"The Lottery," by Shirley Jackson

The story where someone wins but loses at the same time...

Theme!!!!

The theme of the short story by Shirley Jackson is,The reluctance of people to reject outdated traditions, ideas, rules, laws, and practices.

Meaning that when you don't except change you tend to follow older traditions.

THESIS STATEMENT!!!

In the disturbing short story, "The Lottery," Shirley Jackson illustrates the reluctance of people to reject outdated traditions, ideas, rules, laws, and practices.
The Lottery by Shirley Jackson (Summary) - Minute Book Report

THE VIDEO ABOVE...

We have chosen this video to represent our thesis. The man in this video first gives a short and brief summary, but then explains what Old Man Warner, the oldest man in the town, says about change. Most of these people are completely against it. You can just imagine the years before, it was probably only the people being sacrificed that finally thought it wasn't fair and things should change but it was too late because they died and couldn't share their opinion.

TEXT EVIDENCE #1

"It's not the way it used to be' Old Man Warner said clearly" This quote is showing that Old Man Warner, a person living in the town, liked the way the lottery used to be and he didn't like that it had changed.

TEXT EVIDENCE #2

"Some places have already quit lotteries' Mrs. Adams said. 'Nothing but trouble in that,' Old Man Warner said stoutly. 'Pack of young fools.'" Mrs. Adams is telling Old Man Warner that there has been a change in other places, and he says that it was a foolish decision to that. He feels that nothing should ever change.

TEXT EVIDENCE #3

"Be a good sport, Tessie,' Mrs. Delacroix called, and Mrs. Graves said, 'All of us took the same chance.'" The two women telling Tessie to deal with the outcome obviously except the lottery, and possibly would be afraid of change because when Tessie, Mrs. Hutchinson protested against the lottery, they were quick to tell her to basically deal with the coming of her death.

IN SUMMARY...

Shirley Jackson clearly demonstrated the reluctance of people to reject outdated traditions, ideas, rules, laws, and practices in her short story, "The Lottery". The entire town is afraid of change until it's finally them being sacrificed. As Old Man Warner said in the story, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!"
Big image