Study Guide

The Lottery Characters

By Shirley Jackson

The Boys (Bobby Martin, Dickie Delacroix, Harry and Bobby Jones)

In a story this sparse, it's pretty striking how much the boys of the village tell us, not only...

Mr. (Joe) Summers

Unlike many characters in "The Lottery," we find out quite a bit about Mr. Summers. We know he's...

Mr. (Harry) Graves

Mr. Summers may act like he's the BMIV (that's Big Man In Village, for all you city-dwellers),...

Old Man Warner

"The Lottery" is about capital-T Tradition, the kind of tradition that "no one liked to upset"...

Tess Hutchinson

Mrs. Tess Hutchinson stands out right from the start: she arrives at the lottery late, having...

Mr. and Mrs. Adams

Mr. Adams is the first person to draw in the lottery, which makes sense alphabetically –...

The Delacroix Family

The Delacroix family is in the mix right from the start. There's Dickie Delacroix, who gathers...

The Watsons and the Dunbars

The Watsons and the Dunbars are both intriguing because Jackson specifies that their family...

Mrs. Graves

Mrs. Graves is the wife of Mr. Graves. She is a friend of both Mrs. Delacroix and Mrs....

Mr. (Bill) Hutchinson

Bill Hutchinson is the husband of Tess Hutchinson. When she protests his selection in the...

The Hutchinson Children

The Hutchinson children are named Bill, Jr., Nancy, and Dave. Nancy has supporters in the crowd...

Baxter Martin

Baxter is the oldest son in the Martin family.

Mr. and Mrs. Martin

Mr. and Mrs. Martin are the parents of Baxter and Bobby. They run the grocery store.