She suffered weight gain throughout her life and also was a heavy smoker causing her early death at the age of 48. In the short story, The Lottery, there is a small town on a nice spring day gathering in the towns center to conduct the annual Lottery. Whichever family pulls the unlucky black dot on a piece of paper is the winner. In the end of the story you discover the winner of the lottery is not so lucky and is actually stoned to death. Shirley Jackson develops her theme that questions if traditions are always good in her short story “The Lottery” through the use of symbolism, characterization, and irony.
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By the author using black on the box it portrays death, fear, darkness, and many other words that have a negative connection and the main purpose the box is use is for the death of someone. The representation of death is not only shown by the author in the lottery, but as well as in the items and characters he decided to pick out of all of the things from the
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She died on December 14, 1916 in North Bennington, Vermont. “The Lottery” is a profoundly ironic story where the winners really lose. The village has its own unique lottery. The winner of the game has a card with a black dot. This means the surrounding villager will stone them to death!
Another example is Pepé's shack. The shack is described as weathered and very old. It casts a rather large shadow to the Northeast. The darkness of the shadow symbolizes death in the home. As we can readily see, the authors use of black symbolism in the story tells us that the main character, Pepé, is impending death (pg.
Jackson shows how the reluctance of the village people to question tradition has a disastrous conclusion when the reader is shocked to learn that the winner of the lottery will be stoned to death. Her short story begins on June 27th as the villagers gather in the town square to take part in the annual tradition of the lottery. Each member draws a slip of paper and the one marked with a black dot represents the winner. The outcome and unexpected tragedy is that this winner is immediately stoned to death. The men and women of the town seem to follow, without question, this ritual that has been performed annually for much longer than the oldest villager has lived.
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