Essay on The Lottery


The Lottery is a short novel by Shirley Jackson which tells the story of a town that practices an odd tradition of stoning a person in the town to death to have a good harvest; Old Man Warner alludes to this when he says “lottery in June, corn be heavy soon.” (pg. 5). Everyone in the town must pick a piece of paper from the black box officiated by Mr. Summers. This is round one.

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The next round is when the family picks a paper from the box again. The person with the black dot will be picked to be stoned to death.