Monday, February 25, 2019
Character Analysis of The Lottery
The mechanical tipple off is usually associated with defeat the odds and winning something extravagant. In Shirley Jacksons short recital The Lottery, the reader is led to believe the story is about something at rest and happy given the setting of a warm summer sidereal twenty-four hours and children out of school for the summer. Jackson turns winning the lottery into a self-aggrandising thing. Of 300 villagers Tessie Hutchinson shows up late, claiming she forgot about the annual lottery drawing, but seems very(prenominal) excited to have made it on time. When Tessie was in no danger she is gossiping with neighbors and encourages her husband to draw for the winner.Jackson curiously builds up the caseful of Tessie so that it seems she is blinded by tradition until she becomes a victim of it herself. Mrs. Hutchinson is introduced in the story as being late for the drawing of the lottery and claims that she bonnie forgot what day it was (Jackson 206). After reading the stor y and knowing the outcome, it seems dry that someone could actually forget something that is so awful. Its almost as if Tessie was dreading this day all along. Why else would she have claimed to forget something so important to the town?Maybe Tessie was overly excited to get in on the act plainly to act as if it were no big deal. The Author in addition describes her as coming hurriedly along the path to the square (Jackson 206). Was this because she had truly forgotten and didnt want to be late, or because she couldnt hold for the lottery to come? Initially Mrs. Hutchinson is presented as a character who when she arrives, she sedately talks to the other women and carrys a joke to her husband by state Wouldnt have me leave mdishes in the sink, now, would you, Joe (Jackson 206).When It comes time for Tessies husband Bill to draw she rushes him by telling him to get up there (Jackson 208). Tessie feels as if she is in no danger. This conduct makes her appear to be anxious about the drawing so the stoning can begin and confident that their slip wont have the dreaded blue dot on it. Tessies attitude changes when her eagerness to see the lottery through is put to an abrupt stop when she realizes her family has been chosen. She uses Mr. Summers as a whipping boy and shouts You didnt give him enough time to take any cover he wanted.I saw you. It wasnt fair (Jackson 208). Throughout the drawing of the names, Tessie seemed to be fine with the fact that someone was going to die until it the recognition set in that it may be her. Before a drawing is held to decide who wins, Tessie tries to make Mr. Summers include her daughter, Theres Don and Eva, make them take their chance (Jackson 209). This shows how ruthless and careless Tessie is. She knows that her daughter was already entered in the drawing under her husbands name.Having her daughter enter would only give her more of a chance to live. After Tessie is chosen as the winner she demands that the draw ing was done unfairly and that her husband was rushed. Whats ironic about that is she is the one who rushed Bill to draw. Jackson uses the hypocrisy of Tessies actions to show this. Tessies victimization at the hands of the towns people allows her to be a semi-symbolic character, which will lose her life due to a merciless finis by stoning.They did this all for the sake that there may be a fruitful crop for the coming harvest season. Surprisingly, even Tessies closest friend was mentioned as finding a stone so big that she had to lift it with both hands. Mrs. Hutchison was tardy to the biggest event of the year. She desperately hoped that she would non win. Although no one should have to suffer such cruelty, her complaining by and by being chosen annoyed everyone and tends to make the reader feel that she deserves the death that she was awarded.