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The Lottery

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Steven Lai

on 10 July 2013

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Transcript of The Lottery

a) Very metropolitan with shiny glass commercial buildings
b) Neat houses,green lawns and flowers everywhere
c) Gloomy and cold with gray houses
d) Dusty, dry with paint peeling off the houses
1) Describe how the village looks on the day of the lottery.
b) Neat houses, green lawns and flowers everywhere
2) How many people live in the village?
a) 1,000,000
b) Less than 100
c) Just under a thousand
d) About 300
d) About 300
3) Why are people gathering in the town square?
a) They are voting on whether to discontinue the lottery.
b) It is the annual lottery day
c) The mayor is making a speech
d) There is a band concert in the morning
b) It is the annual lottery day
4) Who conducts the lottery?
a) Old Man Warner
b) Mr. Martin
c) Mr. Summers
d) Bill Hutchinson
c) Mr. Summers
5) Which of the following changes has been made in the way
a) A white box is used instead of a black one
b) Children are no longer required to participate in the lottery
c) A metal box is now used instead of a wooden one
d) Slips of paper are now drawn rather than wood chips
d) Slips of paper are now drawn rather than wood chips
Are you smarter than a fifth grader?
Its trivia time!
6) Who will participate in the ritual?
a) Only the men of the village
b) Only the woman of the village
c) Only the children of the village
d) Everyone
d) everyone
a) Making a huge circle in the town square
b) In double file lines
c) Crowding forward to try to be first to draw
d) Coming together in family groups
7) How do they assemble when it is time to begin the ceremony?
d) Coming together in family groups
#8 What type of story is The Lottery?
a) A drama
b) A history
c) A comedy
d) A satire
d) A satire
9) What is author’s main theme in this short story?
a) The need for change in a community
b) The value of human life
c) The foolishness of blindly following tradition
d) The need for tradition in small towns
c) The foolishness of blindly following tradition
10) How do most of the villagers appear to regard the lottery?
a) They look forward to it
b) They are confused by it
c) They do not like the suspense
d) They hate it
a) They look forward to it
What does the story reveal
about human nature?
The Lottery

This story shows that people may become easily influenced when they are in a group. When a majority of a group has a similar belief many others will also blindly follow despite what the consequences are. It also shows that people are very gullible and superstitious. People are selfish and would do anything that they believe would give them benefits.
What does the lottery mean to the townspeople in the story? Do they all have the same reaction? Do they question their obedience? Why? Why not? Provide Examples
In the story Tessie tried to save her husband from being stoned to death when he drew the paper with the black dot. She got Mr. Summers who was in charge of the lottery to conduct it again; which he did. They drew the lottery again and the second time Tessie had drew the paper with the black dot. When she drew the paper her husband turned on her and did not even try to save her. She was then stoned to death. This is ironic because the person she tried to save was opposing her in the end. Another example of irony in the story is that the people are supposed to follow tradition, but many of the customs are lost. For the lottery instead of using chips of wood the people had changed it to slips of paper. The people no longer perform the full ritual for the lottery where they are supposed to salute. The biggest irony found in the story is that if you win the lottery you will be stoned to death.
Identify examples of
irony in the story.
Man Vs. Society
The irony of the story was when Tessie was the unlucky winner. Before the draw, Tessie was really excited for this event, she would also participate in this event every year. When she got chosen, she immediately had a different opinion on the lottery; thus making it man versus society. It also feels like Shirley Jackson is criticizing tradition and how people are stuck in their ways even if it isn't right. Tessie was a well-known and loved house wife. People showed no remorse when her name was chosen, it was an unfortunate event.
The main themes of this story is violence and the dangers of following tradition. Even if stoning is a very cruel way of torture, the way Shirley wrote the story makes you feel like the village is a strong, civilized community. However, right after Tessie is nominated, everyone turns on her even though she is a well known and loved housewife. This shows how the dark side of tradition, especially when people ignorantly follow it. Nobody in the town questions The Lottery, they just go with it and stone the unlucky winner, year after year.
The stone in the story is use to symbolize undying tradition, since stones were on of the first tools to be used. The use of the stone showed that the people followed the tradition no matter how old it was. The people used the stones as a way to kill the winner of the lottery. The use of stones is primitive and it shows how powerful tradition is. The stone also foreshadows that someone is going to be hit in the story.
In the town the lottery is a tradition that has taken place for a long time: “even before Old Man Warner, the oldest man in town was born” (148). The town people believe that if they do not conduct the lottery they will be eating chickweed and acorn; which is similar to the events that took place in the past. The townspeople appear to follows the rule of the lottery without question. They all take part in this event every year. At the start of the lottery the people gathered and acted very casually. No one appeared to question their obedience; every person from the town showed up and was willing to participate in the event. Tessie did not question the lottery system until her husband was chosen. The other people probably would not question the system unless they were the one who had won the lottery.

What is the symbolic value of the stones?
The significance of choosing a small town as the setting for “The Lottery” was to create a peaceful and pleasant tone at the beginning. It showed how the town was normal and was very similar to any other town. The scene at the beginning is described it as a village with “only about three hundred people” (147). It also appears to be in the summer time. The town is unnamed because it helps build suspense in the story.
June 27th. The way Shirley Jackson described the setting really throws you off with what happens later in the story. "clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a full-summer day; the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green." (p.147)
She later tells us that the population of the village, which is around 300 people. With all the information she gives us, she makes us imagine a nice, calm and warm village without any major conflict or enemy.
Tessie Hutchinson (flat/dynamic character)
She is the the lucky winner of the lottery. She was excited about the lottery and was fully willing to participate every year. However, when her family’s name is drawn, she protests that the lottery isn’t fair.

The Village. Static Character. Society would be considered the antagonist because the society clings to the tradition of The Lottery, and so even though individual people might not want to kill her, they each choose to follow this harsh tradition
Shirley Jackson
Shirley was born in 1916 and died in 1965. She was born in San Francisco, California. She spent her childhood in nearby Burlingame, California. When she was a young teenager she began writing poetry and short stories. Her family moved East and she went to University of Rochester. After a year she withdrew and spent a year at home practicing writing. Then she entered Syracuse University where she published her first story "Janice."
The lottery was written in 1948 the same year when she published her first novel called "The Road through the Wall". The lottery has been published in dozens of different languages and is still a required reading in high school.
Jackson wrote 16 short stories and was working on her 17th story that never got finished when she died. After she died her two kids ended up writing a story about Jackson's unpublished stories.
The lottery was published after World War II. People would say Jackson was crazy, and it came out in her stories.
By Armando Rodriguez, Gabriel Torres, Jewel Remo, Steven Lai
What is the significance of choosing a small town as setting for "The Lottery"? How is it described in the opening paragraph? Why is it unnamed?

A symbol that represents a quality or idea
A story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one.
- The town picks from a black box
*The black is the color for death that is why it is that colour black
- Old man Warner
* was a symbol for warning
- Mr. Graves carries the black box
* The name symblize for a grave you put dead people in
The hidden meaning of the short story is the danger of foolishly following tradition
Connection to the Real World
- the book/movie "The Hunger Games"

- compared to third world countries where governments are different than first world
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