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The Religious Beliefs of Others The Lottery In Shirley Jacksons The Lottery there is a conflict between male authority and female resistance The Lottery attempts to explain an obscured way of controlling female sexuality In this short story the women are not allowed to take part in the drawing This is significant because their exclusion from the lottery leaves their fate to be decided by the males in the society The society in this story is patriarchal I believe one theme in this story is that people forget the importance of life until they loose their own Jacksons insights and observations about man and society are disturbing and in the case of The Lottery they are shocking The lottery enforces an unfair distinction in class status between men and women Women are subordinate in the social power structure of the village as shown when Mrs Hutchinsons family is chosen in the first round Objecting that her daughter and son-in-law did not take their chance 269 Mr Summers reminds her that daughters draw with their husbands families 269 showing that power is exclusively held in the hands of males in the family Women as housewives must submit to their husbands power over them because as men in the work force they are linked to the community economically and provide for the family Mrs Hutchinson however rebels against this male domination Arriving late she raises suspicions of resistance to everything the lottery represents When her family name is called she pushes her husband Get up there Bill 268 In doing so she acts rebelliously ironically contradicting custom by reversing the accepted power relation between husbands and wives In her name Hutchinson Jackson alludes to the religious reformer Anne Hutchinson who because she was a woman preacher was considered a threat to society and strict Puritan laws She was banished from her society as Tessie is stoned and eliminated In this way Jackson shows that
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