Why do they stone people in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson?

Why did they stone the woman in The Lottery?

In this short story Mrs. Hutchinson was stoned to death by the villagers as a custom of sacrifice. Every year the whole village got together, reached in a black box and drew out a piece of paper. If the paper had a black mark on it that person would be sacrificed for the “good of the village.”

Why were the boys collecting stones in The Lottery?

In “The Lottery,” the children initially are gathering the stones in apparent innocence as they enjoy the beautiful weather and the end of their school day.

What do the stones represent in The Lottery?

The stones symbolize death, but also the villagers’ unanimous support of the lottery tradition. Even as Tessie protests the drawing, the villagers collect their stones and move into throw them.

Why did Jackson use common people in The Lottery?

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By choosing common people, Jackson is attempting to have the general reader relate to the grotesque situation at hand. The dangers of blind allegiance to tradition become more “close to home” when an average, small-town American population is the center of the action.

Why is Tessie Hutchinson killed?

Tessie is stoned to death because she’s the “winner” of the lottery. The townspeople seem to believe that unless they sacrifice one of their own, crops will fail. It’s an old tradition, and very few think to question it at all.

Do you agree with Mrs Hutchinson is the lottery unfair?

Answer: Mrs. Hutchinson does not find the lottery unfair, until her husband is picked as a winner. It is only when the lottery directly affects her life that she complains about it.

Why does Tessie say the lottery is unfair?

Tessie thinks the lottery is unfair because she won. If someone else won, she would not have complained at all. This is an example of situational irony in that the readers do not expect that the winner of the lottery will be killed.

What does the black dot symbolize in the lottery?

The black spot is symbolic of the person from the town who is chosen to die. All three items relate to the story’s themes of custom and tradition, violence and cruelty, and victim and victimization.

What was ironic about the ending of the lottery?

The title of the story itself is ironic because the idea of a lottery usually involves a reward for the winner whereas, in this case, the “winner” of the lottery is stoned to death instead. The irony continues in the opening description as the narrator paints a cheery picture of a bright and beautiful summer day.

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Why choose the smoothest and roundest stones in the lottery?

Jackson explained that the children were picking up smooth stones, not jagged, spiky rocks, which could kill a person faster. Although picking up smooth rocks may seemed like a trivial detail, Jackson was actually foreshadowing the ending.

What is Shirley Jackson trying to tell us about ourselves?

She is trying to tell us that we should be guided by our moral compass, not merely by the expectations of society. If something is unjust or wrong, we should stand up against it.

What is the significance of Tessie’s final scream?

The significance of Tessie’s final scream “it isn’t fair it isn’t right” is that she is objecting to the fact that she is the the sacrifice. She doesn’t want to die, and is protesting merely the fact that she has to die, not that people die in general because of tradition.

Is the lottery morally justified?

No, it is not morally justified just because the townspeople all agree to murder someone together. They are still killing someone without a trial. It…