Characters

The most important characters in the story “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson are Tessie Hutchinson, the “winner” of the lottery, Mr. Summers, the businessman who organises and conducts the lottery, and Old Man Warner, the oldest man in the village.

While other characters appear in the story, we are given little detail on their lives. Instead, the author mostly uses their reactions and their interactions with each other to illustrate their collective mentality. This enhances the setting and adds deeper meaning to the story. The collective character of the villagers is, therefore, important to the story, but their characteristics will be discussed in the Social setting section.

You can find characterisations of Tessie Hutchinson, Mr. Summers, and Old Man Warner in the next pages.