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The Lottery by Shirley Jackson


Sam Kim

on 9 July 2013

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Transcript of The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

The Lottery
Shirley Jackson
1916 - 1965
Famous for "The Lottery" and "The Haunting of Hill House"
One of the most brilliant and influential author of the Twentieth Century
Widely acclaimed for her stories and novels of the supernatural
Plot Summary
Chronological Setting: Sunny day of June (June 27), in the morning (10:00AM)

Geographical Setting: In a small village with about 300 villagers
Tessie Hutchinson: The protagonist who "wins" the lottery and is stoned to death by her fellow villagers. (Dynamic character)
Old Man Warner: The oldest man in the village who believe the " lottery in June, corn be heavy soon". (Static character)
Mr. Summer: The person who conducts the lottery.
Bill Hutchinson: Tessie's husband who picked the 1st draw with a marked paper, but survived in the 2nd draw.
Mr. Harry Graves: The postmaster who prepared the paper for the lottery.
Initial incident
Rising Action #1
Rising action #2
Falling Action
It is a sunny summer time of a village where the people are kind, polite, and happy.
Villagers are gathered to the center of the village as the lottery is about to begin.
The drawing of the lottery starts, and everyone is excited to see the winner for this year.
Bill Hutchinson wins the first draw, and the second draw is held within the Hutchinson family.
The second and the final draw for the year goes to Tessie Hutchinson, and Tessie protests about it.
The townspeople start to throw rocks at Tessie, and she soon dies
People go back to their daily normal life, as if nothing happened, including Tessie's own family members
Point of View
Objective / Dramatic Point of View
Mood / Atmosphere
Tranquil and Peaceful
The day is described as a "clear and sunny, with fresh warmth of a full-summer day; flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green."
Situational Irony
The title "Lottery" sounds like the villagers are going to draw for prize, but instead they draw for death
The sunny day, peaceful mood seems like a happy event would happen, but in reality a deadly, inane tradition takes place
Children are innocently playing with stones, however the stones are later used to kill
Tessie Hutchinson's late arrival sets Tessie apart from the townspeople, as if she is different than others
Mr.Summers says "Thought we were going to have to get on without you" implies the fate Tessie is going to have
Character Foil
Agnes Jeon
Ariel Lee
Casey Jarin
Sam Kim
Tessie Hutchinson vs. Cancer person
Both believe that they will live well until they grow old and die. However, they can't choose their own destiny or stop the misfortune, so they can't believe this bad luck happened on them (e.g. the end of The Lottery Tessie screamed, "It isn't fail, It isn't right).
The Lottery Game
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