Short Story Recommendation: “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson
“The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson is a suspenseful and thought-provoking short story that explores the dangers of blindly following tradition. Set in a seemingly idyllic small town, the story begins on the morning of the town’s annual lottery, where all residents must draw slips of paper from a black box to determine who will be chosen for a gruesome ritual sacrifice.
As the lottery proceeds, tensions mount and the true nature of the tradition is revealed, leaving readers questioning the morality and logic behind such a brutal custom.
Despite its controversial subject matter, “The Lottery” is a masterful display of storytelling and social commentary that continues to captivate readers more than 70 years after its initial publication.