The Lottery and Its Setting

Lottery is a game of chance in which people try to win money. It is usually played by groups of people, and it has a number of rules that must be followed. The rules vary from country to country, and the winnings are also different. Some states allow only a certain amount of money to be won, while others do not limit the winnings at all. Some countries even organize state-owned lotteries. There are many reasons to play a lottery, and it is an exciting way to earn money. The first reason is to have fun and to enjoy the experience of playing it. The second reason is to help the poor and the needy. The third reason is to help a family, friends or an individual that is struggling financially.

In colonial America, lotteries were a popular means to raise funds for public works and private ventures. They were used to finance the construction of roads, canals, bridges, libraries, churches and colleges. They were also a major source of revenue for the American colonies during the French and Indian Wars. However, despite their popularity, these lotteries were outlawed in the 1820s due to their widespread abuses. Today, state-run lotteries operate under similar legal structures as private businesses. They start with a legislative monopoly; establish a public corporation to run the lottery (instead of licensing a private firm); begin operations with a modest number of relatively simple games; and then, due to pressures for increased revenues, progressively expand their size and complexity, particularly in the form of new games.

The short story, “The Lottery,” by Shirley Jackson takes place in a small town in rural America. Its setting is one of its most distinctive characteristics, as it reflects the enduring influence of tradition on this community. The story reveals the many ways in which people are bound to their traditions and customs, even when they disagree with them. The characters’ actions and reactions to events exemplify this fact.

This article examines how the writer uses characterization methods in the context of the setting in “The Lottery.” The most prominent of these methods is through action and general behavior. For example, the act of picking a rock from a pile expresses a character’s determination and resolve.

Moreover, the story also discusses the power of society and social norms. Tessie Hutchinson’s reaction to the lottery symbolizes this theme, as it demonstrates how she has become a victim of society’s system. In addition, it suggests how the scapegoating of Tessie serves to defuse the average villager’s deep, inarticulate dissatisfaction with the social order by channeling it into anger directed against the lottery victims (Kosenko pp). In this way, the lottery becomes an ideological mechanism.