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The Lottery by Shirley Jackson Summary


Luck is not always the basis of who gets the better part of what life has to offer. Often than not, a person’s future depends on his and his family’s ancestries. Shirley Jackson states the horrible reality between the lines of her short story, The Lottery. By its title alone, one would think that this is a story about getting the better part of living by amassing a huge amount of wealth at a local lottery. But it is not. Jackson put into context what was happening at places where money, politics, and religion controls “power” through the people living in the community. It was quite a shock for those who would read the story and realize that there are people who would rather be dead than suffer unequal treatment due to one’s lack of wealth of difference in political and religious beliefs.

The story was published during the 1940s however it does not propose that people who are living at present thinks differently. Though there is no evidence during recent years that stoning to death still happens, it does not mean that people as a whole have fully accepted the idea of equality. Just like a lottery, a group of people may be considered as outsiders for reasons often irrational. No one deserves to be treated unequally because of their lack of wealth or difference in belief. One person or a group of people does not have any right to judge people or predict their destiny because of their past.

Works Cited
Jackson, Shirley. The Lottery. Mankato, Minnesota: Creative Education. 2008.

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