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The Lottery is a short story written by Shirley Jackson This story portrays many underlying themes Inequalities between gender and class and a little sacrificial violence are deeply seeded within the story Shirley Jackson wrote The Lottery to make her readers aware of the violence inequality of gender and class inequity that surrounds society When Shirley Jackson wrote The Lottery she hoped by setting a particularly brutal ancient rite in the present and in my own village to chock the storys readers with a graphic dramatization of the pointless violencein their own lives Kosenko 1 Mrs Delacroix who gives the impression of being Tessie Hutchinsons friend selected a stone so large she had to pick it up with both hands Jackson 787 Both of the instances show that violence in the community has been accepted as condonable in the name of sacrifice The children had stones already and someone gave little Davy Hutchinson a few pebbles Jackson 787 The violence becomes unconscious because the children are taught at an early age before they can learn the reasons or the consequences of their actions Kosenko 1 Class discrimination is evident from the beginning of the story Mr Summers the owner of the coal company Mr Graves the postmaster and Mr Martin owner of the grocery store are the most powerful men in town Kosenko 1 These men not only control the town economically as well as politically but also happen to be the ones who conduct the lottery Kosenko 1 When Mr Summers asks some of you fellows want to give me a hand Jackson 782 there is feigned hesitation before Mr Martin and his son Baxter step up to steady the box The villagers are unconsciously aware that they are unable to lend assistance because of their social status Kosenko 1 Woman as an inferior is a concealed theme in The Lottery Women are considered as belongings of their
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