Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" Jackson gives interesting names to some characters, explain the possible allusion or symbolism of “Hutchinson”

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Tessie Hutchinson's name definitely has a historical context and a much deeper meaning that goes along nicely with the dark outcome of"The Lottery."  Consider the archaic practices of a village that stone to death a woman, a wife and a mother. 

Anne Hutchinson led prayer groups in 1637 in Boston.  She was known to be outspoken, and even critical of some of the local ministers.  She was put on trial by the local religious authorities and banished from the community.  Hutchinson's trial was the precursor of the more famous Salem Witch Trials. 

Is Tessie Hutchinson acting as Anne Hutchinson would have and did?  Anne was clearly vocal about her beliefs, and her actions cost her.  Tessie is also vocal about the unfairness of the drawing, but unlike Anne, receives no second chance.

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