“The Lottery” by Shirley
Group work looking at allegory
Theme: As a group, determine the
theme for “The Lottery”
• Not a moral or lesson
• Do not use “you” “everyone” “always”
• What does this reveal about humanity, not
what does it teach us as humans?
• Allegory: a narrative that serves as an
extended metaphor. The main purpose of an
allegory is to tell a story that has characters, a
setting, as well as other types of symbols, that
have both literal and figurative meanings. The
difference between an allegory and a symbol is
that an allegory is a complete narrative.
• Lord of the Rings= World Wars
• Star Trek= The Cold War
• The Matrix= Oppression of Government
• Spiderman= Everyman’s fight against evil
Possible Allegorical Connections
• Nazi Germany- the Holocaust occurs with
no opposition from German citizens
• The Draft- the Army draft occurs for men
to go to war against their will
• Racism- People go along with racist ideas
to ensure that it does not fall upon
• Consider your interpretation and, looking
at the story, see if you can find any
evidence for it.
– i.e. What possible symbolism is present that
connects to this allegorical theme?
• If this is the allegorical message, what sort
of statements do you think Jackson is
making with this piece?