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The Lottery | Study Guide

Shirley Jackson

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The Lottery | Character Analysis


Tessie Hutchinson

Initially jocular and friendly, Mrs. Hutchinson is the only villager to show up late to the lottery, as if she is unconsciously avoiding it. She becomes frightened and angry when she realizes she will be the lottery's victim.

Bill Hutchinson

Mr. Hutchinson appears stoically accepting of his fate. Although he commands authority in the family, he defers to the town's authority in the lottery. Unlike his wife, Mr. Hutchinson is compliant when his name is chosen.

Mr. Summers

Mr. Summers is an outgoing man with a cheerful personality. He is brisk and efficient in conducting the lottery, as if it's just another of the popular events he coordinates. He also takes time to joke with the participants, his neighbors. Old Man Warner finds his joking disrespectful. Though Mr. Summers has authority in the lottery proceedings, he's an object of pity among the townspeople as a childless man with a scolding wife.

Old Man Warner

Old Man Warner is dismayed by the changes he sees around him in the next generation, including rumors of nearby villages giving up the lottery. He associates the lottery with other time-bound traditions that mark a civil society.

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