A Book Review of The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

The lottery is a form of gambling in which numbers are drawn at random to determine a winner. It is also a means of raising funds for certain purposes, such as public works projects, charity, or state government programs. Its history dates back to the ancient Chinese Han dynasty, with some of its earliest examples found on silk and wooden slips dating to between 205 and 187 BC.

It is estimated that Americans spend more than $80 billion on lottery tickets each year, with more than half of these purchases going to the top 5% of winners. Although winning the lottery would give you a huge sum of money, it’s important to remember that you would still have to work for a living and that you’d still need to pay taxes on your winnings. In addition, there are other ways to win money that don’t require risking your hard-earned cash.

Shirley Jackson uses setting and descriptions to lull the characters and readers into a false sense of security before the horrific outcome of the lottery is revealed. The bucolic landscape of the village and the peaceful town square in which the lottery takes place establish a sense of idyllic serenity, which adds to the shock and horror felt by the characters when the lottery actually occurs.

One of the main themes in this story is that of tradition and how people can be manipulated by tradition and groupthink. This is especially true in a small village where people are so closely tied together, and where most members of the community have known each other for a long time. Old Man Warner, a local conservative figure, is an example of this. He refers to a long-held belief that holding the lottery in June will result in heavier corn harvests.

Once the lottery is underway, the villagers begin selecting stones from the pile prepared by the children. Tessie Delacroix is selected, and her pleas to stop the lottery are ignored as the villagers begin to pelt her with stones.

In this story, the power of a mob to act cruelly is emphasized. In order to understand why so many people acted so brutally, it’s helpful to look at the role of social roles and how they impact behavior.

Lotteries are a form of gambling that has gained popularity in recent years. The word comes from Middle Dutch lotje “fateful thing” or Middle Low German lotte, meaning fate (“fate”) or chance (“luck”). The practice of drawing lots for things like seats on a jury, positions in an organization, and sports team rosters dates back thousands of years. In the United States, the first state-run lottery was established in New Hampshire in 1964, and it was quickly followed by a number of other states. Lotteries remain popular, even in an anti-tax era when many state governments rely on income from the lottery to offset dwindling budgets. The lottery’s growth has spurred expansion into new games and aggressive marketing.