Thestory that Jackson wrote triggered many reactions from the audiencethat brought out the bad image and bad practices of the poor. Thoughthe story ideally brings out the suffering nature of the poor, mostof them feel inferior and feel downgraded. I believe the storyexplained more on the rude behavior that the poor practiced insteadof focusing on the community as a whole. By mainstreaming to onecommunity and specifying which community triggered the reaction. Anexample of the picture the story brings out is about the murder storyof whoever who picked the black circle slip of Davy Hutchinson. Thesedepict the communities as murderers among the face of other Citizens.Their general perception on those who reside in the community wouldbe affiliated with murder. The paper involves a detailed discussionabout storyline of the lottery
Anothersuitable logic notion could be that the enemies of the communityexaggerated the whole story hence giving wrong information. Theauthor’s intention could be to bring out immoral and outdatedpractices that were not just by using one community as an example.But gossips might go round that the story could be based on a truestory and that the stones that were picked by every community membersignificantly meant something. In my view the author wants us tothink of many aspects broadly and not to conclude. By so doingJackson has successfully achieved according to Jackson, Shirley. Theidea here should be that the story should not bring damage, butinstead, it should trigger our thinking on such practices. No oneknows up to now what Jackson had in mind. This factor leaves thereader curious by wanting to know much about the story.
Accordingto me, Jackson estimated that with time, as days go by she knew thatwhatever she wrote would cause hate among the well-off and the poor.This is because she criticized the rural American communityindirectly with the idea that she could reach out to the generalsociety on the nature of how human behave generally and funny she wasright. I say this because the bad letters she received and the angrymultitude brings out how people are and not the community to beprecise. Interestingly, the name winning the lottery also brings outthe aspect that human beings are very expectable. This is so becausethey want to hear what they want to hear. Jackson knows that a littletwist of what people expect is the cause of rumors and gossips andeven conflicts.
Ithink the short story also brings out the aspect on how some culturesor rather activities are embedded in our communities. The fact thatthe communities gather every year for the practice shows that they dolike it. In the story, Shirley mentions that during the warm days ofsummer, many villagers come together to participate in the lottery.She also speaks of how excited and anxious. So the big question is ifthe annual practice involves a matter of life and death why do theyeven participate in it and why are they excited. The argument here isin the aspect of governance and self-participation, the ruralcommunity will always feel they have the moral responsibility to giveinto anything even if it means giving out their lives as depicted inthe story.
Theissue of people being subjected to the rule of law is another factorthat I believe Shirley Jackson wanted to address. I am saying sobecause in the story it seems like the rural community is forced todo what is not very healthy for them. Second, their consent is notsorted, there is no room for their opinions on the activity. The twoconfusing factors can be argued from various perspectives like whywould a whole community tolerate such malpractices to take place intheir lives yet they can demonstrate. My reasoning is the odds ofthem picking the black circle are minimal against the pay fordemonstrating. They are used to the status-quo. This evident whenHutchison picks the black stone, which meant that together with hisfamily they are going to die he protests yet he went to participatein the annual event knowing the verdict
Inconclusion, most individuals within the community are not aware theirplace and are ready to compromise their lives for the sake of othersor even the community as a whole. The reason being many do not knowthat individual freedom and the autonomy of making personal decisionsis most important than believing that making a sacrifice to thecommunity is the best way. The story of Shirley Jackson “thelottery” should indeed open our minds by considering primaryguiding aspects concerning our lives rather than being swayed bypolitical interests or rather selfless needs without figuring out howto solve problems by ourselves first. It is not always good to besubmissive to the nature of situations we should try and changesituations.
Jackson,Shirley. TheLottery.Mankato, MN: Creative Education, 2008. Print.