The Lottery By Shirley Jackson Essay

762 Words Nov 28th, 2016 4 Pages
Imagine this: an entire town gathers around a black box; the box is then used to perform a lottery, which decides the death of a different individual every year. Although this does not seem morally correct, in the short story “The Lottery” written by Shirley Jackson, a small community holds an annual lottery; in preparation, the boys in town gather stones, the residents gather at the center of the town, and Mr. Summers brought out the black box, all as per tradition. During this lottery, each head of the households within the town goes up one by one to the black box to draw out a slip of paper. The person who drew the marked paper, Bill Hutchinson, was the one whose household had to draw from the black box, which was emptied until there were just enough slips for his entire family. Each person within the family drew a slip from the black box, and then checked to see who had the marked slip; Tessie Hutchinson drew the slip, who was then stoned to death by the townsfolk for “winning” the lottery. This short story of old tradition and prejudice contains parallels to a part of history that must be learned from – World War II.
The comparison between “The Lottery” and World War II seem arbitrary until the reader takes a closer look at the publish date of the original story, which was approximately three years after the end of World War II. If the reader takes this fact into account, the parallels between the story and the war become easier to discern and are surprisingly evident.…

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