The Lottery and Other Stories

The Lottery

This is a different sort of story when you read it for the second time. What elements (such as Mrs. Hutchinson's attempt to have her daughter, Eva, draw with the family) might take on a different meaning the second time through?

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I actually caught the irony of this the first time when I first read it so many years ago. Still, it is disturbing that Tessie would freely offer up her own daughters to take her place. The irony of the names also comes through on second reading. There is Mr. Summers who is in charge of a morbid task. There is also Mr. Graves whose name kind of speaks for itself.