Topic: Discussion Board post on Short Story “The Lottery” By Shirley Jackson


Choose three of the following to answer in your initial post. Be sure to write in complete sentences and proofread your work carefully. If you happen to use any quotes from the text or outside resources (not required here), you must cite them according to MLA standards.

After making your initial post, reply to at least two of your classmates’ posts , but at least one of those MUST BE ON A DIFFERENT QUESTION than you answered.

1. What associations does the word lottery have for you? Are they relevant to the story?

2. Comment on the ending of the first paragraph.

3. On what other occasions might the people of the village gather in the way they do for the lottery? Mr. Summers is in charge of “civic activities.” Is the lottery one of these? Explain.

4. Discuss the degree to which the tradition of the lottery has been kept. Why does no one want to make a new box? Why is the whole institution not abandoned?

5. Examine the character of Tessie Hutchinson. She claims that her fate is not fair. Is there any reason why she should be singled out? Is she a tragic heroine? Consider her cry, “There’s Don and Eva. . . . Make them take their chance!”

6. On your first reading, when did you begin to suspect what happens at the end of the story? How soon might it become evident? What are the most important hints?

7. One reason the ending can surprise a reader is that the villagers never speak directly of what they are about to do.Why not? Are they ashamed? afraid?

8. Comment on the conversation between the Adamses and Old Man Warner. What is the implication of Steve Adams’s last appearance in the story?

9. Does the rhyme “Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon” adequately explain the institution of the lottery? What other reasons might people have for such behavior? What is the social function of a scapegoat?

10. After her family has received the black spot, Tessie complains, but Mrs. Delacroix tells her, “Be a good sport, Tessie.” Comment on this choice of words.

11. Discuss the reaction of the Hutchinson family. Why does the lottery single out a family first and then a victim?

12. Old Man Warner says, “People ain’t the way they used to be.” Are they? What does he mean?

13. Why are the people in such a hurry to “finish”?

14. What is the implication of “someone gave little Davy Hutchinson a few pebbles”?

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