Shirley Jackson’s, “The Lottery game” concerns a small town’s yearly lotto drawing and the grim scenarios that take place. In this brief but disturbingly profound piece of work, Shirley Jackson interacts to the reader the style of scapegoatism along with its implications concerning customs.
In the town where this lotto occurs, we discover many familiar aspects: a post office, a supermarket, schools and a coal mine. In this town, Mr. Summers owns the coal mine, so his company has actually made him the most affluent male in the town.
Mr. Summers likewise manages the annual lotto. He is somewhat unpleasant with his authority however has actually chosen to carry on with the yearly custom.
The order in which the lottery drawings occur highlights who does and who doesn’t have power in the village’s social hierarchy. Guy or working kids draw for their households. The few exceptions include death or health problem. Only then is a partner allowed to draw. It appears that although everybody ultimately takes part in this illustration (children included), females are disenfranchised from the town social structure. As the villagers anxiously wait for the lottery game to begin, the young kids rough play and gather piles of stones, while the girls socialize in their circles, seeing the boys.
Farming is the primary staple of this village and a terrific focus appears to be put on the bountifulness of crops. This is enhanced by Old Male Warner, a long time citizen of the town, when he mentions the expression, “Lottery in June, corn be heavy quickly.” There is timid talk by Mr. and Mrs. Adams of close-by villages doing away with the lottery, however the notion is quickly eliminated when Warner calls these brand-new thinkers “a pack of crazy fools.” He sardonically suggests that maybe they would be better off if they succumbed to living in caves and eating “stewed chicken weed and acorns.” As far as Old Male Warner is worried, there has always been a lottery game.
As Mr. Summers starts to attend to the town event, Mrs. Hutchinson shows up late, fast joining her spouse and family. She claims to have nearly forgotten what day it was. As soon as the drawing commences, Mrs. Hutchinson rushes her husband on when his turn pertains to draw with the remark, “Get up there, Costs.” The reader thinks that Mrs. Hutchinson holds little respect for either Mr. Summers or the lottery game.
The last round of the lottery game concludes with Mrs. Hutchinson drawing the slip with the feared “black area.” As the town and her own member of the family move in on her with stones, she sobs out a number of times, “It isn’t reasonable, it isn’t right.” Her sobs go unheard and we are uneasily delegated hope that the villagers were swift with their proceedings.
In this story, Shirley Jackson illustrates how customs are given to our kids, who tend to do what they are told without asking or understanding why. By the time we are mature enough to question morality, as long as it “isn’t reasonable” or “it isn’t best” to us, we are more going to accept the condition of our environments rather than promote modification.