The narrative, “The Lotto,” by Shirley Jackson is one pf the most shocking stories I have ever read. It triggered controversy when it was published in a New York paper and for excellent factor. The ending is extremely upsetting and I would even classify it as a scary story. The image the story paints prepares you for the precise opposite of what actually takes place, making this a confusing, yet extraordinary story. It is tough to find out what the message is in this story.
Starting from the start there are many things one must discover upon a 2nd reading. Subtle meaning is used in a genius way so that only on a second reading can the reader comprehend what the author is carrying out in every paragraph she writes. Throughout the story we are never ever sure about exactly what this lotto is, which keeps the reader in thriller.
The story starts with a cheerful mood. It is summertime in a small town of 300 people. Every character comes off as friendly and filled with favorable energy. Jackson sets the scene for a beautiful day by explaining growing flowers and stunning lawn. The reader is reeled into a peaceful state of mind and becomes comfortable in “knowing” this is tranquil story. The only confusion in the beginning is when the kids are gathering stones and making stacks of them. The reader may indicate the children will be throwing the stones, yet in a childish spirited manner and no violent premonitions can be made due to the peaceful setting neutralizing and overpowering any violent thoughts. The interaction in between characters is 100% friendliness.
The story informs us that everybody in town is collecting at the town square, which is located in between a post workplace and a bank. In the beginning this suggests absolutely nothing remarkable till you realize that no other structures are discussed. No courts or police headquarters, which are usually discovered in a towns square, are pointed out. No discusses of authority whatsoever other than for Mr. Summers, who runs the annual lotto. It is also intriguing how we are notified that he runs a Halloween program, which is known for hoax, yet no other holidays are pointed out.
The state of mind of the story seems to take a turn when we find out about the villager’s reaction to the black box that holds the lotto slips. They appear to be anxious around package. When the “winner” was found, we notice his response is not an excellent one. Then we keep reading to find that the villagers will throw stones at the “winner” until they eliminate him. This is done so delicately that it develops a spooky sensation as we checked out how the villagers surround the victim and prepare to kill him. The story ends there.
“The Lottery game” is absolutely an interesting tale by Shirley Jackson. However what is she indicating by this story? Surely she didn’t write this ending because she felt it was cool. There is a not so apparent message we need to analyze. My conclusion leads me to believe that this is a story about tradition. The villagers follow tradition without even understanding why the custom exists. In the story, Old Guy Warner states, “‘There’s constantly been a lottery game’ he said petulantly.” In this statement, the reader sees the most oblivious of all reasons for doing anything. This, however, appears normal for the community. The reader then discovers ‘”That much of the routine had been forgotten or discarded, Mr. Summers had been successful in having slips of paper replacemented for the chips of wood that had actually been utilized for generations.'”
While reading, the reader starts to comprehend the lotto custom from which numerous rules and regulations disappeared for convenience factors. This leads the reader to believe that the villagers do not really understand the origins of the lottery game. Mrs. Jackson states ‘”Individuals had done the lottery many times that they just half listed to the directions?'” In this passage, the reader learns through the casual ness of the villager’s actions that an essential occasion does not gander much attention. They eliminate the victim merely because its custom.
To put it merely, the author is trying to state that you shouldn’t do things simply because others have actually done them. There may be a better way of doing things. I think she is suggesting that traditions found around the world might be foolish at times and people should believe realistically and not do things simply because they were born doing it, like the baby who is handed stones, yet to make sense out of things, and discard those which do not make much sense. This is a strong message in today’s society where “tradition” may trigger destruction and hate amongst human beings. I could be incorrect, but if I am proper, those who read ought to find out an effective lesson and take a look at their beliefs and make the best change.