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2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. Conference on Imaginative Literature in Burlington, Massachusetts. Look for a summary or analysis of this Story. The children assembled first, of course. Soon the men began to gather, surveying their own children, speaking of planting and rain, tractors and taxes. They stood together, away from the pile of stones in the corner, and their jokes were quiet and they smiled rather than laughed. The women, wearing faded house dresses and sweaters, came shortly after their menfolk. They greeted one another and exchanged bits of gossip as they went to join their husbands. The lottery was conducted—as were the square dances, the teen club, the Halloween program—by Mr. Summers, who had time and energy to devote to civic activities.
He was a round-faced, jovial man and he ran the coal business, and people were sorry for him because he had no children and his wife was a scold. When he arrived in the square, carrying the black wooden box, there was a murmur of conversation among the villagers, and he waved and called. The original paraphernalia for the lottery had been lost long ago, and the black box now resting on the stool had been put into use even before Old Man Warner, the oldest man in town, was born. Summers spoke frequently to the villagers about making a new box, but no one liked to upset even as much tradition as was represented by the black box. This article is about the short story. This article’s lead section does not adequately summarize key points of its contents. The Lottery” is a short story written by Shirley Jackson first published in the June 26, 1948 issue of The New Yorker.
The story describes a fictional small town which observes an annual ritual known as “the lottery”. The Lottery” has been described as “one of the most famous short stories in the history of American literature”. It initially received a negative response, which surprised both Jackson and The New Yorker. Readers cancelled subscriptions and sent hate mail throughout the summer. Details of contemporary small-town American life are embroidered upon a description of an annual ritual known as “the lottery”. In a small village in New England of about 300 residents, the locals are in an excited yet nervous mood on June 27. The lottery preparations start the night before with Mr. Graves making the paper slips and the list of all the families.
Once the slips are finished, they are put into a black box, which is stored overnight in a safe place at the coal company. The story briefly mentions how the ballot box has been stored over the years in various places in the town, including a grocery store shelf, a barn, and in the post office basement. On the morning of the lottery, the townspeople gather close to 10 a. First, the heads of the extended families draw slips until every family has a slip. Bill Hutchinson gets the one slip with a black spot, meaning that his family has been chosen. The final round is for the individual family members within the winning household to draw, no matter their age. Bill’s wife, Tessie, gets the marked slip. After the drawing is over and Tessie is picked, the slips are allowed to fly off into the wind. In keeping with tradition, each villager obtains a stone and begins to surround Tessie.
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