Long before The Hunger Games there was Shirley Jackson’s
The Lottery is a very short story of a small village, a yearly event of “the lottery” takes place in which one person in the town is randomly chosen via a drawing and wins “the lottery.” I don’t want to tell you what they “win” from the lottery, it would spoil the entire story but it’s not millions of dollars.
is an example of people following and not leading. Powerlessness seems to hold the villagers hostage so they conform and participate in this yearly event despite the fact there is no evidence forcing the inhabitants to continually conduct and participate. Also persecution is strongly present and disturbingly so.
This story packs a strong and powerful message. Jackson uses few words nonetheless penetrating the reader. The reader is enthralled from the start and the build up is great, you know something huge is lurking. Haunting, eerie and frightening, most of all memorable. A must read for all,
The Lottery makes The Hunger Games look like a walk in the park.
Published March 16th 2005 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published 1948)