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Name Symbolism in The Lottery
Transcript of Name Symbolism in The Lottery
Old Man Warner
This name is an
to Anne Hutchinson, a prominent woman in colonial America who has become a symbol for religious protesters.
Anne challenged the religious interpretations of the established Puritan clergy in Massachusetts and was banished from the Massachusetts Bay colony.
Symbol of the past, old age, and unexamined ideas.
When one of Nancy Hutchinson's school mates says, "I hope it's not Nancy." after she selects a paper slip, Old Man Warner replies, " People ain't the way they used to be."
He is implying that this ritual used to be more meaningful and that to be "chosen" was a source of pride and was to be envied.
Middle English origins meaning "ape" or "monkey."
Also a very common name.
The commonality of this name combined with its meaning is Shirley Jackson's way of saying that there is a primordial ape within us all.
French word meaning "of the cross."
True pronunciation: de-la-KWAH.
Villagers' pronunciation: Dellacroy.
Mispronunciation of the name symbolizes the corruption of religion/ritual in this village.
Name Symbolism in
This is the most obvious change in character in the story. Mrs. Delacroix switches from being chatty friends with Tessi Hutchinson to grabbing the largest yet most manageable stone to throw in order to kill her "friend." This furthers the idea of the corruption of religion.