"The Lottery" Overview

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Clearly, opinion within the community is divided as to the usefulness and the efficacy--not to mention the humanity--of this lottery. Yet when Tessie Hutchinson complains after her husband Bill has drawn the marked slip of paper, it is Bill who tells her to shut up...
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The polarization of the crowd as they hope it is not any of the children who are chosen shows again the persuasiveness of the patriarchal order: sons have priority as do children in general; mothers, however, are expendable. To Tessie's low-voiced comment that "It isn't fair," none of the villages responds with sympathy; even her best women friends throw rocks at her, under the justification that the old custom, the old order, is the right premise for living life...
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