The Lottery and Other Stories

Questions: The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

8. Examine the symbolism in the story. Comment on the significance of the following:

a) the lottery date

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June 27th in the ancient Roman calendar is Initium Aestatis. It is the Roman festival of the beginning of summer. The Summer Solstice was often a time where ancient agrarian cultures held sacrifices or religious rituals to please the Gods. This is essentially what is happening in this story.