The Lottery

Shirley Jackson

Summary

This is a story of blind obedience to any form of authority. "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson is a short story that takes a gruesome turn when it turns out to be a sacrifice. The village all arrives in the town square at about noon on June 27th of every summer to take part in the lottery. The boys all gather rocks to use and when it's time, all of the men step forward and take a slip of paper from the black box that Mr. Summers has. These papers are all blank except for one, this one has a black dot on it. The Hutchinson's were lucky enough to win so they all drew again and Tessie won the whole thing while she was complaining. Then they all used the gathered stones to sacrifice her in hopes of getting good crops for the summer.