The Lottery


Resource Pack for:The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

Created by Melissa Flett


Jackson wrote this story in 1948. She set it during this time.

She said that she wanted to, “shock the readers with a graphic dramatization of the pointless violence and general inhumanity of their own lives.”

Jackson lived between 1916 and 1965. She was alive for some devastating acts of cruelty and intolerance.

Here are some that happened before she wrote The Lottery:

  • WWII – 1939-1945
  • Segregation in the USA of blacks and whites
  • Hiroshima atomic bomb – 1945
  • Cold War – 1946 – 1991 (USA + allies vs Soviet Union + allies