Study Guide

The Lottery Narrator Point of View

By Shirley Jackson

Narrator Point of View

Third Person (Objective)

The narrator of "The Lottery" is super detached from the story.

Rather than telling us the characters' thoughts or feelings, the narrator simply shows the process of the lottery unfurling. This further underlines the shocking nature of the ending, as our only indications of the lottery's true purpose come from the villagers' nervous manners, rather than from insight into their thoughts.