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When Bill Hutchinson draws the unlucky lot, Mrs. Hutchinson wants to include Eva why?...

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em444 | Student, Undergraduate | Honors

Posted September 20, 2012 at 1:57 AM via web

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When Bill Hutchinson draws the unlucky lot, Mrs. Hutchinson wants to include Eva why? Is Tessie right in feeling that something was "unfair"?

The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

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Lorraine Caplan | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted September 20, 2012 at 2:16 AM (Answer #1)

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Mrs. Hutchinson wants to include Eva because that lessens the odds that she will be chosen.  More family members would be included in the draw, meaning that there would be less of a chance that Mrs. Hutchinson would be the one picked.  The implication, which many readers seem to miss, is that she is perfectly comfortable sacrificing her own daughter to save herself.

In my opinion, there is nothing in the story to suggest that there is anything at all unfair about the lottery. The person who is chosen is bound to find it unfair.   However, having said that, I must say that Mrs. Hutchinson is such a selfish, hypocritical person that I sometimes have wondered whether Shirley Jackson felt she had to kill her off at the end of the story. 

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