In "The Lottery," what is the significance of Tessie's final scream? What aspect of the lottery does she explicitly challenge?
When Tessie Hutchinson hears that her husband, Bill, has drawn the slip of paper that means someone in his family will be sacrificed in the next round of the drawing, Tessie protests to the officials, saying "you didn't give him time enough to take any paper he wanted. I saw you. It wasn't fair!"
Tessie tries to avoid drawing but is reminded that "daughters draw with their husband's families." Again, Tessie complains that this is unfair, insisting that "Don and Eva . . . take their chance." Once she has drawn her slip from the box, Tessie's husband has to pry the slip of paper from her clenched hand.
As the villagers surround her with their stones, Tessie first says, then screams, "It isn't fair! It isn't right!" and then the others begin pelting her. Tessie openly challenges the legitimacy of the lottery, while others are silently complicit or speak only in low voices that other communities "have already quit lotteries."