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The Lottery

The Lottery was a story of a towns old superstious traditon. The purpose of the lottery was to see who would be sacrificed so that the harvest would be plentiful. The town did whatever it could so that the harvest would be plentiful, even kill one of their loved ones. The character Mrs. Hutchinson was the winner of that years harvest and was stone to death by the towns people. Her own son even threw a couple of pebbles at her. Mrs. Hutchinson doesnt see the evil in the lottery until she realizes that she could be the winner.

It was just another social gathering to her until she was confronted with her ultimate fate. At the beginning of the story, Mrs. Hutchinsons attitude acts like its just like any other day. She knew that it was the day of the lottery, but it never crossed her mind that maybe she could die today. She walked in late and made small talk with her friends, then met with her family. It was any other social event. She never showed fear that today could be her last day living cause it never crossed her mind. Towards the middle of the story, her family gets the black dot.

Meaning that they all have to choose a sheet of paper. One of them is marked and that means that the person who receives the marked sheet is going to be sacrificed. Mrs. Hutchinson yells out that her husband was rushed during the choosing of which family gets the black dot. It seems like she is worried that a member of her family is going to die. But when her family is asked how many members are in the family, she adds her two daughters that are married into the count. Mrs. Hutchinson tried to lower the odds of her getting the black dotted card by adding two family members who shouldnt be counted.

The two daughters werent allowed to pick cards with their immediate family because it was against lottery rules because they were already married and had their husbands name. Mrs. Hutchinson is now getting paranoid. She mutters that they should start overt because it wasnt fair how her husband was rushed. Shes also pretty nervous about the outcome. Her voice raised a little as she tried to convince the people around her to start the lottery over again. At the end of the story she had an epiphany. She realized she was going to die for an unfair reason.

She says over and over again that it wasnt fair, what she was dying for. She starts to yell out to everyone that this was unfair but she was too late. Suddenly the social gathering wasnt as pleasant as it first was for her. The people she was making small talk with, her friends, and even her own son were picking up rocks and preparing to throw them at her. Mrs. Hutchinson didnt say anything about the lottery until she realized that she was the victim. Maybe her words could have stopped the lottery before it happened again, but she chose to keep her thoughts to herself.

She definantly would have found some people who felt the same way about the lottery. She could have possibly formed a group to protest the lottery, but by her just doing nothing about it, it led to her own demise. The message rang pretty clear in my ears as I read the story. The author was trying to say that humans usually dont get involved until we have to or until it involves us. Maybe our society should do the same. Instead of waiting for a problem to happen, we as a society should go out and try prevent it.

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