What is the lesson of the story The Lottery by Shirley Jackson?
The moral of the story is that simply because something has always been done does not mean that it is beneficial and should be continued. One key theme of “The Lottery” is the danger of tradition and blindly following along.
What is the overall message in The Lottery?
The main themes in “The Lottery” are the vulnerability of the individual, the importance of questioning tradition, and the relationship between civilization and violence. The vulnerability of the individual: Given the structure of the annual lottery, each individual townsperson is defenseless against the larger group.
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 does the black box symbolize in the lottery?
The Black Box
The shabby black box represents both the tradition of the lottery and the illogic of the villagers’ loyalty to it. The black box is nearly falling apart, hardly even black anymore after years of use and storage, but the villagers are unwilling to replace it.
What does Tessie symbolize in the lottery?
Tessie is symbolic of the scapegoat in “The Lottery,” which is sacrificed in ritual atonement for the sins of the tribe. However, she is also an average member of the tribe who sees nothing wrong with the system until she is selected.
What is the role of Old Man Warner in the lottery?
In “The Lottery,” Old Man Warner is the tradition keeper of the town. He has attended seventy-five Lotteries. He is the oldest man in the village and has taken it upon himself to be the guardian of the town’s traditions.
What does he say will happen without a lottery?
Adams who tells him that another village had given up the lottery. In Old Man Warner’s eyes, doing away with the lottery would be akin to going back to primitive times. He believes that society would fail without the lottery.
What do you suppose the original ceremony was like The Lottery?
In the past there were official wooden pieces to represent each family. Now the town just uses slips of paper that are easily thrown away at the end of each year’s lottery. It states in the story that the original ceremony was a much longer and drawn-out all day affair, it was probably a lot more formal.