The Lottery review Ñ 108

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That creeps up on you slowly without any clear indication of why This is just a townful of. The Lottery Shirley JacksonThe Lottery is a short story by Shirley Jackson written mere months before its first publication in the June 26 1948 issue of The NewYorker The story describes a fictional small town which observes an annual ritual known as the lotteryعنوانها قرعه کشی؛ بخت آزمایی، لاتاری، نویسنده شرلی جکسون، تاریخ نخستین خوانش بیست و پنجم ماه جولای سال 2015 میلادیعنوان قرعه کشی؛ نویسنده شرلی جکسون، مترجم احمد گلشیری؛ در 15 صعنوان بخت آزمایی، ترجمه و نقد فاطمه فولادی و مریم خردمند، گلستانه، 1388عنوان لاتاری، ترجمه فرزاد ابرقویی، تهران، غنچه، 1393، در 17 ص، شابک 9786007721056؛لاتاری داستان دهکده‌ ای است، که هر سال در روز بیست و هفم از ماه ژوئن، مردمان دهکده، دور هم گرد آمده، و آیین قربانی کردن کسی را انجام می‌دهند قربانی با لاتاری قرعه‌ کشی انتخاب می‌شود ا شربیانی

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The LotteryPeople after all choosing their numbers for the annual lottery What's there to be scared o. OK so when I chose to read this story I knew it was going to be 1984 level I expected something twisted and sick But I was surprised by how twisted and sick it really was I’m not going to talk about characters or style these things don’t matter Anyone with some talent could have written it even though I loved how normal it all seemed until the end it fooled me big time Nah it’s only about the the message And for the message alone it deserves 5 stars

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The Lottery review Ñ 108 Å Shirley Jackson's The Lottery is a memorable and terrifying masterpiece fueled by a tension that creeps up on you slowly without any clear indication of why This is just a townful of people after all choosing their numbers for the annual lottery What's there to be scared ofShirley Jackson's The Lottery is a memorable and terrifying masterpiece fueled by a tension. Science Imitating ArtJackson’s story was published in 1948 At the time and since it has been praised as insightful and criticised as obscure But almost 20 years later the French philosopher Rene Girard produced a theory which has a remarkable congruence with its theme and I think provides the best explanation of what Jackson was getting at in The LotteryGirard argued that our individual desires are never the product of some inner longing but always rather of the imitation of others We want what other people want This he called ‘mimetic desire’ and Girard went on to explore the implications of this insight for the next half centuryMimetic desire according to Girard has a predictable trajectory that is familiar to advertising executives around the world One person wants what another has just because the other has it This attracts the desire of others in a sort of exponential wave of wanting But widespread wanting of anything means first a shortage of that commodity and conseuently the mutual antagonism of all those who share the same desire Girard’s contention is that this incipient hostility threatens to create a sort of Hobbesian world a non society in which no cooperative or coordinated action including effective government can be establishedHuman beings Girard believed deal with this situation unconsciously and instinctively by the mechanism of ‘scape goating’ through which a group identifies one of its own members as the cause of its mimetic tension This individual is both sacred and an object of communal hatred The elimination of this individual is therefore not just necessary for the welfare of the community but also forms the basis of religious practice in which the role of the scape goat is transformed into a noble dutyGirard goes even further in his later work to claim that the ritual establishment of the scape goat is the most primitive form of representation and conseuently of language that human beings have demonstrated In a sense the essential foundation for human power in the world is religious violence which victimizes random members or groups in modern societyWhether or not one agrees with Girard’s anthropology and there is a substantial body of evidence to recommend it his literary usefulness is demonstrated by the application of his theory to The Lottery The theory explains among other things the liturgical character of the story; its origins in a distant past; its particular relevance to a relatively isolated agricultural community; and its connection to a paternalistic hierarchy whose continued existence depends on the ritual As far as I am aware Girard did not read The Lottery; but since he was in America at the time he might have done In any case it is certainly remarkable that an author of fiction like Jackson could have written such a tight short story which captures so much of subseuent academic work Thus demonstrating if demonstration were needed the tremendous importance of fiction to cultural lifeFor an introduction to Girard’s work see