An analysis of tradition in the lottery by shirley jackson

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An analysis of tradition in the lottery by shirley jackson

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The stones that the young boys are collecting and placing in a pile, though this appears to be relatively harmless, they are in fact to be used in the stoning of Tessie Hutchinson at the end of the story.

The children, when they are being called by their mothers, have to be called four or five times. They appear to be reluctant to participate in the lottery. This may be significant as it suggests that the children are aware of what is going to happen the stoning and may be afraid to participate.

The first paragraph of the story is also interesting. Though some readers might feel the information being provided by Jackson is unnecessary or irrelevant in light of what actually happens in the storythe benefit of the information is that it grounds the story.

It gives it a sense of normality. We have the date and Jackson also describes it as being a normal sunny day. This is significant as it again suggests that what is going to occur is normal if not accepted. There is nothing unusual, the reader finds that the lottery is popular, nearly all the villagers are in attendance, Jackson even going as far as to name some of them.

This again suggests that the tradition of the lottery is not only popular but it to also accepted, everybody has turned up. The reader is also aware that Old Man Warner is the oldest person in the village. He also tells Mr Adams that without the lottery, that the village will be eating stewed chickweed and acorns.

If anything Old Man Warner and his blind adherence and acceptance of tradition suggests that he may be the fool rather than those who have decided to stop the tradition of the lottery.

Jackson also uses further symbolism in the story. The black box can be seen to represent tradition. It is an old battered box, with parts of it believed to have come from the original box.

An analysis of tradition in the lottery by shirley jackson

The villagers do not want to change it, they like the tradition of the lottery and wish to keep the box as it is. There is also other symbolism in the story which may be important, the lottery itself and its rules represents an adherence to tradition, of not questioning things.

The lottery also acts as ironic symbolism. It is expected that when someone participates in a lottery, that they win something. This is not the case in the story, the opposite occurs, they lose their life. Also in the case of the Watsons, Mr Watson is not available possibly the winner of the lottery the previous year and rather than his wife picking the piece of paper, it is left to her son Jack to pick the paper for both of them.

It is also interesting that Tessie not only forgot it was the day of the lottery but that she was washing the dishes before she arrived.Course Summary English has been evaluated and recommended for 3 semester hours and may be transferred to over 2, colleges and universities.

The setting of "The Lottery" has all the appearance of being a wholesome small town in rural America. Through imagery and detail, like "the flowers were blooming profusely, and the grass was. Everyone is milling about in this “typical” small town when the lottery finally begins.

According to the narrator of “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, “The lottery was conducted—as were the square dances, the teenage club, the Halloween program—by Mr. Summers, who . The Lottery--Shirley Jackson The black box grew shabbier each year: by now it was no longer completely black but splintered badly along one side to show the original wood .

The original paraphernalia for the lottery had been lost long ago, and the black box now resting on the stool had been put into use even before Old Man Warner, the oldest man in town, was born.

Mr. Summers spoke frequently to the villagers about making a new box, but no one liked to upset even as much tradition as was represented by the black box.

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