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20th Jun '16 11:30:15 AM PurrElise
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* "Literature/TheLottery", a short story by Shirley Jackson.

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* "Literature/TheLottery", ''Literature/TheLottery'', a short story by Shirley Jackson.
8th Nov '15 6:53:30 AM Morgenthaler
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[[redirect:Literature/TheLottery]]''The Lottery'' may refer to:

* "Literature/TheLottery", a short story by Shirley Jackson.
* ''Series/TheLottery'', a 2014 sci-fi series.

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20th Mar '13 1:09:45 PM Xtifr
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"The Lottery" is a 1948 short story written by Creator/ShirleyJackson.

It's June 27th in a small American village. A village of three hundred people has prepared for this day as if it were another celebration, like a square dance or a Halloween program. This event, the titular lottery, consists of selecting a family, than an individual, from the slips of paper concealed inside a splintery black box which has been used many times before. The winner (in this instance, a woman) is surprised to be selected and protests that she doesn't deserve the prize, but the whole community, impelled by the weight of tradition, insists on giving it to her. After all, a good harvest is at stake.

It would be any other quaint story if it weren't for the heavy symbolism. The story is Shirley Jackson's views on the pointlessness of violence and the inhumanity in the world, in each and every person and their own neighbors. Shirley Jackson received much hate mail for it, readers unsubscribed, and the story was banned in the Union of South Africa (the precursor to modern-day South Africa). Today it is an often used [[SchoolStudyMedia School Study Medium]].

It is probably best known as a staple of American Junior high/Middle School literature classes. It has been adapted into many kinds of media, such as radio, one-act plays, short films, a 1969 ballet, and a successful 1996 {{Made For TV Movie}}. {{Shout Out}}s in other media are not uncommon, such as ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' and ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' as well as ''SquidBillies''.

The full story can be read [[http://www.americanliterature.com/Jackson/SS/TheLottery.html here.]]
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!!!Tropes featured in the short story:


* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler: Tessie Hutchinson]]
* AFeteWorseThanDeath
* {{Foreshadowing}}: The boys stacking stones in the beginning.
** More than just them. On second reading, it's remarkable how many times stones are mentioned.
* GrumpyOldMan: Old Man Warner
* HumanSacrifice: [[spoiler:Tessie is sacrificed to make the corn harvest plentiful.]]
** There is hope, though. Mention is made of towns stopping the custom.
* InfantImmortality: Subverted. [[spoiler: In-story, it's played straight, but when someone draws the spotted paper, everyone in their family must draw again to see which one of them will die--even ''the toddler.'']]
* LotteryOfDoom
* MoralMyopia: Tessie seems well and eager to let the lottery proceed as it always has...up until [[spoiler:her chances to get stoned to death suddenly become very likely.]]
* NobodyEverComplainedBefore: The lottery continues to exist because no one questioned it until now.
** Though that may be because it's some sort of ritual to ensure a bountiful harvest. Old Man Warner recites the rhyme that accompanies the lottery: "Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon."
* PeerPressureMakesYouEvil: [[spoiler: [[AdultFear Babies smiling as they pick up pebbles to throw...]]]]
* RegularlyScheduledEvil: June 27th of every year.
* RuleOfSymbolism: [[http://www.shmoop.com/lottery-shirley-jackson/symbolism-imagery.html Here's a comprehensive list]] of what each element means... supposedly.
* RuleOfThree: The three-legged chair can be interpreted as anything. [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotDidactic ANYTHING.]]
* SchoolStudyMedia: Guaranteed to be the one short story in class that you actually remember reading.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: On the cynical side.
* StepfordSuburbia
* TomatoSurprise
* TownWithADarkSecret
* TVNeverLies: ''Many'' readers wrote to the author to express their disgust at the fact that this sort of thing was happening in the modern world. Yes, it's ''{{fiction}},'' in the strongest sense of the word.
* UncannyVillage

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"The Lottery" is a 1948 short story written by Creator/ShirleyJackson.

It's June 27th in a small American village. A village of three hundred people has prepared for this day as if it were another celebration, like a square dance or a Halloween program. This event, the titular lottery, consists of selecting a family, than an individual, from the slips of paper concealed inside a splintery black box which has been used many times before. The winner (in this instance, a woman) is surprised to be selected and protests that she doesn't deserve the prize, but the whole community, impelled by the weight of tradition, insists on giving it to her. After all, a good harvest is at stake.

It would be any other quaint story if it weren't for the heavy symbolism. The story is Shirley Jackson's views on the pointlessness of violence and the inhumanity in the world, in each and every person and their own neighbors. Shirley Jackson received much hate mail for it, readers unsubscribed, and the story was banned in the Union of South Africa (the precursor to modern-day South Africa). Today it is an often used [[SchoolStudyMedia School Study Medium]].

It is probably best known as a staple of American Junior high/Middle School literature classes. It has been adapted into many kinds of media, such as radio, one-act plays, short films, a 1969 ballet, and a successful 1996 {{Made For TV Movie}}. {{Shout Out}}s in other media are not uncommon, such as ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' and ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' as well as ''SquidBillies''.

The full story can be read [[http://www.americanliterature.com/Jackson/SS/TheLottery.html here.]]
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!!!Tropes featured in the short story:


* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler: Tessie Hutchinson]]
* AFeteWorseThanDeath
* {{Foreshadowing}}: The boys stacking stones in the beginning.
** More than just them. On second reading, it's remarkable how many times stones are mentioned.
* GrumpyOldMan: Old Man Warner
* HumanSacrifice: [[spoiler:Tessie is sacrificed to make the corn harvest plentiful.]]
** There is hope, though. Mention is made of towns stopping the custom.
* InfantImmortality: Subverted. [[spoiler: In-story, it's played straight, but when someone draws the spotted paper, everyone in their family must draw again to see which one of them will die--even ''the toddler.'']]
* LotteryOfDoom
* MoralMyopia: Tessie seems well and eager to let the lottery proceed as it always has...up until [[spoiler:her chances to get stoned to death suddenly become very likely.]]
* NobodyEverComplainedBefore: The lottery continues to exist because no one questioned it until now.
** Though that may be because it's some sort of ritual to ensure a bountiful harvest. Old Man Warner recites the rhyme that accompanies the lottery: "Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon."
* PeerPressureMakesYouEvil: [[spoiler: [[AdultFear Babies smiling as they pick up pebbles to throw...]]]]
* RegularlyScheduledEvil: June 27th of every year.
* RuleOfSymbolism: [[http://www.shmoop.com/lottery-shirley-jackson/symbolism-imagery.html Here's a comprehensive list]] of what each element means... supposedly.
* RuleOfThree: The three-legged chair can be interpreted as anything. [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotDidactic ANYTHING.]]
* SchoolStudyMedia: Guaranteed to be the one short story in class that you actually remember reading.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: On the cynical side.
* StepfordSuburbia
* TomatoSurprise
* TownWithADarkSecret
* TVNeverLies: ''Many'' readers wrote to the author to express their disgust at the fact that this sort of thing was happening in the modern world. Yes, it's ''{{fiction}},'' in the strongest sense of the word.
* UncannyVillage
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20th Mar '13 12:48:02 PM Xtifr
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"The Lottery" is a 1948 short story written by Shirley Jackson.

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"The Lottery" is a 1948 short story written by Shirley Jackson.Creator/ShirleyJackson.
3rd Jan '13 9:38:57 PM Chariset
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It's June 27th in a small American village. A village of three hundred people has prepared for this day as if it were another celebration, like a square dance or a Halloween program. This event, {{the lottery}}, consists of pulling a townsperson's name, one by one, out of a splintery black box.

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It's June 27th in a small American village. A village of three hundred people has prepared for this day as if it were another celebration, like a square dance or a Halloween program. This event, {{the lottery}}, the titular lottery, consists of pulling selecting a townsperson's name, one by one, out family, than an individual, from the slips of paper concealed inside a splintery black box.
box which has been used many times before. The winner (in this instance, a woman) is surprised to be selected and protests that she doesn't deserve the prize, but the whole community, impelled by the weight of tradition, insists on giving it to her. After all, a good harvest is at stake.
16th Nov '12 3:00:06 PM DivineDeath
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* MoralMyopia: Tessie seems well and eager to let the lottery proceed as it always has...up until [[spoiler:her chances to get stoned to death suddenly become very likely.]]
18th Oct '12 9:36:46 AM SgtFrog1
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** Though that may be because it's some sort of ritual to ensure a bountiful harvest. Old Man Warner recites the rhyme that accompanies the lottery: "Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon."
26th Aug '12 2:49:23 AM theleonhearted
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* TownWithADarkSecret
7th Aug '12 9:20:35 AM Kami4
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It is probably best known as a staple of American Junior high/Middle School literature classes. It has been adapted into many kinds of media, such as radio, one-act plays, short films, a 1969 ballet, and a successful 1996 {{Made For TV Movie}}. {{Shout Out}}s in other media are not uncommon, such as ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' and ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''.

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It is probably best known as a staple of American Junior high/Middle School literature classes. It has been adapted into many kinds of media, such as radio, one-act plays, short films, a 1969 ballet, and a successful 1996 {{Made For TV Movie}}. {{Shout Out}}s in other media are not uncommon, such as ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' and ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''.
''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' as well as ''SquidBillies''.
19th Jun '12 7:25:38 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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It is probably best known as a staple of American Junior high/Middle School literature classes. It has been adapted into many kinds of media, such as radio, one-act plays, short films, a 1969 ballet, and a successful 1996 {{Made For TV Movie}}. {{Shout Out}}s in other media are not uncommon, such as ''TheSimpsons'' and ''SouthPark''.

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It is probably best known as a staple of American Junior high/Middle School literature classes. It has been adapted into many kinds of media, such as radio, one-act plays, short films, a 1969 ballet, and a successful 1996 {{Made For TV Movie}}. {{Shout Out}}s in other media are not uncommon, such as ''TheSimpsons'' ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' and ''SouthPark''.
''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''.
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