First they came for the socialists

“First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.” The chosen story is called “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, written in the late 1940s. The story takes place in a small village, on June 27, with only about 300 people, just as the saying goes, “Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon.” Every June, the village does' something altogether that’s called “The Lottery” where one person’s name gets picked out from a box and then all the villagers contribute to stoning that ‘chosen person’ to death. The lesson from this story is to speak out before it’s too late because Mrs Hutchinson had not spoken out before it was her turn.

Maybe there is more to a good thing, maybe those good things lead to a bad ending for others. By the examples, ‘ “Daughters draw with their husbands' families, Tessie,” Mr. Summers said gently. “You know that as well as anyone else.” “It wasn’t fair,” Tessie said’ (Jackson, 6). Just as the saying goes,” Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon.” There was something good coming to the village, but there had to be a sacrifice. In particular, ‘ “It isn’t fair, it isn’t right,” Mrs. Hutchinson screamed, and then they were upon her” (Jackson, 8). Mrs Hutchinson only stated to speak out when it was her turn. The village is going to be eating good but Mrs Hutchinson was the cost for others happiness and this all happened from a worn-out box.

Why should you keep doing something, if you don’t even take care of? As an illustration, “The original paraphernalia for the lottery had been lost long ago, and the black box now resting on the stool had been put into use even before Old Man Warner, the oldest man in town, was born” ... “The black box grew shabbier each year: by now it was no longer completely black but splintered badly along one side to show the original wood color, and in some places faded or strained” (Jackson, 2). They don't take care of the box and so it will eventually decline. The village had so little interest in the box, that they lost the first one. In addition to this, ‘ “There’s always been a lottery,” he added petulantly. “ Bad enough to see young Joe Summers up there joking with everybody.” “Some places have already quit lotteries.” Mrs. Adams said.’ (Jackson, 5). They were doing something that they don’t remember the point of it. Some of the other communities started to quite because maybe they are thinking that this ‘tradition’ is not really of any use. 

In conclusion, the lesson from this story is to speak out before it’s too late. Even though there are possibly other lesson’s that are in this story, the lesson about speaking out is more distinct to others. By reading this essay, you should have learned that speaking out before it is too late would be better in any type of situation, especially if you're in a situation like Miss Hutchinson.