Lottery is a type of gambling wherein people buy tickets for a chance to win big sums of money. These are usually run by states and the federal government. There are several different kinds of lotteries: financial, sporting and charitable. The main principle is that a person must pay something (money, work, property etc) for a chance at winning. This is the main difference between a lottery and other gambling types, such as casino games. Modern lotteries include those used for military conscription, commercial promotions in which property is given away by a random procedure, and the selection of jury members.
The story of Tessie Hutchinson and the lottery illustrates that people are often willing to do almost anything for a piece of the pie. In order to do so, they have to sacrifice their morals. However, this is not a good thing as it makes the society less empathetic to the downtrodden. It also leads to a sense of entitlement and superiority among those who win the lottery. Those who lose, on the other hand, have to suffer.
There are some people who play the lottery all the time and spend a huge part of their incomes on it. This defies the expectations that you might have, because these people know that the odds are bad. They are aware of all the quotes unquote systems that don’t really borne out statistically about lucky numbers and stores and times to buy the tickets, but they have decided, logically, that it is their last, best or only hope.
Many states promote their lotteries as ways to help the poor, but this is an illusion. These programs are in fact a kind of hidden tax on the middle and lower classes, and they expose them to addictive behavior that can have long-term consequences. In addition, they encourage irrational decision making, a dangerously slippery slope.
The events in the story reveal that Jackson is a social critic. He focuses on the underlying evil of human nature in a lighthearted and friendly setting. He depicts the cruelty of the villagers in an almost playful manner. His use of characterization methods is impressive. For example, his description of the villagers’ casual greetings and gossiping illustrates their hypocritical and inhuman nature. He also uses the metaphor of a giant rock to express the rage and determination of Mrs. Delacroix. This short story teaches the reader about the lottery’s hypocritical and evil nature in an engaging way. It is a must-read for all adults and kids alike. It should be used in high school and college money & personal finance classes as well as K-12 curriculums. Moreover, this article is available as an easy-to-understand video. You can access it by clicking the link below. This is a great resource for kids & teens to learn about the lottery in a fun & interesting way! The author would like to thank the publishers of this video. Please share this post if you enjoyed it!