Lottery – A Book Review

Lottery is an example of a tradition that can be harmful to society. The story highlights how people can blindly follow traditions that cause suffering or harm, and encourages readers to question traditions that are ingrained in their culture.

The lottery is a game in which a person has the chance to win a prize by selecting a series of numbers or symbols on a piece of paper. The prizes vary in value, but usually a single large prize is offered. Many states offer state-sponsored lotteries that raise money for a variety of public purposes. Private lotteries are also widely used in the United States. They can be conducted by churches, civic groups, or individuals.

Tessie’s reaction to the lottery shows how easily people can be manipulated by traditional practices that lack moral foundations. Her reaction catalyzes the reader to reconsider their beliefs about the arbitrary nature of fate and the role of violence in society.

The lottery has been a popular way to distribute property and slaves since ancient times. It was a common dinner entertainment during Saturnalian feasts in ancient Rome. Lotteries were also a popular way to entertain guests in the 1700s, and they were used as a source of income for various projects in the colonies. However, religious and moral sensibilities began to turn against gambling in general in the 1800s. Corruption was also a factor in the decline of lotteries. Lottery promoters were often accused of selling tickets and absconding with the proceeds without awarding any prizes.