The Lottery is a short story which recounts the day when a small community gathers for the town lottery. It focuses specifically on Tessie Hutchinson, who arrives late to the lottery ends up drawing a black dot. Full of anticipation and foreshadowing, the story ends when the reader discovers that the person who "wins" the lottery is violently killed by the others in town, and ultimately questions the dangers of blindly following tradition.
The Lottery and Other Stories is a collection that intermingles science fiction and fantasy with stories of the ordinary world and the prejudice that occurs therein. The book deals with racism, sexism, and the smothering confines of life for women in the mid-20th century; it also examines the horrors of post-WWII society. In the titular story, for example, a seemingly normal village quickly turns to vicious violence in the name of tradition and propriety. This collection examines the absurdity of modern life and the darkness that dwells within ordinary people.