… This two page paper explores Shirley Jackson’s story, The Lottery. The writer discusses an overall understanding of the story as well as answers several important questions relating to its theme and meaning.
The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson is a story that underscores the apathy that has been experienced in various societies at different times in the world’s history. The Lottery presents a cultural tradition that today, people would be appalled by, but when it is presented in the light that Jackson presents it, the tradition and act of the lottery is accepted as part of living in the …
… when she wrote the story. Watching and accepting tradition with little regard to its merit has blemished history since the beginning of time and it continued to do so even with a story based in fiction.
This was a strong statement about where society was at the time and Jackson’s points were needed more than ever before.