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The Lottery Literary Analysis

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What makes a piece of literature dystopian? A piece of literature becomes dystopian when the world is ruled by dictatorship; when it seems like a Utopian in the beginning but turned to be dystopian after all; when murder no longer a crime. These are determined by the person who creates this dystopian world. There are many articles that relate to dystopian worlds, and we would always find some similarities between those articles. For example, these kinds of stories usually take place either in some villages where are far away from the society, or in a new society that emerges after the old world was destroyed by the war. These kinds of articles normally carry cautionary tones in order to warn the people what kind of consequences they would…show more content…
However, If we read this quote again after we finish reading the whole story, we would realize this quote is actually parts of the irony Jackson puts in this story. A clear and sunny day is suppose to represent the beginning of a wonderful day, but what it really represent is the beginning of a ruthless story. This quote is provoking because it fit in with the genre very well, a Utopian beginning for the story but ends with a dystopian ending. This sarcastic beginning shows the rhetorical strategy used by Shirley Jackson in order to show her message to her audiences, that the lottery is something "usual" that happens in a usual day . Although dystopian should not have such a nice beginning, it works very well when readers read it for the second time. All of us here have been grimly moved by Shirley Jackson’s story.… Was it purely an imaginative flight, or do such tribunal rituals still exist and, if so, where(Franklin, 1)? “The Lottery” was post on June 26th on the New Yorker, and the lottery begin at the 27th. Shirley Jackson uses it to approach her audiences and leads them to a question, it is…show more content…
Next thing you know, they 'll be wanting to go back to living in caves, nobody work anymore, live hat way for a while. Used to be a saying about 'Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon. ' First thing you know, we 'd all be eating stewed chickweed and acorns. There 's always been a lottery(Jackson, 4)." In this quote, Old Man Warner refers people who are giving up the lottery as fools and barbarians. Ironically, the lottery which he is doing right now is the real barbarian action. This is another ironic part Shirley Jackson gives out in this story. People who criticize others doing barbarian actions are the one who are actually executing the real barbarian action. “The Lottery” takes the classic theme of man’s inhumanity to man and gives it an additional twist: the randomness inherent in brutality. It anticipates the way we would come to understand the twentieth century’s unique lessons about the capacity of ordinary citizens to do evil—from the Nazi camp bureaucracy(Franklin, 2). 1948, three years after World War II, Shirley Jackson wrote this story which is full of irony and sarcasm. In addition, this village is surprisingly similar with NAZI Germany. They are all brained wash by the custom that was determined by someone and follow it blindly as same as what the villagers do in the lottery. "Warner" is suppose to be a character that
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