The up, make our voices be heard.

The Lottery by Shirley Jackson was written in 1948. The story took place in a village a town on June 27th. The author doesn’t use a lot of emotion in the writing to show how dark and savage horrific event are going on . This story is about a town that has a lottery once a year to choose who should be sacrificed, so that the town will have a rich and profitable year for growing crops. Jackson has many messages about human nature in this short story. The most important message she conveys is how cruel and violent people can be to one another, that we must speak up, make our voices be heard. Another important message in the story is old traditions can have a lot of influence on people that they are unwilling to change for the better that it takes over people. The lottery uses the black box as a symbolization that people will follow meaningless traditions.

The story begins when some children were gathering stones the children were looking for the best stones the sharp ones, the author Shirley Jackson did a good job foreshadowing in the beginning we were all surprised we all didn’t know the stones had something to do with the lottery. The lottery works like this each family in the town take turns picking a lottery whichever lottery gets a black dot on the lottery the family has to be sacrificed .No one stands up and says how horrible this act is. Jackson demonstrates how people everywhere can do these horrible things to others and everyone just think of it as ordinary. Another message that Jackson illustrates is the blind eye turned to what is going on how inhuman, event was taking place yet nobody in the town spoke up because it simply a tradition they were all been followers. All the members of the community participate in this horrible act because it is a tradition that has been going on for ages. The people believe that if it is a tradition it then the lottery must not be a bad thing. When Old Man Warner heard that some communities had stopped the lottery he called them a “pack of crazy fools.” He said, “There’s always been a lottery.”(247) Jackson shows how a tradition can be so brutal yet everyone will go with it because is a tradition, to go against tradition would be to go against the community, so no one is willing to do that. Jackson shows the long running tradition when the black box that is used to hold the slips of paper never changes. It shows the unwillingness for change in the community. A small message that Jackson bring up is the idea that men treat women in our society unfairly in their society. In the story the men always draw from the box for the families. Jackson proves how men treat the women like objects when Tessie, the women who in the end gets stoned, questions the fact that the drawing wasn’t fair and her husband just told her to shut up. Bill hutchison was embarrassed by Tessie protest because he does not want to upset the tradition of the lottery.

Another symbolization is, Ms Tessie Hutchinson symbolizes people in our society or just people in general who never speaks up, who never questions injustice until it affects them personally.

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