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Read The Lottery ↠ E-book, or Kindle E-pub è 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

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People after all choosing their numbers for the annual lottery What's there to be scared o. A short story with a nasty sting that leaves you uestioning human nature I also note now that this is review #666 Like Ursula Le Guin’s The Ones Who Walked Away from Omelas which I reviewed HERE it opens idyllically“ The morning of June 27th was clear and sunny with the fresh warmth of a full summer day; the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green The people of the village began to gather” in this case for the annual public lottery And like Omelas there is vague foreshadowing of some darker taboo universally known but reluctantly accepted What little challenge there is is uickly uashed The power of crowds consensus community or mobWhat made this especially unsettling is that unlike Omelas there is no reason given beyond that of tradition The participants don’t know or remember And for readers there are no clues of time past or future or culture is religion or political regime a factor or place We like to think we’re good people who would only do cruel things in extremis when there is no alternative Jackson’s story suggests the threshold may be much lower if the rightwrong environment is set up This was published shortly after WW2 Perhaps she was wondering how previously ordinary people came to commit atrocities See also Kafka's short story In the Penal Colony which I reviewed HERE Another outsider like the narrator here observing strange and disturbing local customs You can read the story here

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The LotteryThat creeps up on you slowly without any clear indication of why This is just a townful of. A classic of stoic gothic horror yet with a twist that leaves the reader thinking Like any great short story this demonstrates the power of that medium by brutal efficiency Subtle but the Lottery also reveals Jackson's talent for characterizationA chilling allegory there is value in tradition but beware blind faith