Shirley Jackson's, " The Lottery" issues a small town's annual lotto drawing and the grim conditions that occur. In this brief but upsettingly, disquietingly, perturbingly profound piece of content, Shirley Jackson communicates to the reader the theme of scapegoatism along using its implications with regards to traditions.
In the village exactly where this lotto takes place, we discover many familiar elements: a post office, a grocery store, educational institutions and a coal my own. In this village, Mr. High seasons owns the coal my own, so his business has made him the wealthiest gentleman in the small town. Mr. High seasons also regulates the total annual lottery. He can somewhat uneasy with his power but provides chosen to carry on with the annual tradition.
The order in which the lottery images take place focuses on who does and who doesn't always have power in the village's cultural hierarchy. Men or working sons attract for their households. The handful of exceptions require death or illness. Only then is actually a wife allowed to attract. It is noticeable that even though everyone sooner or later participates from this drawing (children included), girls are disenfranchised from the town social structure. As the villagers anxiously wait for the lottery to begin, the young young boys rough perform and accumulate piles of stones, while the girls socialize in their sectors, watching the boys.
Agriculture is the main staple of this small town and a fantastic emphasis seems to be placed on the bountifulness of crops. This really is reinforced by Old Man Warner, a long time resident of the community, when he cites the expression, " Lottery in June, hammer toe be weighty soon. " There is shy talk by Mr. and Mrs. Adams of local villages doing away with the lottery, but the idea is quickly abolished when Warner phone calls these fresh thinkers " a pack of crazy fools. " He sarcastically suggests that most likely they would much better off if perhaps they was a victim of living in caverns and consuming " stewed chicken weed and acorns. " In terms of Old Man Warner is concerned, there has always been a lottery.
While Mr. Summers begins to addresses...