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Analysis of Shirley Jackson's The Lottery - In Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery,” the theme of the story is dramatically illustrated by Jackson’s unique tone. Once a year the villagers gather together in the central square for the lottery. The villagers await the arrival of Mr. Summers and the black box. Within the black box are folded slips of paper, one piece having a black dot on it. All the villagers then draw a piece of paper out of the box. Whoever gets the paper with the black dot wins. Tessie Hutchinson wins the lottery. Everyone then closes in on her and stones her to death....   [tags: Shirley Jackson, The Lottery] 506 words
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Analysis of Shirley Jackson's The Lottery - Shirley Jackson’s famous short story, “The Lottery,” was published in 1948 and remains to this day one of the most enduring and affecting American works in the literary canon. “The Lottery” tells the story of a farming community that holds a ritualistic lottery among its citizens each year. Although the text initially presents audiences with a close-knit community participating in a social event together on a special day, the shocking twist at the work’s end—with the death of the lottery’s “winner” by public stoning—has led to its widespread popularity, public outcry and discussion, and continued examination in modern times (Jackson)....   [tags: Shirley Jackson Lottery 2014]
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Tradition in Shirley Jackson's The Lottery - Tradition in Shirley Jackson's The Lottery     Shirley Jackson?s insights and observations about society are reflected in her shocking and disturbing short story The Lottery. Jackson reveals two general attitudes in this story: first is the shocking tendency for societies to select a scapegoat and second is the idea that communities are victims of social tradition and rituals. Anyone with knowledge of current events must be aware of times when society has seized upon a scapegoat as means of resolution....   [tags: Shirley Jackson Lottery Essays]
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Foreshadowing in Shirley Jackson's The Lottery - Foreshadowing in Shirley Jackson's The Lottery       "The Lottery," a short story written by Shirley Jackson, is a tale about a disturbing social practice.  The setting takes place in a small village consisting of about three hundred denizens.  On June twenty-seventh of every year, the members of this traditional community hold a village-wide lottery in which everyone is expected to participate.  Throughout the story, the reader gets an odd feeling regarding the residents and their annual practice.  Not until the end does he or she gets to know what the lottery is about.  Thus, from the beginning of the story until almost the end, there is an overwhelming sense that something terrible is...   [tags: Shirley Jackson Lottery Essays]
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Shirley Jackson's 'The Lottery' - Shirley Jackson's 'The Lottery'      The setting in a story helps to form the story and it makes the characters become more interesting. There are three main types of setting. The first is nature and the outdoors, second is objects of human manufacture and construction and the third is cultural conditions and assumptions. These three things help the reader to understand the characters better in Shirley Jackson's 'The Lottery';.      'The Lottery'; is started out by being described as 'The morning of June 27th was clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a full summer day.'; The flowers are blooming and the children have just gotten out of school for the summer....   [tags: Shirley Jackson Lottery Essays] 932 words
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Point of View in Shirley Jackson's The Lottery - Point of View in The Lottery Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" uses the third-person dramatic point of view to tell a story about an un-named village that celebrates a wicked, annual event. The narrator in the story gives many small details of the lottery taking place, but leaves the most crucial and chilling detail until the end: the winner of the lottery is stoned to death by the other villagers. The use of the third-person point of view, with just a few cases of third-person omniscient thrown in, is an effective way of telling this ironic tale, both because the narrator's reporter-like blandness parallels the villagers' apparent apathy to the lottery, and because it helps build to the sur...   [tags: Shirley Jackson Lottery Essays]
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Tradition or Cruelty in Shirley Jackson's The Lottery - Tradition or Cruelty in Shirley Jackson's The Lottery Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" satirizes barbaric traditions in a supposedly civilized village. As the story begins, the villagers appear to be fairly civilized and carry on fairly modern lifestyles. This is assumed by the men's discussion of planting, rain, tractors, and taxes. The lottery was outdated to such a degree that some may think that the tradition is primal competition of anthropoid beasts. On the other hand, some think that carrying on the tradition was necessary....   [tags: Shirley Jackson Lottery Essays]
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Importance of Setting in Shirley Jackson's The Lottery - Importance of Setting in Shirley Jackson's The Lottery        The setting in the beginning of The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson, creates a mood of peacefulness and tranquillity.  The image portrayed by the author is that of a typical town on a normal summer day.  Shirley Jackson uses this setting to foreshadow an ironic ending.        First, Jackson begins by establishing the setting.  She tells the reader what time of day and what time of year the story takes place.  This is important to get the reader to focus on what a typical day it is in this small town.  The time of day is set in the morning and the time of year is early summer....   [tags: Shirley Jackson Lottery Essays]
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Hidden Horrors in Shirley Jackson's The Lottery - Hidden Horrors in Shirley Jackson's The Lottery Shirley Jackson's short story "The Lottery" presents conflict on more than one level. The most important conflict in the story is between the subject matter and the way the story is told. From the beginning Jackson takes great pains to present her short story as a folksy piece of Americana. Slowly it dawns on us, the terrible outcome of what she describes. From the first sentence of the story, The morning of June 27th was clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a full-summer day; the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green....   [tags: Shirley Jackson Lottery Essays] 1081 words
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Social Hysteria in Shirley Jackson's The Lottery - Social Hysteria in The Lottery Tradition is a central theme in Shirley Jackon's short story The Lottery. Images such as the black box and characters such as Old Man Warner, Mrs. Adams, and Mrs. Hutchinson display to the reader not only the tenacity with which the townspeople cling to the tradition of the lottery, but also the wavering support of it by others. In just a few pages, Jackson manages to examine the sometimes long forgotten purpose of rituals, as well as the inevitable questioning of the necessity for such customs....   [tags: Shirley Jackson Lottery Essays] 567 words
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Blind Obedience in Shirley Jackson's The Lottery - When Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” was first published in The New Yorker in 1948, it struck a nerve with readers. “The story was incendiary; readers acted as if a bomb had blown up in their faces . . . Shirley struck a nerve in mid-twentieth-century America . . . She had told people a painful truth about themselves” (Oppenheimer 129). Interestingly, the story strikes that same nerve with readers today. When my English class recently viewed the video, those students who had not previously read the story reacted quite strongly to the ending....   [tags: Shirley Jackson Lottery 2014]
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Names in Shirley Jackson's The Lottery - One of the leaders and important man of the town is Mr. Summers.  Summer is a  season of the year.  It is the season of growing, the season of life.  His name  represents partly the old pagan fertility ritual because the harvest that is being sacrificed to is being grown in the summer.  This is supposedly, according to Old Man Warner, what the lottery held each year was all about.  But, in this case, the harvest should be fine because the setting of the story tells us that “the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green” (74).  Mr....   [tags: Shirley Jackson Lottery Essays] 826 words
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The Unalterable Human Condition Exposed in Shirley Jackson's The Lottery - The Unalterable Human Condition Exposed in Shirley Jackson's The Lottery The short story, The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson, managed to capture various human tendencies stemming from the very heart of the unalterable human condition. The willingness to follow tradition blindly, the inherent cruelty of humans, and the unwillingness to change were the primary negative behaviors depicted in the story. The unalterable human condition is one of the truths of human existence. Throughout the course of history, humans tend to act in the same ways, repeat the same mistakes, and end up little better than they were a century before....   [tags: Shirley Jackson Lottery Essays]
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Essay on Shirley Jackson's The Lottery - Evils of Society Exposed - The Evils of Society Exposed in The Lottery   In Shirley Jackson’s "The Lottery," what appears to be an ordinary day in a small town takes an evil turn when a woman is stoned to death after "winning" the town lottery. The lottery in this story reflects an old tradition of sacrificing a scapegoat in order to encourage the growth of crops. But this story is not about the past, for through the actions of the town, Jackson shows us many of the social ills that exist in our own lives. In today’s society we often have an all too-casual attitude toward misfortune; Jackson shows us this aspect of human nature through the town’s casual attitude toward the lottery....   [tags: Shirley Jackson Lottery Essays]
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Essay on Shirley Jackson's The Lottery - Blind Obedience Exposed - Blind Obedience Exposed in The Lottery   The annual ritualistic stoning of a villager in Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" parallels tradition in American culture.  This paper will inform the reader of the effect tradition has on characters in the short story "The Lottery" and how traditions still strongly influence people's lives in america.               Christian weddings hold many traditions and superstitions that seemingly defy logic.  Although most couples no longer have arranged marriages or dowries, fathers still give their daughters away during the services.  The bride and groom do not see each other before the ceremony, fearing that bad luck might come their way.  A friend scolde...   [tags: Shirley Jackson Lottery Essays] 938 words
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Essay on Shirley Jackson's The Lottery - Message of Social Responsibility - The Message of Social Responsibility in The Lottery       Often, we paint a fairytale view of life for ourselves and our children. Sometimes, an author paints a frightfully realistic picture of life and forces us to reconsider the fairytale. In Shirley Jackson’s story, "The Lottery," a town each year conducts a lottery in which the winner or looser, in this case, is stoned to death by his or her own neighbors. The tradition is supposed to uphold social structure within the town, but in order to comprehend the true meaning of the story you must be able to read between the lines....   [tags: Shirley Jackson Lottery Essays]
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Essay on Shirley Jackson's The Lottery - Inhumanity Exposed - Inhumanity Exposed in The Lottery The story entitled "The Lottery," written by Shirley Jackson is an intriguing and shocking parable. "The Lottery" is set in a small village on a clear summer day. Written in objective third person point of view, "The Lottery" keeps the reader in suspense as the story progresses. The story begins June 27th on a "clear and sunnyfull-summer day." From the very beginning, irony occurs in the story. The author describes the day as "clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a full-summer day; the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green." To describe such a beautiful day when the ending is so ill fated, is very ironic....   [tags: Shirley Jackson Lottery Essays] 1151 words
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Individuality vs Community in Shirley Jackson's The Lottery - Individuality versus Community in The Lottery   The works of Shirley Jackson tend to the macabre because she typically unveils the hidden side of human nature in her short stories and novels.  She typically explores the darker side of human nature.  Her themes are wide-ranging and border on the surreal though they usually portray everyday, ordinary people.  Her endings are often not a resolution but rather a question pertaining to society and individuality that the reader must ask himself or herself.  Jackson's normal characters often are in possession of an abnormal psyche.  Children are portrayed as blank slates ready to learn the ways of the world from society.  However, adults have a...   [tags: Shirley Jackson Lottery Essays]
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Blind Obedience in Shirley Jackson's The Lottery - The author of “The Lottery” wrote this story “to shock the story’s readers with a graphic demonstration of the pointless violence and general inhumanity in their own lives” (Jackson 211). This story reflects human behavior in society to show how although rules, laws or traditions do not make sense, people follow them. Throughout the story the three main symbols of how people blindly follow senseless traditions were the lottery itself, the color black, and the hesitation that people had towards the prize....   [tags: Shirley Jackson Lottery 2014]
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Shirley Jackson's The Lottery -      Why would a civilized and peaceful town would ever suggest the horrifying acts of violence can take place anywhere at anytime and the most ordinary people can commit them. Jackson's fiction is noted for exploring incongruities in everyday life, and “The Lottery”, perhaps her most exemplary work in this respect, examines humanity's capacity for evil within a contemporary, familiar, American setting. Noting that the story’s characters, physical environment, and even its climactic action lacks significant individuating detail, most critics view “The Lottery.” As a modern-day parable or fable, which obliquely addresses a variety of themes, including the dark side of human nature, the dange...   [tags: The Lottery by Shirley Jackson]
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Shirley Jackson's Symbolism in The Lottery - Shirley Jackson's Symbolism in The Lottery Shirley Jackson's 'The Lottery', is a story that is filled with symbolism. The author uses symbolism to help her represent human nature as tainted, no matter how pure one thinks of himself or herself, or how pure their environment may seem to be. The story is very effective in raising many questions about the pointless nature of humanity regarding tradition and violence. 'The Lottery' clearly expresses Jackson's feelings concerning mankind?s evil nature hiding behind traditions and rituals....   [tags: Shirley Jackson Lottery Essays Papers]
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Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" - Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery"      Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" is an excellent example of an allegorical short story. In this story, the reader learns of a town's "lottery" that takes place once a year, every year. It has been a tradition in this small rural town for many years and the villagers never question these activities, they just blindly go along with it. But what the reader doesn't know is just what kind of prize the winner is going to obtain. Jackson's use of symbolism is shown through the description of the characters, significant objects, and the actions in the story....   [tags: Allegory Jackson Lottery Shirley Essays] 563 words
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Tradition in Shirley Jackson's The Lottery and Mending Wall by Robert Frost - Our traditions act as a compass for our human relationships and personal interactions, the qualitative experiences of our family life, and ultimately, the development of societies. As we honor traditions, so we learn to honor ourselves and each other. The poem “Mending Wall” by Robert Frost and the story “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson both contain examples of seemingly senseless traditions. The thought of people doing something senselessly, just to appease the continuance of something that was done by their forefathers seems foolish unless there is some sort of positive result from their actions....   [tags: Shirley Jackson Lottery Essays]
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Essay on Shirley Jackson's The Lottery - Effective Use of Character Names - Effective Use of Character Names in The Lottery  “The common curse of mankind, --folly and ignorance” (Shakespeare).            Were he alive, William Shakespeare might fully endorse Shirley Jackson’s ideas as presented in The Lottery.  The author, Jackson, very distinctly uses symbolic names for her characters to show the ignorance of the sacrificial lottery, which the small village holds year after year.  These sacrifices, which used to be held to appease the god of harvest, have grown meaningless in their culture.  Jackson uses the characters not only to visualize the story for the reader, but also each one has a meaning, which adds to the ultimate theme....   [tags: Shirley Jackson Lottery Essays]
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Religious Tradition in Shirley Jackson's The Lottery - Religious Tradition in Shirley Jackson's The Lottery      While 'The Lottery' is a fictitious story it can be argued that it mirrors the attitude of American culture in how it addresses religious tradition in its major holidays and celebrations.      Two of the biggest holidays in the United States are Christmas and Easter. Both of which are derived from Christian beliefs. Even though 'The Lottery' is apparently a pagan ritual, violent and horrific, it is appropriate, only by the fact that the participants no longer remember, or seem to care, what the original intent of the ritual or the significance of its traditions....   [tags: jackson shirley Lottery Religion Essays]
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Conformity in Society Exposed in Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery - Conformity in Society Exposed in Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery      The Lottery, a short story by the nonconformist author Shirley Jackson, represents communities, America, the world, and conformist society as a whole by using setting and most importantly symbolism with her inventive, cryptic writing style. It was written in 1948, roughly three years after the liberation of a World War II concentration camp Auschwitz. Even today, some people deny that the Holocaust ever happened. Jackson shows through the setting of the story, a small, close knit town, that even though a population can ignore evil, it is still prevalent in society (for example: the Harlem Riots; the terrorist attacks on Sep...   [tags: Shirley Jackson The Lottery] 900 words
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Irony in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson - Irony in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson “The Lottery” is full of irony. Shirley Jackson most likely intended to use this amount of irony to make the over all story funny in its twisted theme. Each layer of irony used, prepared the reader to have the most dramatic reaction to the last and final blow that wrapped the whole story up. I would say the most major and obvious type of irony used here was situational irony. Jackson knew that what most peoples’ impression of the lottery is winning money or something good....   [tags: Shirley Jackson The Lottery Ironies Essays] 531 words
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The Lottery by Shirley Jackson - The Lottery by Shirley Jackson Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" portrays a small town in which the citizens gather for a yearly lottery. Unlike the "typical" lottery, this is not one you would want to win. Throughout "The Lottery," Jackson focuses on families from the village in order to demonstrate the role of separation of genders. Gender is defined as the sexual identity of a person, especially in relation to society or culture. Gender divisions exist within the community in "The Lottery" and issues of gender help to explain the characters action and thoughts....   [tags: Papers Shirley Jackson Lottery Essays]
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Analysis of The Lottery by Shirley Jackson - Analysis of The Lottery by Shirley Jackson “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson was written in 1948. The story takes place in a village square of a town on June 27th. The author does not use much emotion in the writing to show how the barbaric act that is going on is look at as normal. This story is about a town that has a lottery once a year to choose who should be sacrificed, so that the town will have a plentiful year for growing crops. Jackson has many messages about human nature in this short story....   [tags: The Lottery Shirley Jackson Sacrifices Essays]
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Irony of The Setting in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson - Irony of The Setting in "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson The setting set forth by Shirley Jackson in the beginning of The Lottery creates a mood of peacefulness and tranquillity. This setting also creates an image in the mind of the reader, the image of a typical town on a normal summer day. Furthermore, Shirley Jackson uses the setting in The Lottery to foreshadow an ironic ending. First, Shirley Jackson begins The Lottery by establishing the setting. To begin, she tells the reader what time of day and what time of year the story takes place....   [tags: Lottery Shirley Jackson Essays] 1111 words
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The Use of Symbolism in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson - The Use of Symbolism in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson Within the first few lines of Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" we are faced with such adjectives as clear, sunny, fresh and warmth. She goes on to paint a picture of small children just out of school for the summer, as the townspeople gather for the annual Lottery. This leads us to believe that the rest of the story is as cheery as the summer day initially described. We as the readers are virtually unaware of the horrible senseless events that lie ahead....   [tags: Lottery Shirley Jackson]
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Morals and Values in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson - Morals and Values in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson In Shirley Jackson's, "The Lottery", human morals and values are thrown away all for the pride of winning something. What is it that they really win. When you win the lottery in this story, you actually win death by stoning. Isn't that ironic, people actually being competitive and getting excited about death in public. What morals or values do these people really have, and how are they different from what common society is thought today. The first to gather in the square on the day of the lottery are the children....   [tags: The Lottery, Shirley Jackson] 568 words
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Irony in the Story The Lottery by Shirley Jackson - Irony in the Story The Lottery by Shirley Jackson      In Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” irony is an underlying theme used throughout the story. The setting is introduced as a “clear and sunny” day, but ends with the brutal death of a housewife (715). The two people who essentially run the town, Mr. Graves and Mr. Summers, also have ironic names. In addition, the characters and the narrator make ironic statements throughout the story.      The plot as a whole in “The Lottery” is filled with ironic twists....   [tags: The Lottery Shirley Jackson Literature Essays]
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The Shock of the novel The Lottery by Shirley Jackson - The Shock of the novel The Lottery by Shirley Jackson The first time I read “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, I thought it would be about someone in a desperate situation who wins a large amount of money. However, after reading the story I was shocked and disgusted like millions of other readers because of what the “lottery” was all about. After my shock wore off I thought about why the author had chosen to be so cynical. It occurred to me that she needed to shock people into changing for the better....   [tags: The Lottery Shirley Jackson Literature Essays] 540 words
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The Use of Symbolism in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson - The Use of Symbolism in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson In "The Lottery," Shirley Jackson uses symbolism to make us aware of the pointless nature of humanity regarding tradition and violence. The story starts off on a beautiful summer day in a small town. The author describes the day as very euphoric but strikes a contrast between the atmosphere of the town and the atmosphere of the people gathered in the square. The atmosphere is subdued, where the children are "gathered around quietly." The black box is the central theme or idea in the story....   [tags: Lottery Shirley Jackson Essays Papers]
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Analysis of Shirley Jackson's The Lottery - “The Lottery” is a short story by Shirley Jackson, first published on June 26, 1948. The story was initially met with negative critical reception due to its violent nature and portrayal of the potentially dangerous nature of human society. It was even banned in some countries. However, “The Lottery” is now widely accepted as a classic American short story and is used in classrooms throughout the country. Jackson’s story takes a critical look at what can result when the customs and laws that govern society go unchallenged....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]
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Religious and Traditional Symbols in the Lottery by Shirley Jackson - Religious and Traditional Symbols in the Lottery Religious groups encourage and enforce conformity of their social norms and beliefs upon their members. Religious traditions are usually passed on from parent to child at an early age. In “The Lottery,” Shirley Jackson reveals the tradition of the lottery and how all of the villagers conform to the ritual of a human sacrifice. Growing up with an exceptionally religious father I can relate to way of thinking of the villagers that traditions are accepted without questioning....   [tags: The Lottery Religion Shirley Jackson] 737 words
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Shirley Jackson's The Lottery - Everything may not be what it seems in Shirley Jackson’s short story “The Lottery”. Within the story there are many reoccurring themes, ranging from the townspeople inability to establish bonds to the Jackson’s displaying how easily humans will engage in behavior that is otherwise frowned upon once given an excuse. The most prominent of these themes is the loyalty the townspeople hold towards various items and rituals in their lives. The townspeople hold the utmost loyalty towards their tradition of the lottery....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]
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Shirley Jackson's The Lottery - “The less there is to justify a traditional custom, the harder it is to get rid of it” (Twain). The Lottery begins during the summer. A small, seemingly normal, town is gathering to throw the annual “Lottery”. In the end, the townspeople—children included—gather around and stone the winner to death, simply because it was tradition. The story reveals how traditions can become outdated and ineffective. “I suppose, I hoped, by setting a particularly brutal ancient rite in the present and in my own village to shock the story's readers with a graphic dramatization of the pointless violence and general inhumanity in their own lives” (Jackson)....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]
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Shirley Jackson's The Lottery - “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson has been criticized, but its longevity and durability prove it stands the test of time. In the article, “Jackson’s The Lottery,” the author A.R. Coulthard finds a deeper meaning in the story which other critics have not. Coulthard believes the story is a “parable of the evil inherent in human nature” rather than “an assault on mindless cultural conformity,” as other critics have suggested (Coulthard 226). Coulthard shows how something that most likely began as a primitive and ignorant way to ensure prosperity, evolved into a complete need for sanctioned violence and murder....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]
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Ritual and Tradition in Shirley Jackson's The Lottery - Everyone has their own way of solving problems; however, ritual is a form that people doing one thing in the same way. It defines as “the prescribed form of conducting a formal secular ceremony.” However if the meaning of ritual is mistaken, the consequence could be unpredictable." The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson gives us a lecture about a tortuous ritual. The story takes place in a small village with 300 citizens, they gather for a yearly lottery which everyone should participate. The story leads to a horrific ending by people forgetting the concept of ritual....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]
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Shirley Jackson's The Lottery - Shirley Jackson is said to be one of the most “brilliant and influential authors of the twentieth century.” “Her fiction writing is some of the most important to come out of the American literary canon.” (http://shirleyjackson.org/Reviews.html) Jackson wrote many short stories and even some books. They are more on the dark, witchlike side, however. Kelleher explains that Jackson stated in some interviews that she practiced magic. No one really knows if she was serious while practicing witchcraft or not, but it ended up helping her write her stories http://www.literarytraveler.com/literary_articles/shirley_jackson_bennington.aspx)....   [tags: American Literature, Biography]
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The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson - The 1940’s in America sparked a new era in history concerning violence and warfare. With the end of World War II, the world had just witnessed the most horrific event in all of modern history; the dropping of the Atomic Bomb, and further, the Holocaust. Born at the end of the Great War and living through this second World War, Shirley Jackson’s life was filled with graphic imagery of the violence existing throughout her world. Jackson’s husband Stanley Edgar Hyman wrote, “[Shirley’s] fierce visions of dissociations and madness, of alienation and withdrawal, of cruelty and terror, have been taken to be personal, even neurotic fantasies....   [tags: Analysis, Shirley Jackson] 2215 words
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The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson - The 1940s in America sparked a new era in history concerning violence and warfare. The end of World War II brought the most horrific event in all of modern history to be witnessed by the world; the dropping of the Atomic Bomb, and further, the Holocaust. Born at the end of the Great War and living through this second World War, graphic imagery of the violence existing throughout her world filled the life of Shirley Jackson. Jackson’s husband Stanley Edgar Hyman wrote, “[Shirley’s] fierce visions of dissociations and madness, of alienation and withdrawal, of cruelty and terror, have been taken to be personal, even neurotic fantasies....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Shirley Jackson] 2079 words
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The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson - Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” is a story littered with warnings and subtext about the dangers a submissive society can pose. While the opening is deceptively cheery and light Jackson uses an array of symbols and ominous syntax to help create the apprehensive and grim tone the story ends with. Her portrayal of the town folk as blindly following tradition represents the world during World War II when people’s failure to not mindlessly accept and heed authority lead to disastrous consequences. . Shirley Jackson uses a large array of techniques to help convey the idea that recklessly following and accepting traditions and orders can lead to disastrous consequences....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Shirley Jackson] 1487 words
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Creative Use of Symbolism and Irony in Shirley Jackson's The Lottery - A lottery has always provided a sense of hope and adventure to people, but the lottery takes on an entirely different significance in Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”. The story takes place in a village of roughly three hundred people. Everyone in the village gathers at the center to take part. One representative from each family comes up, to take a piece of paper from an old, black, wooden box. The Hutchinson family has the black dot; each family Hutchinson member then comes up to pick another piece of paper....   [tags: The Lottery Essays] 585 words
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Research Paper on Shirley Jackson's “The Lottery” - Shirley Jackson's “The Lottery” is a short story about the annual gathering of the villagers to conduct an ancient ritual. The ritual ends in the stoning of one of the residents of this small village. This murder functions under the guise of a sacrament that, at one time, served the purpose of ensuring a bountiful harvest. This original meaning, however, is lost over the years and generations of villagers. The loss of meaning has changed the nature and overall purpose of the lottery. This ritual is no longer a humble sacrifice that serves the purpose of securing the harvest but instead is a ceremony of violence and murder only existing for the pleasure found in this violence....   [tags: Solemn Tradition, Ritual Symbols]
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To the Slaughter in The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson - Screaming, yelling, and screeching emerge from Tessi Hutchinson, but the town remains hushed as they continue to cast their stones. Reasonably Tessi appears as the victim, but the definite victim is the town. This town, populated by rational people, stones an innocent woman because of a lottery. To make matters worse, no one in the town fathoms why they exterminate a guiltless citizen every June. The town’s inexplicable behavior derives from following an ancient, ludicrous tradition. With the omission of one man, no one in the community comprehends the tradition....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]
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Winning the Lottery Equals Death in Shirley Jackson, The Lottery - ... “….the black box now resting on the stool had been put into use even before Old Man Warner, the oldest man in town, was born.” With his last name, “Warner,” having a literary meaning of warning which warns the villagers not to forget about the tradition because the belief of keeping it would help them on growing good crops and the consequences of “living in caves” living in the life of hunters if they stop carrying the tradition. A ritual murder of a person needs to be carried out by the villagers, taking a life makes them no different to a hunter, cruel and violent....   [tags: tradition, ritual, murder] 788 words
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Tradition in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson - Easily regarded as one of America’s most beloved short stories, “The Lottery,” by Shirley Jackson, leaves readers with excitement and perhaps a small sense of doubt. Doubt could be an aspect of the reader’s mind due to the gory fact of the cultural tradition in the small farming town of the story. Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” displays the theme of unwavering ritualistic tradition and the use of symbolism throughout the story. This means the village is unable to move past their tradition while symbolism is shown through character’s names such as Old Man Warner and Tessie and through various objects in the story like the stool and the black box....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]
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The Horror of The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson - Once upon a time there was a little village. In this village three hundred people happily farmed and played and went about their business. The children went to school while the men cut wood or farmed, and the women cooked and cleaned. Every summer in June each of villagers took part in the traditional lottery drawing and one villager was picked for the prize – a stoning. In 1948, Shirley Jackson published this short story known as “The Lottery,” in The New York Times. The story’s plot shocked readers all over America as they learned of the horror happening in such a quaint town....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]
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Tradition in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson -         Tradition; it is the back bone of every culture and civilization. It is what keeps the beliefs, philosophies, and activities of societies alive, to be passed down from generation to generation. However not all traditions are practiced with pure intentions.  Some activities become so routine, people don’t know a life outside of them. Societies become so accustomed to “tradition” that they will participate in pastimes without  questioning the ethics or morals of the situation. Ultimately when tradition takes the place of a rationalizing mind the outcome can be incredibly dangerous....   [tags: The Lottery Essays] 1232 words
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Symbolism in The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson - When most people play the lottery today, they think about having wealth. Generally, people who win are happy about it whether they win one dollar or a million. The lottery in our society has grown to support education and it is often worth several million dollars. Usually, the winner of the lottery gains a lot of recognition for the money they win. But what would happen if there was a small town where people held a yearly lottery in which the “winner” was the member of the town who was not sacrificed....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]
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Tradition in The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson - Tradition in “The Lottery” There are many things that people do every day without questioning why they do them. These are our habits and traditions, and though for the most part they are unimportant they can be a crucial part of our culture and our interactions with each other. Sometimes there are traditions that can cause harm or are morally unacceptable. What should be done in this case. Edmund Burke, a nineteenth century politician and author, argues that it is best to stick with tradition rather than causing dramatic changes in people’s behavior....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]
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Symbolism in The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson - The Lottery: Symbolism In her story “The Lottery”, Shirley Jackson manages to catch the readers’ attention and ultimately shock them with an unexpected ending; all of which help her emphasize her critique toward the dark side of human nature and the evil that resides, sometimes, in those who we less expect it from. Jackson uses symbolism throughout the story that helps her set the mood and also makes the readers wonder and analyze the senseless violence and cruelty in their own lives. It all starts with the setting of the story....   [tags: The Lottery Essays] 738 words
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Traditon in "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson - The author of “The Lottery,” Shirley Jackson, creates suspense and tension to convey dramatic irony. In a person’s life, a lottery, or raffle, is thought of something fair, because sometimes, you win prizes or money. This would be the raffle that you do NOT want to win. In Jackson’s short story, it is not about what the townspeople win, but it is about what is lost. I would have to say that the theme of this story would be “Not all traditions are always good.” The title of Jackson’s story contains suspense and tension to convey irony....   [tags: Essay on The Lottery] 726 words
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Tradition or Cruelty in Shirley Jackson's The Lottery - In our society we have many traditions. These traditions all have certain meanings behind them; however, many of those meanings tend to be lost or forgotten. The holiday of Thanksgiving was originally a celebration to commemorate the arrival of the pilgrims in the new world and their first interactions with the Native Americans. So then why is it still celebrated today. There is no actual purpose in today’s society to observe this custom.  It has just continued to be observed because of past traditions.  There is no logical reason to continue this fête, as it holds little or no value.  With the passage of time the actual reasons have been lost or distorted, such as in the case of Shirley Ja...   [tags: Essays on The Lottery 2014]
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The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson - The Lottery is a short story about a town who still participates in the annual "Lottery" drawing. Everyone is laughing and conversing like any other day. Children and adults alike are collecting stones. At last the time comes for the drawing and Mr. Summers pulls out the black box with the papers in it. The head of the household, the men, all must pull out a piece of paper. The townsfolk talk about how the lottery is done for in nearby towns but others such as Old Man Warner scoff at the idea and say that is not possible young people don't know what they are talking about, the lottery will continue in this town....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]
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The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson - The Lottery is a short fiction written by Shirley Jackson. It is a story about a shocking tradition practiced by the people in certain town. Shirley ironically gives the lottery a bad meaning in her use of the word in this short story. In the story, the lottery is used for public stoning, contrary to what it originally means; winning a lot of money. The story focuses around a village during a ceremony they call the lottery which ensures there is enough rain for their crops. In the story, a number of literary devices are used by the author for example, irony, symbolism, foreshadowing, only to mention but a few....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]
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The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson - In Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” irony is an underlying theme used throughout the story. Shirley Jackson involves residents in a preparation of following a longstanding traditional process of lottery. However, this proves to be a different type of lottery as the winner gets a different form of present. This is unknown to the reader of the story until when the story is almost over. Residents gather at 10 in the morning in the square that is located between the bank and the post office awaiting the arrival of Mr....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]
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The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson - Dramatic point of view contributes to tone and idea in the “The Lottery” In Shirley Jackson’s short story, “The Lottery” the use of the third-person dramatic point of view allow the readers to visualize themselves in a typical village spying on an annual lottery. However, in actuality they are about to realize that the subdued and ordinary townspeople have traditions that are much more sacred than a human life. Throughout the story, the third-person dramatic point of view contributes to the tone and idea as a result of Jackson’s effective use of language control, indifferent attitude and characters’ dialogue....   [tags: The Lottery Essays] 784 words
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The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson - An understanding, of Jackson’s life and times may serve to illuminate motive and meaning, thus yielding further appreciation of this work. Shirley Jackson was born 1919, in the time of the “Lost Generation”. While attending Syracuse University, she met Stanley Edgar Hyman, a classmate, Jewish intellectual numismatist and literary critic whom she married in 1940. With the War’s end in 1946, publication of “the Lottery” in 1948, and her marriage to a Jewish intellectual it seems likely that news of the Holocaust would have influenced her writing....   [tags: The Lottery Essays] 867 words
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The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson - Having read Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" (1948) several times now; the biggest thing I've learned is that just because something is tradition, that doesn't make it right. In our lives it's easy to get in the habit of doing things because that's how our parent's or grandparent's did it. It is important to make sure we are in God's word, examining our actions to make sure that they line up with what God wants of us. The Lottery is a story filled with rituals and traditions. The problem with traditions is we will often continue in them without even knowing why we do them to begin with....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]
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The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson - In Shirley Jackson’s short story, “The Lottery” the use of the third-person dramatic point of view allow the readers to visualize themselves in a typical village spying on an annual lottery. However, in actuality they are about to realize that the subdued and ordinary townspeople have traditions that are much more sacred than a human life. Throughout the story, the third-person dramatic point of view contributes to the tone and idea as a result of Jackson’s effective use of language control, indifferent attitude, and characters’ dialogue....   [tags: The Lottery Essays] 733 words
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The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson - In today’s society we perceive the lottery as being a great fortune brought down upon you by Lady Luck. It is a serendipitous event, even if the person has done nothing to earn it. One would never see the lottery as an unfortunate occasion that occurred in your life because it is supposed to bring prosperity into your life. Also, one would not dare to think that winning the lottery would bring such repercussions as injury or death. In the short story “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, the author could have used Mrs....   [tags: The Lottery Essays] 1160 words
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The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson - “The Lottery”, by Shirley Jackson is a short story about a disturbing social practice in a village. Besides, there were about three hundred citizens in the small village where the setting took place. The introduction of “the lottery” is about an event that takes place every year on 27th in the month of June, where the community members of this tradition organize a lottery. Everyone in the village including small children to adults is expected to participate. Besides, when this story was introduced at the very first in 1948 by Shirley Jackson, many people were upset....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]
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The Dangers of Blindly Following in Shirley Jackson's The Lottery - “In this village, where there were only about three hundred people, the whole lottery took less than two hours, so it could begin at ten o'clock in the morning and still be through in time to allow the villagers to get home for noon dinner” (Jackson). In life, many people are hesitant to change the way they do things, as a rule saying ‘We've always done it this way. Why change now?’ Defenders of the status quo have utilized this rationality down through the ages. In Shirley Jackson’s short story, “The Lottery,” the follow-the-crowd villagers are reluctant to reject antiquated customs that might be thought of by most people, disturbing and/or evil....   [tags: community, village, immortal]
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Tradition Is an Evil Dictator in Shirley Jackson's The Lottery - Tradition is an evil dictator. Tradition can be simple or complex. Tradition has the power to force someone to do something or not do something. In Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”, the reader gets an uneasy feeling that tradition dictates everything. Jackson makes it obvious that this village is run completely on tradition and that everyone fears change. One-way to ensure that the tradition of the lottery is continued, the children participate. The children are the first to assemble then the rest to the village....   [tags: village, ritual, power]
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The Horror of The Lottery by Shirley Jackson - Winning vast amounts of money can make anyone slaphappy, but unfortunately this type of wager won’t be discussed in Shirley Jacksons “The Lottery.” Jackson catches the reader’s attention by describing a typical day by using words such as “blossoming, clear and sunny skies” to attract the reader into believing a calm and hopeful setting which eventually turns dark. In this short story Jackson tells a tale of a sinister and malevolent town in America that conforms to the treacherous acts of murder in order to keep their annual harvest tradition alive....   [tags: The Lottery Essays, Literary Analysis, Review]
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Shirley Jackson's The Lottery and Kate Chopin's The Story of an Hour - Shirley Jackson's The Lottery and Kate Chopin's The Story of an Hour "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson, and "The Story of the Hour" by Kate Chopin, both have similarities and differences when it comes to the elements of literature.  Particularly, when the authors use foreshadowing to manipulate the moods of the stories and add irony to cleverly deceive the reader. Both of these stories possess similarities and differences when it comes to their components of the story, specifically the authors' usage of elements of mood and the tone of irony....   [tags: Shirley Jackson Kate Chopin Literature Essays] 1348 words
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Biblical Allusions in Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery - Throughout many works of literature, authors have used allusions for the reader to be able to make multiple connects between many different important works of art. In all types of literature, whether it is a poem, novel, or part of a casual/scintillating conversation, allusions are between the lines of most readings, connecting dots immediately due to their hidden, yet obvious meanings. Once one takes a closer look, the reader can observe that Jackson uses biblical allusions in her short story to create many references to different stories and facts in the Bible: such as sin, Jesus saving Mary, Jesus dying on the cross, and more....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]
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Ignornance of Tradition in The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson - Tradition, defined as "the handing down of information, beliefs, and customs by word of mouth or by example from one generation to another without written instruction." ("Tradition") Tradition is a core trait of humanity, from the time before recorded history to present, humanity has followed traditions or customs that have been passed down from generation to generation. More often than not communities all over the world blindly follow these practices with little regard to who started them or why they were enacted in the first place....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]
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Allegory and Satire in The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson - Originally printed in the June 26, 1948 issue of The New Yorker, Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” brought about controversy from the beginning. Magazine subscriptions were immediately canceled due to the outrage at the brutal underlying message. Mrs. Jackson tore down virtually every institution that American Citizens hold dear to their hearts. Jackson believes we should not just blindly follow authority or blindly partake in any traditions that we may not understand to the full extent. “Any human institution which is allowed to continue unchallenged and unconsidered until it becomes a destructive, rather than a constructive, force in men's lives…” “The Lottery” explicates this in a manner in...   [tags: The Lottery Essays]
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Literary Elements in The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson - Would you believe that there was once a village where everyone would partake in a terrible event, but think it was innocent because of how they blindly followed a tradition. The short story, “The Lottery,” by Shirley Jackson communicates this theme by showing how the villagers participate in a lottery every year. In life, there are people who follow tradition because the have to, or they are used to following without question. The author, Shirley Jackson was born on December 14, 1916 in San Francisco, California....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]
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Catholicism Exposed in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson - Traditions are something that are passed from generation to generation. Tradition becomes a part of who we are as a scociety. Shirley Jackson mocks society’s way of blindly following certain traditions. Characteristics of Jackson’s story create a parallel with Catholicism, by harping on our fear of change but our ability to manipulate what we want from our traditions and the basis of Catholicism’s belief of the innocence in children. Shirley Jackson's short story "The Lottery" has created a clear link to Catholicism encouraging us to open our eyes and question our blind faith in traditions....   [tags: Essays on The Lottery] 1319 words
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The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson - The story of “The Lottery” is a dark tale that gives the reader a window into a community blighted by an tradition propagated by ignorance; sending a message that reverberates with many events, ideas, and observations throughout the annals of time. Written by the great Shirley Jackson, this fable exemplifies how delusion and illogical thinking led to the terrifying and morose ending of Tessie Hutchinson's existence. Shirley Jackson was well known in her lifetime, but not necessarily as the literary master she is hailed as today....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]
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Selective Exposition in The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson - Usually when someone hears the word “lottery” the first thing that comes to mind is a large sum of cash that people compete against highly impractical odds to win. Shirley Jackson’s story The Lottery might imply a similar conception based on the title alone, but the story is filled with unknowns never revealing exactly when and where the story takes place, or why the lottery exists; even what the lottery is isn’t revealed until the very end. Yet despite Jackson’s omission of details in The Lottery, she manages to create an overtone of mystery that compels the reader to grasp the world of the story rather than define it in terms of the physical world and form their own opinions....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]
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Ticket To Death in The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson - “Stop!” the German soldier called. The young boy stood stunned in his tracks. He couldn't breathe, couldn't see clearly, couldn't move for fear of being shot. The German too, was young and confused. His leaders had told him to do away with anyone that wasn't Aryan. His finger trembled uncertainly on the trigger. There was no other option, and yet there was no reason to hurt the petrified boy who paled before him. The boy, doomed to death from a variable he could not control, gazed into the German's eyes, and saw the same confusion and helplessness echoed there....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]
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The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson - Today’s American Literature tends to put more of a realistic tone to writing than in previous time periods. Writers point out what society as a whole likes to pretend does not exist, and were often frowned upon for doing so. In Shirley Jacksons “The Lottery” she does exactly that by portraying themes like the inhumanity of violence and the tendency people have to follow traditions even when they do not agree with them. In a short biography about Jackson it says “The story was met with an avalanche of feedback, including hate mail and cancelled subscriptions....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]
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Necessary Sacrifice in The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson - When Shirley Jackson first published her short story “The Lottery,” it caused a great deal of controversy. It warranted high critical acclaim, but it also brought threats to Jackson’s life. The public was outraged that she would write such a violent story, which ended with the unmerciful killing of an innocent woman. The violence in response to the story ironically reflects the violence within, and reveals a darker, yet necessary, part of the human psyche. The characters in “The Lottery” require the violent ritual to live peaceful and happy lives....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]
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