The Lottery By Shirley Jackson Essay

783 Words Dec 5th, 2016 4 Pages
The Golden Rule of Christianity states, that whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them. In a small village described in “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson prevailing a different rules. The annual ritual inhabitants perform is very wild and cruel. They play a lottery at the main square and a “lucky winner” gets a special prize - get stoned to death by the rest of the people. Shirley Jackson develops the character of Tessie Hutchinson to show the contrast between individual in the crowd and its transformation into the crowd’s victim. At first, we see the citizens of the town getting together for the annual event, children are playing around, men are speaking of “planting and rain, tractors and taxes” (305), women are gossiping. Tessie Hutchinson shows up a little bit late hurriedly, everybody seems to like her, when she explains herself “Clean forgot what day it was” (306). She finds her family in a crowd and heads that way, making people laugh by joking about leaving dishes in the sink. Protagonist appears in a good mood, she belongs to the crowd and ready to perform a civic duty. In “Jackson 's The Lottery” Jay A. Yarmove emphasizes that “Good-natured Tessie actually desires to come to the lottery, going so far as to run to it, although the rest of the townspeople are subdued” (244). However, Jackson foreshadowing which family will be picked. There is no connection between Hutchinsons. Not only everybody in a house symbolically leaves to the lottery…

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