The Lottery By Shirley Jackson Summary

Improved Essays
The Lottery
On June 27, all villagers get together for the lottery. The lottery usually takes longer in larger villages but in this village where there only 300 population, the lottery takes about two hours. The children of the village just finish school and getting ready for the summer, they start running and collecting small stones and put them in their pockets. The men come next followed by their women gathering together. In addition, there was a man called Mr, Summers who takes a charge for the lottery and also the village because he got a lot of time to work in the village.
Mr, Summers was holding a black box and going to the square and he was followed by another man called Mr, Graves. Moreover, the box is not the same box that they
…show more content…
However, the specific details about the story begin from the first paragraph. Jackson gives us full names of the characters of the story. The full names are Harry Jones,Bobby Martin, and Dickie Delacroix. She even tells us how to pronounce Delacroix. She tells us about the details and specific time which is Jun, 27. She also tells us about the time (10:00 am) and how the temperature is warm. She included a very specific about the village. She described the population of the village and the square and how people gather together and help each other. She also included how long the lottery in the town takes. She described the city as there are green beautiful grass, flowers, and she described the location where the people gather which is between the post office and the bank. She described the tradition of the town and the lottery rules. From all these deep details, it ground the story in …show more content…
She begin writing when she was young at her high school and then she graduated from Syracuse University. She was majoring in English and publishing stories. After she graduated, she was married to a guy names Hyman who was also her old classmate.
After they got married, they moved together from New Hampshire to North Bennington, Vermont. Jackson suffered from panic attacks and anxiety since she was young until she found some relief for her. After that she published a book called "We Have Always Lived in the Castle". In addition, the main characters in the story are Mr, Summers, Tessie Hutchinson, and the Old Man Warner. However, Jackson built suspense in the story as the truth will reveal after the first stone hit Tessie 's head and she wanted to mistake Bill for winning but at the end they found that she was the one who was lying. Finally, the story was a great it was made as a surprising as I thought that Bill was guilty but he wasn 't and Tessie was trying to cheat and put her family members with a black dot so that they know which card they can pick and how the children were throwing their stones at Tessie after they found out she was

Related Documents

  • Improved Essays

    The black box is very symbolic in this story, it is part of the ritual. However it is not the original box as the narrator says “although the villagers had forgotten the ritual and lost the original black box, they still remembered to use stones”. The town is very organized. It is small and everyone knows each other. There were only about three hundred people, the whole lottery took less than two hours, so it could begin at ten o 'clock in the morning and still be through in time to allow the villagers to get home for noon dinner” (Jackson).…

    • 2073 Words
    • 9 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    In the short story The Lottery by Shirley Jackson, villagers of a small town gather together on a beautiful day for the annual town lottery. This lottery requires that all the members of the community draw sheets of paper to determine a “winner”. The person who pulls the card with the black dot is the “winner”. The winner of this lottery ends up being stoned to death by the entire community due to an ancient ritual that says their crops will grow better when someone gets stoned (human sacrifice). The community members do not even remember the purpose of this tradition or where it came from but yet they still participate in it every year.…

    • 810 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Superior Essays

    Summers arrives to the town square with the black wooden box. Mr. Graves, who is following Mr. Summers, is carrying a three-legged stool. The villagers will draw slips of paper from the black box. The old worn looking black box is a tradition that the villagers will not change. The box is falling apart, but no one is willing to replace it.…

    • 1013 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Stoning people is a very violent punishment. Although in “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson it isn’t a punishment it is a community activity. The story The Lottery started on June 27th, which is after school gets out for the summer so all the children are able to attend and participate and so can the teachers and wife’s. It usually took 2 days, but this village was small enough that they were able to get it done in a few hours. In the story everyone in the town gathers for the lottery.…

    • 781 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Great Essays

    Lottery Narrative Story

    • 1601 Words
    • 7 Pages

    The morning of June 27th was clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a full-summer day; the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green. The people of the village began to gather in the square, between the post office and the bank, around ten o'clock; in some towns there were so many people that the lottery took two days and had to be started on June 2th. but in this village, where there were only about three hundred people, the whole lottery took less than two hours, so it could begin at ten o'clock in the morning and still be through in time to allow the villagers to get home for noon dinner. The children assembled first, of course. School was recently over for the summer, and the feeling of liberty sat uneasily on…

    • 1601 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Great Essays
  • Improved Essays

    First symbols are setting and time. This story is taking place in the small village with 300 people. The lottery happened every year on a warm summer day, and villagers gather in a town square to participate in a lottery. It is harvesting time for farmers, and they are busy doing planting and taxes. And children’s summer vacation started; they are busy to pick stones and piles in one corner of the town square (Jackson).…

    • 868 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Symbolism of Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” The short story “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson is about a small town that has a lottery, on June 27th, every year. All the citizens seem excited and amped up for this yearly occasion that Mr. Summers is in charge of. Though as the story progresses and comes to an end, it can be seen that this lottery is not something you want to win. These events of the story closely resemble the actions that took place in Nazi Germany in the 1930s. With the way Mr. Summers and old man Warner run the show and are not in the lottery, how the citizens of the town blindly following this “ritual” to their death, and the early participation of the children can be seen as symbols of Adolf Hitler, the people of Germany, and the Hitler Youth.…

    • 751 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    People soon started to become afraid of people with mental health issues, so asylums were built to care for them. Because of this, 1890 through 1918, private hospitals for mental care were at their peak of popularity. ( Women were considered to be insane for a number of reasons that are considered normal in today’s world like: menstruation-related mood swings, postpartum depression, anxiety, and even disobedience. Although some of these are still considered mental health conditions, there are better treatments for them today. In “The Yellow Wallpaper” the narrator had recently given birth to a child so it is possible that she was experiencing what is now a common disorder in new mothers, postpartum depression.…

    • 1181 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    She only told me within the last month that yes, she had read those poems again and again when she was a child. It did indeed show her that I cared a great deal about what happened to her.” (Snodgrass – Original Confessional Poet Tells All) This is the path Snodgrass took in hopes to find peace with his daughter and earn her love. He also says “Here was this baby that I really cared about and that my wife did not seem to like very well, until she found out that she could use it as a weapon against me in the divorce. And then she got very interested in the child.” Which may be the reason why he declared himself as the child’s “real…

    • 987 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Probably her best work, the Lottery, the story takes place on an small town populated by around 300 people. The villagers of this small town gather on 27 Jun of every year and plays a lottery among themselves. Old Man Warner, one of the key character of the story often states the very same sentences each year when the lottery comes: ‘’ Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon. ‘’ When the time for lottery arrive, everyone in the town meets up in the center of village and children begins to play and gather some stone, adult womans to gossip, mans to decide something crucial, in a great hurry.. In like manner, a mysterious black box wanders every house owner in the town for every year, regulary.…

    • 894 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays