Shirley Jackson was an American author born on December 14th, 1919 in San Francisco. When she was younger she moved to Rochester, New York and graduated from Syracuse University in 1940. Her most famous short story is known as “The lottery.” The style of most of her works is known to be very odd but original, as the main characters often experience a downfall.
In the beginning of the story we are introduced to the main character Miss Strangeworth whom all she talks about is her roses. It is a nice sunny day, and she was walking to her town’s grocery store. After she picks up the groceries that she needs she walks back home and meet a couple of town’s people. She talks to them and discusses their problems and situations they are dealing with at home. When she gets home, she immediately goes to her desk and starts writing anonymous letters to her fellow town’s people. The letters that she writes are not pleasant; in fact they are a total opposite. They are harsh evil letters that she writes regarding the specific problems that her fellow towns people have. For example one letter she writes is to a young couple that juts recently had a child. They are scared that their 6-month child still cannot walk and move around much and so she writes to them anonymously “ Didn’t you ever see an idiot child before? Some people just shouldn’t have children should they?” It is obvious that these letters are harsh. For Miss Strangeworth evening walk, she goes to the post office at night so that no one can see her dropping her letters off. That day when she goes to drop of her 3 letters that she had written she doesn’t notice that one of them gets caught at the edge and falls out of the post box. One of the Harris boys sees and tries to call her but it is to late she has already gone. Harris recognizes the name to whom it should be sent to and agrees to drop it off himself to the person it is for. The next morning Miss Strangeworth wakes up and goes to her front...