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Shirley Jackson's The Lottery

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Paige Levinger

on 3 October 2013

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Transcript of Shirley Jackson's The Lottery

The Lottery
By; Shirley Jackson

Shirley Jackson
Character Analysis
Tessie Hutchinson: - Wife of Bill
- Mother of 3
- Loser of Lottery
Old Man Warner: - Oldest man in village
- This is his 77th Lottery
Mr. Summers: - Conducts the Lottery
- Childless Coal Business Owner
Bill Hutchinson: - Husband of Tessie
- 1st draws marked paper
- 2nd draws blank paper
Mr. Harry Graves: - Postmaster
- helps prepare/assists with Lottery

Grotesque Images

Hunger Games
Modern day "The Lottery"
Choosing certain people who fight for their lives; Lottery is quick death with no fight.
More of a scare tactic to keep from rebellion; Lottery is traditional.
Hunger Games are more afraid to be chosen; Lottery is all for it until they are chosen.
Black box: -tradition itself

Old Man Weaver: - blindly following tradition
- stuck in ways
Gather in town square
Tessie shows up late
Call out role
The men get chosen alphabetically
Unfold the papers
Bill Hutchinson family is chosen
Family chooses papers
Tess gets chosen
Freaks, says its unfair
Then, get stoned to death
Born December 14, 1916 and passed away on August 8, 1965 of unexpected heart failure.
Wrote "The Lottery," "The Haunting of Hill House," "The Road Through the Wall," among other books and short stories.
"The Haunting of Hill House" was regarded by Steven King as one of the most important horror novels of the 20th Century.
Throwing rocks
Tessie Hutchinson
Little Davy even partakes
Bill Hutchinson's indifference
Civilized brutality
Related Works
The Morning of June 28th
"The Lottery" Misinterpreted
Written after
"The Road Through the Wall"
"We have always lived in the castle"
In Conclusion:

"I hoped by setting a particularly brutal ancient right, in the present and in my own village to shock the stories readers with a graphic dramatization of the pointless violence and general inhumanity and in their own lives."
- Shirley Jackson
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