The villagers of a small town gather together in the square on June 27, a beautiful day, for the town lottery. In other towns, the lottery takes longer, but there are only 300 people in this village, so the lottery takes only two hours.
How long does the lottery last in the village in the story?
The Lottery Study Guide
|What is the population of the town?||300|
|How long does the lottery last?||One day in this village/2 days in other villages that have bigger populations|
|What are the boys in the square doing?||collecting stones in their pockets, putting them in a big stone pile|
Do the villagers want to continue the lottery ritual?
Simply put, the villagers continue to participate in the lottery because it is a tradition. Some fear that ending the lottery will negatively impact the community but the majority of citizens carry out the ritual because it has always taken place.
Why does the village continue the tradition of the lottery?
The reason why the villagers “have” to have a lottery is simply because the lottery had become a tradition that has been followed since the time of the villagers’ ancestors.
Was the lottery a tradition in the village?
“The Lottery” tells the story of an annual tradition practiced by the villagers of an anonymous small town, a tradition that appears to be as vital to the villagers as New Year celebrations might be to us.
Why does Tessie think 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.
Why did Tessie get stoned in the lottery?
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.
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.
Why don t the townspeople stop holding the lottery?
Why don t the townspeople stop holding the lottery? The people are holding the lottery, not because they want it to produce something beneficial to the community, but because they are afraid of what might happen if they gave it up. They don’t want to test it. Summers is in charge of the lottery.
How is the lottery connected to actual rituals?
The lottery exists as such a mundane ritual in their world that they can easily go back to living their lives after stoning someone to death. Although Mr. Summers and everyone else in the village knew the answer perfectly well, it was the business of the official of the lottery to ask such questions formally.
How does the lottery affect Tessie Hutchinson and her family at the end of the story?
Answer: Near the end of “The Lottery,” Bill draws the slip with the black spot in the first round, which means that someone in his family will be stoned to death. This immediately begins to cause tension within the family and between Bill’s wife Tessie and some of people in the assembled crowd.
What social issues does the lottery represent?
This story satirizes a number of social issues, including the reluctance of people to reject outdated traditions, ideas, rules, laws, and practices.
How does tradition influence the villagers behavior in the lottery?
The Lottery in which the villagers “sacrifice” one of their own, has its basis in a tradition which goes back for years and years. Old Man Warner shows how long it has been around and how much he thinks the tradition should continue, with the idea that tradition is the basis for present behavior.