Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery game” portrays a village in which the citizens gather for a yearly lottery. The story starts on a beautiful summer season afternoon. The town’s people are eager, gathering in the town square in order to participate in the annual lottery by drawing slips of paper from a traditional black box. Everyone, including Mrs. Tessie Hutchinson, awaits this yearly custom and most of them agree that this custom must continue to be held in their village.
The lotto seems interesting; nevertheless, unlike a typical lottery the reader finds that towards completion of this short story it is not a lotto anyone in the town wishes to win. The unfortunate winner of the lottery game, Tessie Hutchinson, is a character of tardiness or procrastination, anxiety, grumbling and annoyance; nevertheless, she never questions the thinking behind the lottery, just why it is her that has to pass away.
From the very beginning of this story, the author curiously develops the character of Tessie Hutchinson so that she appears to deserve her vicious execution.
Of all the villagers, Tessie appears late, dressed in her apron, announcing that she ‘d forgotten what day it was. Even prior to the lottery begins, she is already guilty of tardiness and should have penalty much like a trainee disrupting a class in school. It is ironic that one might genuinely forget something that is so terrible. After reading the story and understanding the outcome, I question if Tessie was fearing this day all along. When Tessie was in no danger she was gossiping with the other women and even encouraged her hubby to go and pick a piece of paper.
When Hutchinson’s name is called out to come draw a slip of paper, Tessie hurried her hubby by informing him to get up there. This conduct makes her appear to be anxious about the drawing, however positive that their slip of paper won’t have the feared black dot on it. Her stress and anxiety and enjoyment makes the reader think that drawing the marked lottery ticket is excellent, such as the case of winning lotto tickets in this day and age. We’re unaware that the drawing of the black dot will cause a wicked execution.
Later on, Tessie’s attitude towards the lottery’s advancement makes her whiny and irritating to the reader in addition to her fellow villagers. When she discovers that her husband drew the paper with the black dot, “All of a sudden, Tessie Hutchinson shouted to Mr. Summers,’you didn’t provide him time adequate to take any paper he desired. I saw you. It wasn’t reasonable!'” She whined and grumbled that her husband, Mr. Hutchinson, should be able to draw again. Tessie even attempted to plead for a re-draw, saying that her children weren’t included in the illustration. She understood that they belonged to their other half’s family, however she tried whining about it anyhow.
When Tessie wins the lotto; she advocates another opportunity and screams for grace. She requires that her children take their chances too, which is indicative of regression towards our fundamental impulse of survival. She did not appear to be disturbed that she would quickly lose her life, however she requires that the illustration was unreasonable. Mrs. Hutchinson seemed to be a favored individual in her town, although her compassion was ignored when she started to complain and object the technique of the lotto drawing. Her buddy, Mrs. Delacroix, was one of the first in the crowd to state, “Be a great sport, Tessie.” Other characters in the story also make remarks worrying Tessie’s complaints and frustrating cries.
One can’t assist however sympathize with poor Tessie, who regretfully lost her life due to the harsh and uncommon death by stoning at the hands of her fellow townsmen. They did all this for the sake that it may bring a fruitful crop for the coming harvest season. Surprisingly, even Tessie’s closest buddies were amongst the crowd who stoned her to death. Mrs. Delacroix, the good friend Tessie first spoke to when she lastly arrived at the town square, was mentioned as discovering the largest stone ~ one that she could hardly get. Mrs. Tessie Hutchinson was tardy to the biggest occasion of the year. She frantically hoped that her family would not win the lottery, yet her whining and complaining frustrated everybody and tends to make the reader feel that she deserves the death that she was awarded, although no one must need to suffer such ruthlessness.