The lottery is an arrangement where people pay money for a chance to win a prize. Some prizes are very large, while others are small. The lottery is often used to raise money for charity, state programs, and other public purposes. Some of the money is deducted for costs and profits, and the rest is distributed to winners. The chances of winning a prize vary by lottery type, and the size of the prizes can affect ticket sales.
Shirley Jackson’s story, The Lottery, takes place in a rural village that believes in the power of tradition and social order. The story focuses on several themes, including family, sacrifice, and scapegoating. The main theme of this short story is that humanity is capable of great violence, especially when it is couched in the name of tradition or social order.
The story begins when Mr. Summers and Mr. Graves plan the lottery arrangements with the big families of the town. Each family gets a set of tickets, and all the tickets are blank except for one that is marked with a black dot. The tickets are then folded up and put into a wooden box that is kept in Mr. Summers’ office. The next day, everyone gathers at the village square to watch the drawing of the tickets. When the boy from the Hutchinson family draws, readers realize that the lottery is not about winning. Instead, it is about avoiding punishment and saving the family from being stoned to death.