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Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Lottery Questions

1) Through “The Lottery,” what point does Shirley Jackson make about tradition?
  Shirley Jackson is trying to say that tradition is valued by the villagers who practice it but the ones who don't find it strange.
• Identify at least one piece of evidence to support your observation.


2) What foreshadowing clues does Shirley Jackson incorporate into her story? When I read the sentence "Bobby Martin had already stuffed his pocket full of stones, and the other boys soon followed his example, selecting the smoothest and roundest stones." I knew that it wasn't going to be something good because why would young boys gather that many stones in a village. Its not until later in the story that one would suspect the "winner" will be stoned to death. Also Mr.martin and his son hesitated in the beginning before going up to hold the box on the stool.The names: Mrs.Summers and Mr.Grave.


3) What is the setting for “The Lottery”? Why is that so important to the theme of the story? There was no specific setting and this because jackson wanted to show this could happen anytime. But the story portrays an average New England village on june 27th in the summer. The story seems a bit old fashioned so I predict it is around the 1940s because of the rituals and traditions that the villagers respect and follow.


4) What mood does “The Lottery” instill in its readers? How does it do this?
The mood in the beginning of the story starts off as getting the readers happy and cheerful but as the story went on the mood changed dark and savagely violent. It can be seen through the characters words and expressions.
5) What do we know about when the lottery was started?
We know that there was no specific setting or time stated in the story but it is as old as 77 years because of Old man warner. He's been around witnessing the lottery without being chosen.
6) How do the townspeople feel about making changes to the lottery? How do you know?
I don't think the townspeople want to make changes to the lottery because they didn't even want to change the design of the box that papers are held in. They also said they didn't want to change it.
7) What is the general attitude of the townspeople as they wait for the lottery to begin?
 The general attitude of the people is scared and curious.Deep inside they are as scared and against the practice as anyone would be.

8) What specific evidence in the text helped you determine this?
Tessie's final words were "its not fair" and with that you understand that the people are just scared. They don't know what to do , they can't step out of line or speak against the tradition they just go with it.
9) Is the lottery a collective act of murder? Is it morally justified? Is tradition sufficient justification for such actions? How would you respond to cultures that are different from ours that perform "strange" rituals?
The lottery can be looked at in two ways. One could think it is just the townspeople's tradition and thats what they know and believed so it is morally justified. Others could think its totally insane and an act of homicide. I don't believe it is morally justified because killing an innocent because of your culture doesn't make it right. But for the people who would practice that tradition obviously they will follow what it says and do what has to be done. I wouldn't be surprised because I come from a place where traditions like that are practiced so it isn't that new to me. Although I do not support it.

10) What genre of literature would you classify this story?  Why?
It is speculative fiction because it implies both horror and realism into the story. Once you know the true purpose of the story, seemingly harmless details turn into gruesome points and actions made.

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