The Lottery

The Lottery
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  • It wasn't fair!
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  • In the story, Tessie symbolizes rebellion. Tessie arrives late at the lottery, unlike anyone else. She also was the only person to challenge Bill Hutchinson's lottery pick, as she claims Mr.Summers didn't give Bill enough time to choose what paper he wanted to choose. Tessie is the only person in the village to challenge the lottery tradition.
  • Tone
  • And the person is!..
  • An example of texture in the story is the beautiful weather. The lottery occurred on June 27th; a warm, summer day. The weather described on this day was "...clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a full-summer day..." the sun's warm rays can be "felt" when reading this line.
  • Theme
  • The children gathering stones foreshadows what happens at the end of the story. In the beginning of the story, one scene reveals a group kids gathering stones from the ground. Readers find out later in the story that these stones were used to kill people who were chosen by the lottery. The stoning execution method has been known to occur in areas where poverty exists, such as the village in which The Lottery takes place. Readers may have inferred the use of the stones before Tessie was killed.
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  • "Tense" would describe the tone of the story. The author's choice of allowing the story to mostly take place before a "winner" of the lottery is chosen allows for a tense story. Before one is chosen for the lottery, it is obvious that the villagers were nervous and uneasy. The characters uneasiness throughout most of the story contributes to a tense atmosphere in the story.
  • The theme represented in the story is rebellion and tradition. The author's characterization of Tessie represents rebellion, while the lottery represents tradition. The author expresses the message that traditions are difficult to challenge. The death of Tesssie shows that bad things happen to people who challenge tradition.
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