"The Lottery" is set in a small village on a clear summer day.

So, the question stands, is the lottery really a family friendly tradition in the village....

Can we get happiness from winning the lottery.

Because it does not evaluate or explain the savage events of the story, the objective, detached point of view used in "The Lottery" forces readers to ask the question, "why do people often get stuck on outdated traditions in spite of not only negative, but tragic consequences?" Shirley Jackson sets the savage ritual events of her story in a bland, unremarkable setting, suggesting that this disturbing scenario...

Once a year the villagers gather together in the central square for the lottery.

There are more questions to be considered concerning to the lottery.

Indeed, the symbolic meanings of many of the people and things placed throughout the narrative depict certain attitudes and beliefs about Christianity and its religious system....

Usually, the winner of the lottery gains a lot of recognition for the money they win.

Shirley Jackson’s story The Lottery might imply a similar conception based on the title alone, but the story is filled with unknowns never revealing exactly when and where the story takes place, or why the lottery exists; even what the lottery is isn’t revealed until the very end.

In 1948, Shirley Jackson published this short story known as “The Lottery,” in The New York Times.


Unlike the "typical" lottery, this is not one you would want to win.

In this interview Shirley explained why she wrote the short story in the following excerpt ; " I hoped, by setting a particularly brutal ancient rite in the present and in my own village to shock the story's readers with a graphic dramatization of the pointless violence and general inhumanity in their own lives " (Oppenheimer 1988...

In the article, “Jackson’s The Lottery,” the author A.R.

Shirley Jackson uses a large array of techniques to help convey the idea that recklessly following and accepting traditions and orders can lead to disastrous consequences....

Jackson has many messages about human nature in this short story....

While the opening is deceptively cheery and light Jackson uses an array of symbols and ominous syntax to help create the apprehensive and grim tone the story ends with.

The plot as a whole in “The Lottery” is filled with ironic twists....

Jackson starts by describing the day and how beautiful it is “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” (1)....

The story starts off on a beautiful summer day in a small town.

Once one takes a closer look, the reader can observe that Jackson uses biblical allusions in her short story to create many references to different stories and facts in the Bible: such as sin, Jesus saving Mary, Jesus dying on the cross, and more....

Ritual Murder in The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson

When the children leave school for the summer, with the boys gathering stones and the girls talking aside them, the reader is comforted by the light-hearted atmosphere of the village....