The lottery is usually connected with beating the odds and winning something extravagant. In Shirley Jackson’s short story “The Lotto”, the reader is led to believe the story is about something joyful and happy provided the setting of a warm summer season day and kids out of school for the summer season. Jackson turns winning the lotto into a bad thing.
Of 300 villagers Tessie Hutchinson shows up late, claiming she forgot the yearly lottery game drawing, but seems extremely excited to have made it on time. When Tessie remained in no threat she is gossiping with next-door neighbors and encourages her partner to draw for the winner.
Jackson strangely enough builds up the character of Tessie so that it appears she is blinded by tradition up until she becomes a victim of it herself. Mrs. Hutchinson is introduced in the story as being late for the drawing of the lotto and declares that she “‘tidy forgot what day it was'” (Jackson 206). After reading the story and understanding the outcome, it appears ironic that someone might genuinely forget something that is so horrible. It’s almost as if Tessie was fearing this day all along. Why else would she have claimed to forget something so essential to the town?
Maybe Tessie was excessively thrilled to get in on the action just to act as if it were no big deal. The Author likewise describes her as coming “fast along the path to the square …” (Jackson 206). Was this due to the fact that she had genuinely forgotten and didn’t want to be late, or because she could not wait for the lottery to start? Initially Mrs. Hutchinson exists as a character who when she gets here, she calmly speaks to the other women and makes a joke to her hubby by saying “‘Wouldn’t have me leave m’meals in the sink, now, would you, Joe'” (Jackson 206).
When It comes time for Tessie’s spouse Costs to draw she hurries him by informing him to “‘get up there'”( Jackson 208). Tessie feels as if she remains in no risk. This conduct makes her seem anxious about the illustration so the stoning can begin and positive that their slip will not have the feared black dot on it. Tessie’s mindset modifications when her passion to see the lottery game through is put to an abrupt stop when she realizes her family has been picked. She utilizes Mr. Summers as a scapegoat and shouts “‘You didn’t provide him sufficient time to take any paper he wanted.
I saw you. It wasn’t fair ‘” (Jackson 208). Throughout the illustration of the names, Tessie seemed to be great with the truth that somebody was going to pass away up until it the awareness embeded in that it may be her. Prior to a drawing is held to choose who wins, Tessie tries to make Mr. Summers include her daughter, “‘There’s Don and Eva, make them take their chance! ‘” (Jackson 209). This shows how callous and reckless Tessie is. She understands that her child was already entered in the drawing under her spouse’s name.
Having her daughter get in would just offer her more of a possibility to live. After Tessie is chosen as the winner she demands that the drawing was done unfairly which her other half was rushed. What’s ironic about that is she is the one who hurried Expense to draw. Jackson utilizes the hypocrisy of Tessie’s actions to reveal this. Tessie’s victimization at the hands of the towns people enables her to be a semi-symbolic character, which will lose her life due to a cruel death by stoning.
They did this all for the sake that there may be a worthwhile crop for the coming harvest season. Surprisingly, even Tessie’s closest friend was discussed as finding a stone so huge that she had to lift it with both hands. Mrs. Hutchison was tardy to the most significant event of the year. She desperately hoped that she would not win. Although nobody ought to need to suffer such ruthlessness, her grumbling after being chosen upset everyone and tends to make the reader feel that she is worthy of the death that she was awarded.