The Lottery and Other Stories


5. Jackson gives interesting names to a number of her characters. Explain the possible allusions, irony or symbolism of some of these:

● Delacroix

● Graves

● Summers

● Bentham

● Hutchinson



Asked by
Last updated by Aslan
Answers 1
Add Yours

The irony around Graves and Summers is evident when we see what exactly the lottery entails.

Tessie Hutchinson's name is based on the famous Massachusetts Bay Colony religious pioneer named Anne Hutchinson. She was labeled a heretic and excommunicated or kicked out of the Puritan Church.

Jeremy Bentham was a British philosopher who advocated the separation of church and state.

The French translation for Delacroix is "of the cross."

Old Man Warner "warns" people not to stop the lottery.

I believe "Mars" was the Roman god of war.