The suburban setting of “The Lottery” is important. It was modeled after the Vermont community in which Jackson herself spent much of her adult life. The town in which the lottery takes place is described as an ordinary and pleasant community. The children eagerly anticipate summer and play with one another.
What town does The Lottery take place in?
The setting of Shirley Jackson’s short story “The Lottery” takes place in a small, nondescript town located in rural America on the morning of June 27th. Jackson describes the weather on the day of the lottery as being pleasant, clear, and warm, which gives the reader a sense of tranquility and optimism.
Why is the town unnamed in The Lottery?
Shirley Jackson could not have named a real town because her story would have been libelous. She would have been accusing the inhabitants of committing seventy-six murders over the past seventy-six years. And they could easily prove that no such lottery had ever existed in their peaceful little community .
Why was Tessie late at the gathering to hold the lottery?
Why was Tessie late to arrive at the gathering to hold the lottery? She started to leave town to protest the lottery. She ran away but was caught and returned. She wasn’t late–she was the first to arrive.
Who is the most important character in the lottery?
Tessie Hutchinson, a housewife, is the story’s main character and the winner—or victim—of the lottery. She’s the mother of four, one married daughter and three young children, and the wife of Bill Hutchinson.
Why was Tessie unhappy with the first drawing?
The reason for Tessie’s unhappiness at the first drawing of the lottery is simple: her family has drawn the slip of paper with the black spot. She tries to claim that the first drawing was unfair—that her husband had not been given enough time to draw the piece of paper that he wanted.
Why does Tessie think the lottery is unfair?
Tessie thinks the lottery is unfair because she won. If someone else won, she would not have complained at all. This is an example of situational irony in that the readers do not expect that the winner of the lottery will be killed.
What family won the lottery?
Which family “won” the lottery? The Hutchinson’s.
What does Tessie Hutchinson symbolize?
Tessie symbolizes the scapegoat or sacrificial victim. In ancient tribal societies, this figure was quite literally a goat upon which all the sins of the tribe were symbolically placed before it was killed, often by driving it out into the desert with sticks and stones.
Who killed Tessie Hutchinson?
The woman selected by the lottery to be sacrificed, she is stoned to death by the villagers at the very end of the story. Tessie arrives late at the lottery, saying she forgot the day. Her casual attitude as she jokes with her neighbors changes dramatically when the Hutchinson family is selected in the lottery.
What is Tessie’s reaction when her husband is asked how many children the couple has the lottery?
What is Tessie’s reaction when her husband is asked how many children the couple has? She demands her six-year-old son be excused from participating. She demands her married daughter and daughter’s husband take their chances with the rest of the family.