The Lottery Essay

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The Lottery
1. Do you think the characters in ‘The Lottery’ are hypocritical in their relationships with other people in town? Explain.

Hypocrisy, which means a sudden shift in opinions or loyalties, happens to be an inborn human trait for most people. ‘The Lottery’ by Shirley Jackson happens to be so eerily similar to our current situations which make her story relatable and a classic. Jackson starts off the story with a sort of tranquility and normalness with the existence of a friendly town with neighbourly townsmen on a summer’s day which surprisingly takes a turn for the worse in the last few paragraphs, taking readers by surprise when the backstabbing happens. ‘The Lottery’ ...view middle of the document...

However, after the lots are drawn and the ‘winner’ has been selected, the men show no remorse or hesitation in killing the victim, whether they are of their own flesh and blood or friends.
The lottery also shows a good amount of façade in society, which can be seen through Mrs. Delacroix’s character who was no different from the rest. When Tessie arrives late for the lottery and stood next to Mrs. Delacroix who had a brief, easy-going moment with Tessie, indicating that they are good friends. At the end of the story, when Tessie was the ‘winner’, her true nature was revealed which shows the friendship she and Tessie had was hollow and meaningless. Jackson wrote ‘Mrs. Delacroix selected a stone so large she had to pick it up with both hands and turned to Mrs. Dunbar. “Come on,” she said. “Hurry up.”’, showing that Mrs. Delacroix turned out to be one of the first who turned against Tessie when she won the lottery.
The character who portrayed the strongest sense of hypocrisy is Tessie Hutchinson. Tessie arrived late to the lottery, having forgotten what day it was but seemed happy and eager to participate in the lottery. She then encourages her husband to take his draw when it was her family’s turn. It was not until her husband pulls...

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