In Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery," who helps Mr. Summers set up the lottery?

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" tells of a longtime tradition the villagers of a small farming community hold. Annually, the villagers gather on June 27th to conduct the lottery. The head of the lottery is Mr. Summers . According to the text, Mr. Summers not only conducts the...

Unlock
This Answer Now

Start your 48-hour free trial to unlock this answer and thousands more. Enjoy eNotes ad-free and cancel anytime.

Start your 48-Hour Free Trial

Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" tells of a longtime tradition the villagers of a small farming community hold. Annually, the villagers gather on June 27th to conduct the lottery. The head of the lottery is Mr. Summers. According to the text, Mr. Summers not only conducts the lottery, he is also in charge of the teen club, square dances, and the Halloween party.

As he approaches the square, Mr. Summers calls out for help from some of the "fellows." Hesitantly, Mr. Martin and his son, Baxter, come up to help Mr. Summers. Both Martin and his son hold the black box steady on the stool as Mr. Summers stirs around the pieces of paper the box was holding.

Approved by eNotes Editorial Team