The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

A lottery is a game in which tickets are drawn for prizes. Traditionally, the prize was money or goods, but today many states use the lottery to raise funds for a variety of public purposes. The lottery is the most popular form of gambling in the United States. It is also a popular method of raising money for public charitable purposes.

Despite its dark nature, lottery is considered by many to be a fairly harmless way to raise money. However, many people have concerns about the ethical and moral issues involved with this form of fundraising. Some people are concerned that lottery funds are not being used properly or that the government is allowing too much corruption in the system. Others worry that it is unfair to the poor since only a small percentage of tickets are ever winners.

In The Lottery, Shirley Jackson shows the importance of family themes in society. This story also illustrates the dangers of a mob mentality. It is important for individuals to learn to think critically and question their own beliefs and traditions.

The children assemble first, as they always do, for this lottery. The narrator notes that they have been waiting with great anticipation. They are excited, yet they understand what is about to take place. The other villagers are gathered in the square, as well. They begin to open their papers, and there is a general sigh when Nancy and Bill’s are found to be blank. This is a relief, but it will not last long. Tessie Hutchinson’s paper is soon discovered to have a black mark on it. The villagers then converge on Tessie and begin to hurl stones at her, which will ultimately kill her.