The Lottery By Shirley Jackson Essay
Through generations we follow a certain traditions without thought. Where the traditions come from and what they meant originally never come to mind. Those moments we never stop to think about the impact it has. In her short story "The Lottery," Shirley Jackson 's theme of the deadly consequences of refusing to critically examine a long-standing tradition is supported through her use of character, setting, climax, and conflict.
“Jackson was born on December 14, 1919 in San Francisco, California” (Wilson 140). “Jackson wanted to be a writer from an early age” and wrote poetry in her early journals (Wilson 141). She went on to college at Syracuse University and completed her Bachelor of Arts degree (Wilson 141). Jackson married Stanley Edgar Hyman, “a fellow student from Syracuse University who later became an eminent literary critic” (Wilson 141). “In 1945 the couple moved to the village of North Bennington in Vermont, where Jackson lived for the rest of her writing career” (Wilson 141). “It is in North Bennington where she wrote “The Lottery,” and Jackson has admitted that the village served as a model for the setting of the story” (Wilson 141). “On August 8, 1965 Jackson died of heart failure” (Wilson 141).
The theme throughout the lottery is the deadly consequences of refusing to critically examine a long standing tradition. Which is reflected through the villagers and the choices they make. “Although the villagers had forgotten the ritual and lost…