The second short story I remember reading in high school was Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery. It has been almost forty years, but I can remember how I felt reading it as if it were yesterday. For most of the story, I thought the story was ordinary and boring. When I got to the ending, I was shocked. Based on The New Yorker’s article about letters received about the story when it was originally published, my reaction was not unique.
If you’ve read the story, you should read Ruth Franklin’s article. If you haven’t read it, you should, and then check out Franklin’s article. Either way, I can’t help but think Jackson would be happy her story remains so controversial more than sixty years after she wrote it. (OP 12/10/2013)