Who are all the characters in "The Lottery"?

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I will refer you to the link below to get a list of all of the characters, and a full description of them. I will, however, give you a brief run-down of them.

Mr. and Mrs. Adams are one of the few couples who question the lottery.

Mrs. Delacroix is a pleasant, friendly woman at the beginning of the story, but she tries to pick up a huge stone to throw at Tessie.

Mrs. Dunbar is the only woman who must draw for her family because her husband is home with a broken leg, reflecting the patriarchal (male-controlled) society. She doesn't want to participate in Tessie's stoning.

Mr. Graves is the postmaster, the second most powerful official in the community, representing the tradition of keeping things as they are. His wife accepts the lottery and is at the front when the stoning begins.

Bill Hutchinson's wife, Tessie, is selected to be sacrificed. Bill accepts this without question.

Tessie Hutchinson is the mother of four who "wins" the lottery and is stoned to death. Her last words are how unfair the lottery is.

Mr. Martin, a grocer, holds the lottery box while the slips are drawn.

Joe Summers is the village's most powerful and wealthy man and the administrator of the lottery. He keeps saying how important it is to keep the tradition of the lottery.
Old Man Warner is the oldest man in the village who has survived the lottery seventy-seven times. He feels it's necessary for the survival of the village.

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Who are the major characters in "The Lottery"?

Shirley Jackson's story "The Lottery" is included in Points of View: An Anthology of Short Stories, edited by James Moffett and Kenneth R.McElheny. In that excellent book "The Lottery" is classified as "Anonymous Narration--No Character Point of View." There is no major character in the story. The closest any character comes to qualifying as a major character would be Tessie Hutchinson. Not only is she revealed as this year's victim, but we readers can understand her growing feelings of apprehension and final terror as, first, her family of five-her husband, daughter Nancy, son Bill Jr., little Dave, and herself--become the focus of attention and curiosity, and then when the all the members of her family show that the slips they have drawn are blank.

She starts protesting when her husband draws the slip that means doom for herself or one of her family.

"You didn't give him time enough to take any paper he wanted. I saw you. It wasn't fair!"

Then she tries to have "Don and Eva" included with her family. Evidently Eva is a her older daughter who is married and whose name would no longer be Hutchinson. Tessie Hutchinson is being characterized as selfish and cowardly. We readers do not yet know what the "winner" wins in this weird lottery, but we have a pretty strong premonition by now that the prize is death.

Tessie continues to protest, but nobody will listen. One by one, her three children and her husband open their papers and show they are blank.

Bill Hutchinson went over to his wife and forced the slip of paper out of her hand. It had a black spot on it.

No other character gets as much attention as Tessie Hutchinson. This seems appropriate since the story is about a person who is stoned to death. Tessie dies still protesting.

"It isn't fair, it isn't right," Mrs. Hutchinson screamed, and then they were upon her.





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