What is a Lottery?

A lottery is a game where people win money by picking numbers. People can play the lottery through their state’s government or private organizations. Some states keluaran macau hari ini have only one lottery while others have several. The games involve choosing numbers from a large set of balls, each numbered between 1 and 50 (some have more or less). In the past, lotteries were a popular way to raise money for various public uses. For example, the first church buildings in America were built with lottery funds. Also, the famous Columbia University was created with lottery money.

Shirley Jackson’s short story “The Lottery” is about a harsh ritual conducted in a small village. Although the word lottery usually reminds us of a drawing for cash prizes, this story is about much more than that. It is about blindly following tradition and the grotesque prejudice that exists in even the most peaceful looking places.

Mr. Summers, who represents authority in this story, brings out a black wooden box and stirs the papers inside of it. The heads of the families draw their papers and then open them to read the results. When Bill Hutchinson’s name is drawn, he seems stoic but his late wife Tessie panics and tries to argue with Mr. Summers and Mr. Graves about the results of the lottery.

Eventually, the other members of the villagers gather around and collectively stone the head of Bill’s family to death. The author of the story Shirley Jackson used this theme to show how cruel and violent a society can be when it is driven by blind loyalty to old traditions.

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