The Lottery | Study Guide

Shirley Jackson

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the-lottery-shirley-jackson_UPDATEThe Lotteryby the NumbersThe crowd moves as one force, without independent thought.The yearly repetition of the lottery unites the town.Residents mask violence in calm, friendly behavior. ConformityTradition & RitualBanality of EvilMorning Jackson spent writing "The Lottery"1Day in June when the story takes place, to coincide with the day after its publication in The New Yorker 27Supportive reader letters out of a record 300+ The New Yorker received after it published the story13Year Shirley Jackson's children released a collection of her unpublished work2015Jackson's eerie stories and novels, written while she lived in Vermont, explore abnormal psychology and domestic horror. She is best known for "The Lottery" and the outrage that accompanied its publication. The tale established her as a writer of Gothic tales and unsettling novels.SHIRLEY JACKSON1916–65ThemesStonesSymbolize a primal force since ancient timest isn't fair, it isn't right.Tessie HutchinsonBlack BoxRepresents a solemn tradition to which the town clingsOn a warm June day, the families in a small American village gather for an annual ritual. The events that follow are brutal and unexpected for readers, but the villagers participate willingly. In the controversial story "The Lottery," husbands, wives, and children engage in cruelty that reveals the capacity for evil in everyone.A Shocking RitualSYMBOLS AND MAIN CHARACTERSTessie HutchinsonHousewife; winner/victimof the lotteryBill HutchinsonTessie's meek husbandHouseholdsSymbolize family units that determine fates in the lotteryMr. SummersJovial man; conducts the lotteryOld Man WarnerElderly advocate for traditionShirley Jackson1948EnglishShort StoryAuthorYear PublishedOriginal LanguageHorrorThe Lottery