The Lottery by Shirley Jackson


Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery:

French Holocaust survivor David Rousset’s L’Univers concentrationnaire (1946), “which argues that the concentration camps were organized according to a carefully planned system that relied on the willingness of prisoners to harm each other.”


The American writer and intellectual Henry David Thoreau suggested that you have a moral responsibility for your government; that when the government does something wrong — say, handing out “free” small-pox infected blankets to Native American Indian tribes — that it’s not right to simply blame the government, because by extension that government belongs to you and acts on your behalf. So the blame belongs to you as well. That is part of the foundation for many of the ideas he advocates in his essay On Civil Disobedience. (from )



Quiz: The Lottery Reading Comprehension