The Lottery
    "One of the most terrifying aspects of publishing stories and books is that they are going to be read, and read by strangers."  
    Shirley Jackson
After reading Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" you may want to dwell on what the purpose of fiction is to begin with. Is it for entertainment or self expression? Does Shirley Jackson have any other purpose?

Years after writing the piece, she reflected on the day she put it all together:

I had written the story three weeks before, on a bright June morning when summer seemed to have come at last, with blue skies and warm sun and no heavenly signs to warn me that my morning's work was anything but just another story. The idea had come to me while I was pushing my daughter up the hill in her stroller - it was, as I say, a warm morning, and the hill was steep, and beside my daughter the stroller held the day's groceries - and perhaps the effort of that last fifty yards up the hill put an edge to the story; at any rate, I had the idea fairly clearly in my mind when I put my daughter in her playpen and the frozen vegetables in the refrigerator, and, writing the story, I found that it went quickly and easily, moving from beginning to end without pause. As a matter of fact, when I read it over later 1 decided that except for one or two minor corrections, it needed no changes, and the story I finally typed up and sent off to my agent the next day was almost word for word the original draft. This, as any writer of stories can tell you, is not a usual thing.