The Lottery and Other Stories


What do you understand to be the writer's own attitude toward the lottery and the stoning? Exactly what in the story makes her attitude clear to us?

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Shirley Jackson meant this piece to be a piece of satirical irony. She wanted people to be surprised and upset, yet examine their own world for similar themes and motifs. Many readers wrote to Jackson and to the magazine to express outrage regarding the harrowing story of a ritual of human sacrifice. Jackson herself was surprised by the response elicited by "The Lottery." Nonetheless, the story launched her distinguished career as a writer.