The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

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In the beginning of The Lottery, Shirley Jackson presents readers with a picturesque village setting to create a sense of serenity and beauty that lulls both characters and audience into a false sense of security. The town square where the lottery takes place is described as clear and sunny, further adding to the image of peacefulness that engulfs the characters and viewers. This idyllic imagery contrasts with the horrific outcome of the lottery, enhancing the story’s shock value.

While the central problem in the story is the blind obedience to tradition, Jackson’s message extends beyond this issue. By questioning the meaning and purpose of traditions, she encourages readers to reevaluate their own cultural practices. In doing so, they can determine whether certain customs serve to advance moral values or perpetuate harmful behaviors.

The use of drawing lots to determine ownership or other rights is recorded in many ancient documents, including the Bible. It became common in Europe in the 15th century. The first documented lotteries were held in the Low Countries in order to raise money for town fortifications and to help poor people. In the United States, a lottery was used in colonial times to finance public works projects and build colleges.

Lotteries typically have three basic elements: a pool or collection of ticket and counterfoils; a procedure for determining winning numbers or symbols; and a means for distributing the prize money. Normally, the pool is thoroughly mixed by some mechanical process (such as shaking or tossing), then winners are selected by random selection. Some of the pool is usually deducted for expenses and profits, while a portion is returned to the bettors.

Modern lotteries are generally operated by state governments that have granted themselves the sole right to operate them. Tickets are available at retail outlets that include convenience stores, gas stations, restaurants and bars, service organizations (such as fraternal organizations), nonprofit organizations, and newsstands. Some lotteries are sold online as well. In 2003, the NASPL reported that there were approximately 186,000 retailers in the United States that sold lottery tickets. The majority of these retailers are convenience stores. A smaller percentage are telecommunications companies, banks, financial services, and other businesses. The remaining retail outlets are mostly non-profits and private individuals. Some of these sell tickets for a fee, while others do not. The remaining third of the market is smuggled or otherwise illegally distributed. In 2004, forty-four states and the District of Columbia had operating lotteries.