Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” wasfirst published in 1948 in the NewYorker. The story takes place duringthe Depression, giving the story moreof a setting. “The Lottery” has manyreaders confused with the truemeaning behind the story. A lot ofother critiques say that “The Lottery”fails at the surprise ending, that it isunrealistic and that there is nocharacter development.
To me, “The Lottery”s ending wasvery surprising.When I read the title, Iimmediately thought of a draw ofsome sort, definitely not a prize ofbeing stoned though. I do agree that itis extremely unrealistic, stoning is notseen as a tradition anywhere.Character development is limited,there isn’t very much to go off of.
Readers are lead to think that theLottery day is just another normal day.The tone is easy-going and casual. Thelottery just happens to fit into the dayand finishes just in time for noondinner. Jackson says that there arekids pilling up rocks, making it seemlike a game. The tone of the storyslowly turns into panic and tense. Thestory keeps readers reading andguessing right up until the end!
Quirky, but excellent read! - Village Voice• Surprise ending, would have never expected that. - New Yorker• Very communist vs. capitalist -Slant Magazine