The Lottery, By Shirley Jackson Essay

1466 Words Jul 16th, 2015 6 Pages
During the time Shirley Jackson wrote “The Lottery” in 1948, it was a very positive time period in the United States of America. The economy recently took a turn for the better, thousands of soldiers came home from overseas, and families were reunited and rapidly growing (Boan). The United States and the allied forces had just won the Second World War and defeated arguably the most gruesome dictator in history. Not only were Americans excited about their victory in the war, but also their victory against the religious genocide in the Holocaust. Americans regarded the Holocaust as an evil act and were disturbed at the thought of the German people blindly following the orders of Adolf Hitler. Jackson’s short story was written just after the Holocaust, it speaks of execution for no good reason, and it shows normal citizens abiding blindly by outrageous rules set up that result in a human being dying. The action of the lottery itself is random and is supposedly performed for a good crop year, but it still follows Hitler’s ideals that an individual must die in order to better the people surrounding them. Even though Jackson claims that her story is not based on the Holocaust, evidence suggests that she had the holocaust somewhere in the back of her mind while writing “The Lottery.” The persecution of the Jewish people in Germany began when Adolf Hitler became chancellor in 1933. With the invasion of Poland and the beginning of World War II in 1939, the Nazi party began…

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