When people think of a lottery, they draw an image with a big amount of money in head. However in the story “The Lottery”, the price is death. It starts in the morning of a bright, peaceful day, people are gathering in the square, children picking stones and piles them; also the black box uses for drawing, “the original paraphernalia for the lottery had been put into use even before Old Man Warner, the oldest man in town, was born.” (Jackson 205). Author put us to believe that the villagers are devotional, and take this event...
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- Following tradition blindly is a weakness, it is a crutch people use to try and understand where they fit in the world, and to find purpose in their lives. People default to tradition because it allows them to be apart of something bigger, to belong outside of their physical being. Through her story, The Lottery, Shirley Jackson shows what the possible consequences of relying to heavily on certain traditions are, and that if one places too much importance on tradition it can be the death of them.... [tags: Stoning, Capital punishment, Adultery]
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- The Lottery was Shirley Jackson 's most recognized short story. Her story was written with a very bold plot. “ Shirley Jackson wrote of the essentially evil nature of human beings. "The Lottery," tells of a ritual in a typical New England town in which local residents choose one among their number to be sacrificed” this ritual supposedly helps the growth of their crops, and brings fertility to the people(Wanger-Martin). Though there is no actual evidence of ritual making a difference in prosperity.... [tags: The Lottery, Short story, Ritual, Shirley Jackson]
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- Personal Interpretation of “The Lottery” When people first read Shirley Jackson’s short story “The Lottery” they are often shocked. Of course, people today are perhaps not nearly as shocked as those readers in Jackson’s time who essentially were angered and confused by her story from a social perspective: While the letters were almost wholly, negative, none suggested that the story should not be available to the public. Up until 1982 it was only a character in fiction who suggested “the Lottery” be removed from a school’s curriculum, a candidate for school board in Elizabeth Peter’s 1977 novel, Devil May care, who says people do not “want their children to read a book that shows kids stoning... [tags: Short story, The Lottery, Shirley Jackson, Ritual]
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- Imagine this; it is 9am, the sun is out and even though the children are playing , but before the day is done, someone will find themselves the winner of the lottery. However, it is not the lottery that most are familiar with. In 1988 author Judy Oppenheimer conducted an interview with author Shirley Jackson, the author of ' The Lottery' . In this interview Shirley explained why she wrote the short story in the following excerpt ; " 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 " (Oppenheimer 1988... [tags: The Lottery Essays]
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- In literature, symbols are often used to deepen the meaning of a story or to convey an idea indirectly. In “The Lottery”, Shirley Jackson uses symbolism to reveal the annual ritual that happens to be called the lottery, and the consequences of unquestioned traditions. Most people when drawing the lottery were more concerned with stoning one to death and their beliefs rather than the value of the human life that they were about to destroy. From the title of the story, to the ambiance preceding this ritual, one could assume that this will result in someone winning something, but with the usage symbolism, Jackson is able to use names, objects, and the setting to conceal the true meaning and in... [tags: sacrifice, ritual, religion]
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- 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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- The characters in a short story are vital to understanding everything that the author has put into her work. Most of Shirley Jackson’s characters in “The Lottery” adapt as the story goes on, revealing their true opinions and behaviors. Her characters are also true to life, which establishes realism in her stories. Tess, Old Man Warner, and the women of this story all provide outlooks and opinions that shape “The Lottery” into the constructive story it is. Immediately, the women of “The Lottery” seem to be a friendly group who stick by one another’s sides.... [tags: tradition, friendship, ritual]
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- Death by stones just does not seem so bad anymore. In the story The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson uses a chance based ritual to have a small community come together. The celebration is call a Lottery which takes two days to set up and only two hours to be finished. The celebration is the bringing of a community to come closer to become a close nit nation. The celebration brings much joy, happiness, and relaxation, so much that even some do not take it so serious. The author gives the example that some villagers even forget about the celebration.... [tags: The Lottery, Shirley Jackson, Village, Short story]
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- The Lottery Even through the times, traditions have remained a constant for the human race. They can be as gruesome as the Aztecs practicing human sacrifice to as simple as saying the pledge of allegiance every day. “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson is a chilling story about the reoccurrence of an abhorrent ritual that takes place on a sunny morning. The people of this village demonstrate fear over straying from conformity and thus have the ignorance that sprouts from never trying new things. Through this short story the author portrays this fear and ignorance the human race has through her casual narration, euphemistic dialogue and morbid events.... [tags: Short story, Human, The Lottery, Shirley Jackson]
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- The story “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson starts off hopefully on a sunny, beautiful day, and the title suggests that it might be a cheerful tale. The entire village gathers for this event, but by the unsettling way the participants act and the official preparation of the lottery, which includes a rule that everyone must be present, the story then unfolds towards a darker ending. It is also mentioned that the purpose of the lottery is for a fruitful harvest. Then finally, a winner, Mrs. Hutchinson, is unwillingly selected, and she is then stoned to death by the village.... [tags: Religion, Ritual, Stoning, Short story]
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