The Lottery

By Shirly Jackson-comiled by Imani Shell and Kaitlyn Meyers

Theme

Blind adherence to tradition can cause otherwise ordinary and seemingly "good" individuals to commit heinous acts.

The meaning of this quote is that even the nicest people can turn on you in an instant.

Thesis Satement

In this cruel story "The Lottery" the author Shirly Jackson tells a horrific story about how Human Can turn on their own kind if they need to.
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Text Evidence #1

"Thought we were going to have to get on without you, Tessie. Mrs. Hutchinson said, grinning, wouldn't have me leave m'dishes in the sink, now, would you Joe." When Tessie first arrived at the lottery everyone was talking to her like she was their friend but thought nothing of switching on her and throwing stones when she was picked.
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Text Evidence #2

"Bill Hutchinson went over to his wife and forced the slip of paper out of her hand." Tessie's husband was not very considerate when he forced the paper out of her hand and then stoned her with the rest of the crowd instead of trying to help his wife.
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Text Evidence #3

"The children had stones already and someone gave little Davey Hutchinson a few pebbles." The people did not consider Tessie's feelings and even gave her son stones to throw at her.

In Summary:

In this cruel story "The Lottery" the author Shirly Jackson tells a horrific story about how Human Can turn on their own kind if they need to. This story shows how your best friends and even family can change on you if it means saving themselves.