I know that I thought it was brilliantly done; Jackson set the tone so well. She paints a bright, cheerful picture to start. It's a beautiful sunny day and the whole town is gathering, like for a town picnic. They're drawing for something, you think, I wonder what that is.
It's not until the 5th last paragraph that Jackson pulls the rug out from under your feet - and so quickly that I had to re-read the pivotal line about three times before...more
This short story is terrifically written, but is completely horrifying. It begins on a light note, but it doesn't take long for the reader to notice the ominous undertone in Jackson's writing. This story brings emphasis to irrationality, mob mentality, and cruelty in human nature. It effectively demonstrates that tradition can't be excused for the sake of being tradition. This is a well written story with a powerful message- I definitely recommend it.
The Lottery was...more
"Is that it?" was my first thought upon finishing. The only thing saving this is the thought that it was written in 1948, post-WWII. Wartime involved conscription, a national lottery picking random men to become soldiers and sending them to die. Thinking of The Lottery in light of this and the complicit conformity and reluctance to abandon tradition, together with the similarity to The Hunger Games provided enough context for me to appreciate this short story.
It's one of my all time classics. It's been pilfered thousands of times by wanna-be writers and reworked to death by people who have no original thoughts of their own. It's been made into " Twilight Zone" and " Tales From The Crypt" scripts in one form or another and even into full length movies, YA novels, yes even the greats have stolen this idea....claiming to be original and new.
But this, THIS is the one, the only, the classic terrifying b...more
Reading this post-Hunger Games, going into the story I had a suspicion that the lottery winner would be something undesirable, yet the actions of the townsfolk had me second-guessing the entire time what the outcome would be.
Jackson cheerfully paints the setting of a perfectly normal town, where everyone has gathered for some kind of recurring annual ritual that lasts approximately two hours. Why are they there? Why do people seem nervous? Yet there is also a sense of no...more
La lotteria ★★★★★
Un tranquillo paese si prepara all'estrazione della lotteria.
Tutte le famiglie sono coinvolte e l'estrazione segue una burocrazia stabilita e evoluta nel corso degli anni, sembra un momento di festa perfetto, ma la conclusione piomba sul lettore come una mannaia.
Lo sposo ★★★★
Racconto misterioso e ambiguo sulla ricerca dello sposo di cui non si conosce nulla, sfocia nel gene...more
I could see the ending coming, which took away a bit of the shock (but not the enjoyment). I'm not sure if I predicted the end because my mind works that way, or because it is so well signposted...more
Shirley Jackson and I have this thing. I want to like her stories, and I get all "Yay! I'm going to just LOVE this one because THIS is the story that people think of when they think of Shirley Jackson!"... except, that's kind of been all of them, and they all have let me down in some way.
This one... well... I think it needed more violence. The climax was just kind of "...andthenthishappenedtheend." It needed more oomph. More, "Holy shit are you kidding me? WTF!"
Oh yes, yes, I...more
"The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson is my favorite short story. It takes place in a town, in which there is an annual lottery. The townspeople take turns selecting a slip of paper from the box, and whoever gets the paper marked with a dot wins the lottery. The story starts off with the townspeople all cheery, and arriving at the yearly lottery; the children are playing, and gathering stones, and laughing. We learn the backgrounds of a few of the characters, such as Tessie Hutchinso...more
The writing of this story was strong, there were a lot of briefly-mentioned but well-defined characters, and the story kept the pages turning. It read like an episode of The Twilight Zone,...more
"...I have always loved to use fear, to take it and comprehend it and make it work and consolidate a situation where I was afraid and take it whole and work from there...I delight in what I fear." -- from an unsent letter to poet Howard Nemerov by Shirley Jackson.
Shirley Jackson (1916-1965) ebbe successo in vita, ma è soprattutto negli ultimi anni che la critica si è occupata dei suoi lavori. Il suo racconto più famoso è proprio “La lotteria”, in cui suggerisce che dietro una bucolica America di...more
Shirley Jackson’s short story, “The Lottery,” starts on a beautiful day in June, with the entire population of a village meeting in the town square for the annual lottery. The lottery is a task that takes “less than two hours,” beginning at ten in the morning and ending “in time to allow the villagers to get home for noon dinner” or to “go back to work” (594, 596). Jackson writing builds intrigue, telling us about the lottery’s tradition that predates the entire village’s denizens and s...more
Honestly, I can still remember sitting at my desk, reading it in English class (it was part of a series in one of our textbooks).
What was the...more
Pequenos indícios são fornecidos ao longo do conto e, desde cedo, sentimos algo sombrio que se aproxima e abre caminho entre as coisas mais inocentes, tingindo-as de uma inevitabilidade arrepiante.
Although this story is well written,I don't like it a bit,I don't think anyone does! I'm still in shock! what was the reason behind this lottery??????
The Lottery non si basa sul non-detto, non dà l'idea che ci sia qualcos'altro che possa chiarire la storia, qualcosa a cui debba arrivare il lettore. Certo, sembra tutto da ricondurre a una tradizione antica: ciò non toglie che almeno io ho difficoltà a immaginarmi una motivazione convincente per cui si cominci e si continui una lotte...more
Il libro è una raccolta di 4 racconti, 85 pagine in totale. Il primo racconto, "La Lotteria", è probabilmente il migliore, anche se lo stile dell'autrice emerge meglio negli altri tre. Shirley Jackson (donna, americana, anni '50, società perbenista, le donne non lavorano,...) scrive davvero bene. Nel secondo racconto, ad esempio, le bastano pochi paragrafi per dipingere un personaggio femminile con straordinaria abilità.
Tutti e 4 i racconti so...more
Okay, so I had to read this short story for my literature class last year. It looked pretty boring. The story is about these people live in a town that draws a lottery every once in a while. The writing style was extremely old-fashioned, so I got turned off immediately. The first part of the book just describes the steps of drawing the lottery and so forth. Then the lottery began. What it's a lottery for, you'll have to read and find out.
This book disturbed me greatly. T...more
Professor Nicole Castle
29 November 2012
On a warm and sunny summer morning, families take a break from their everyday activities to gather for a civic activity. Children play, men discuss farm business, and women gossip. The first few paragraphs of Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” set us up for a quaint story about rural America. The third person point of view gives us an objective illustration of the ordinary. As we read further, though, we see something m...more
First published in 1948, Jackson's The Lottery is considered one of the most famous short stories in the history of American literature (as seen on Wikipedia).
My thoughts: I thought "The Lottery" was the funny story our teachers in English used to make us read! You know, where the husband won the "lottery" and he got rich blah blah. Well, it's the exact opposite of the s...more
Jackson speaks to the power of society, the lure of tradition, the ease of group-think. I have researched this short story. When it was first published in The New Yorker in 1948, it created an unprecede...more
The beginning of the story paints a happy, light-hearted picture of this very small town and its people. You don't really get any hint of what's going on in the background, but the tone of both the narrator and the characters surrounding the "lottery" is cryptic, which simultaneously kept me reading, and ruined the ending for me.
I went away from this story thinking,...more
She is best known for her dystopian short story, "The Lottery" (1948), which suggests there is a deeply unsettling underside to bucolic, smalltown Ameri...more