A Review of Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery

A lottery is a type of gambling in which participants pay a small amount for the chance to win a much larger sum. The money raised by a lottery is often used for public projects. For example, it might be used to fund a construction project, or the winnings could be used to purchase school supplies. Lotteries have been around for hundreds of years, and are still popular today. In the United States, there are many different types of lotteries, from state-sponsored games to scratch-off tickets.

Shirley Jackson’s short story The Lottery is a tale about communal violence and individual vulnerability. It explores the perils of blindly following tradition and how easily people can be manipulated by those with power.

The plot of The Lottery centers on an annual village ritual that involves a drawing of lots. The villagers believe that the lottery is an effective way to ensure the annual harvest’s success. One of the villagers quotes a local proverb: “Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon.” In fact, the lottery is nothing more than a ritual meant to appease the gods and encourage crop growth.

Despite the ritual’s obvious absurdity, most of the villagers continue to participate in it. They are all compelled by the belief that it will improve their lives, and they are also heavily influenced by the local Old Man Warner. He is a conservative force in the community that pushes for tradition and believes that human sacrifice will result in better crops.