What is the moral lesson of the lottery ticket?
To me, the theme of this story is that it is best for people to be content with what they have and not to start dreaming of things that (they think) will be much better than what they have. The couple in this story were relatively happy with one another.
In “The Lottery Ticket”, Chekhov develops the theme that the love of money can destroy one’s satisfaction.
Shirley Jackson’s purpose in writing “The Lottery” was to show ordinary people in small-town America committing an evil act without any malevolent motive, or even any motive at all.
How did Ivan’s wife want to spend the prize lottery money?
As he and his wife procrastinate finding out whether or not they have actually won the lottery, the first thing Ivan Dmitritch thinks of is buying “real property in the shape of an estate.” Essentially, one could say that Ivan Dmitritch wants to spend his leisure time on that estate being leisurely.
What does The Lottery Ticket symbolize?
The lottery ticket symbolizes how riches, or the promise of riches, can corrupt people’s souls. The imminent prospect of winning the lottery is enough to drive a wedge between Ivan and Masha, potentially jeopardizing their marriage.
What is Shirley Jackson trying to tell us about ourselves?
She is trying to tell us that we should be guided by our moral compass, not merely by the expectations of society. If something is unjust or wrong, we should stand up against it.
Why did Tessie get stoned in the lottery?
Tessie is stoned to death because she’s the “winner” of the lottery. The townspeople seem to believe that unless they sacrifice one of their own, crops will fail. It’s an old tradition, and very few think to question it at all.
What is the deeper meaning of the lottery?
The lottery itself is clearly symbolic and, at its most basic, that symbol is of the unquestioned rituals and traditions which drive our society. The author considers those things which make no inherent sense, yet are done because that is how they have always been done.
A story’s message, or theme, is what the author wants to teach you through his or her writing.
What is the conflict of The Lottery Ticket?
The conflict in “The Lottery Ticket” is first whether or not Ivan and his wife will win. But more importantly, the conflict becomes Ivan’s thoughts on what to do with the winnings versus his wife’s hopes. Although the conflicts are different, Ruben, and Ivan and his wife, end up with mostly internal conflicts.