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Katie Davidson Professor Nolan English II 25 August 2009 It Just Isn’t Fair: Roles of Women in “The Lottery” I was not surprised when Tessie Hutchinson was chosen in Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery.” In a small, conventional town, women are expected to assume traditional domestic roles such as staying in the house and taking care of the children. Tessie Hutchinson is unique in that she is the only woman Jackson gives a voice. I barely made it to the second paragraph before noticing obvious divisions between the activities of women and men. For example, as the young boys gather stones, the girls clique together, avoiding activity. The social custom in Tessie’s town is for women to avoid physical, authoritative, and otherwise masculine work.
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Unformatted text preview: Tessie, however, is the exception. She represents what Fritz Oehlschlaeger in Essays in Literature calls the “potentially disruptive force of an awakened female sexuality.” The name Hutchinson is actually a historical allusion to Anne Hutchinson, the spiritual rebel of the early Puritan community. While Tessie is not blatantly going against social niceties, the allusion itself asserts Jackson’s view of the rebellious nature lying within women. When she protests the lottery’s injustice, Bill exclaims, “Shut up,” emphasizing the male domination of women (Jackson 243). The reader learns that when one falls outside the norm, as Tessie does, she must be punished....
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