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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]

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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]

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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]

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The Lottery, By Shirley Jackson And The Article

- ... Ronda Kaysen notes that, I hung up and sobbed. David tried to console me, but I was furious at him. Why had we come here anyway. Our reasons all felt so vague and meaningless. And why wasn’t he as tortured by this decision as I was. During the main part of the article the author was deciding on shouldering or dodging her obligations by deciding if she wanted to keep the baby or abort it, eventually the author decides to keep the baby shouldering her obligation and feels better by keeping the child....   [tags: Short story, The Lottery, Shirley Jackson]

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Symbolism Of The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

- ... The white slips being pulled from the box can easily be compared to the unveiling of that in Pandora’s containing the evils of the town’s traditional ludicrous behavior. It’s hard to avoid the authors striking use of equality represented by the symbolism of the villagers. The entire town must come together annually including the kids, parents, and elders. No matter the social class, age, or gender everyone must be in attendance and actively participating. Rather it’s drawing from the box or throwing stones....   [tags: Short story, Shirley Jackson, Stoning]

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A Humane Sociaty By Shirley Jackson

- ... According to him the lottery was a type of sacrifices for good crops, he reviles this when he says: ‘Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon.’ Although this character expresses that not having this ritual might mean living in a primitive way, the ritual itself seems very primitive. The second indication of conformity among the people in the village is the black box where the pieces of paper are placed for the lottery. The author describes that “The black box grew shabbier each year: by now it was no longer completely black but splintered badly along one side to show the original wood color, and in some places faded or stained.” This description indicated that the towns’ people were conformed...   [tags: Short story, The Lottery, Shirley Jackson]

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The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

- ... 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)....   [tags: Irony, Sarcasm, Shirley Jackson, Dystopia]

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The Lottery, By Shirley Jackson

- The Importance of Characters and Symbols in a Story Have you ever read “The Lottery” written by Shirley Jackson. “The Lottery” published in 1948 and it was one of the most famous short stories in the history of American literature. “Shirley Jackson was born in San Francisco, California on December 14, 1916. On August 8, 1965, she died of heart failure at the age of 48. She began writing short stories and poetry when she was a young teenager. In 1948, after her first novel “The Road Through The Wall”, she published her iconic story “The Lottery” and received a largest amount of hateful mails that ever have by a magazine” (Shirley Jackson 's Bio)....   [tags: Short story, The Lottery, Shirley Jackson]

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Shirley Jackson 's The Lottery

- ... Summers insisted that if the husband could not draw that a male of the family did. Mr. Summers says, “Don’t you have a grown boy to do it for you, Janey” (Jackson 3). Here we see conformity as well because if the fathers are not present, the older males of the family must do their father’s job. Not only were the older male children conforming, but so were the younger children. The children had stones already. And someone gave little Davy Hutchinson a few pebbles” (Jackson 7). In this village, every member, young and old, male or female, conformed to a tradition where there was no longer an understanding for....   [tags: The Lottery, Short story, Shirley Jackson]

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The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

- The Lottery Shirley Jackson was a criticized female writer that wrote about US’s scramble for conformity and finding comfort in the past or old traditions. When Jackson published this specific short story, she got very negative feedback and even death threats. In the fictionial short story, The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson, a drawing takes place during the summer annually in a small town in New England. In this particular work, the lottery has been a tradition for over seventy years and has been celebrated by the townspeople every year....   [tags: The Lottery, Shirley Jackson, Short story]

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The Lottery, By Shirley Jackson

- The specific details Jackson describes in the beginning of “The Lottery” set us up for the shocking conclusion. The setting in the beginning of the lottery, by Shirley Jackson, creates a mood of peacefulness and tranquility. 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. The Lotteries has a theme of meaningless traditions can be harmful. The village lottery culminates in a violent murder each year, a bizarre ritual that suggests how dangerous traditions can be....   [tags: The Lottery, Shirley Jackson, Stoning, Narrative]

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The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

- ... The ending of the story is so tragic, Tessie died because she was killed by stones. In other words, she died not because of people who was not fighting hard enough, either because of the tradition was so strict, she died because nobody was fighting for her, nobody dared to make any differences. This is what the author 's trying to tell us. The theme of the story exactly reveals to the world about how does making no choice become the worst choice. What 's so bad about this is without holding the possibilities in one 's hands, it always leads to the worst scenario....   [tags: Short story, The Lottery, Shirley Jackson]

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The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

- The lottery The Lottery by Shirley Jackson is about how society runs towards violence to practice tradition whether it have a purpose and meaning or it is bizarre and pointless and people tend to look for such event to vent their rage and anger out towards others. The story is written based on irony, making the reader thinks that nothing is wrong and everything is going well in this little village. Jackson mostly uses situational irony throughout the story, surprising the reader by the characters actions and the event of the story....   [tags: The Lottery, Stoning, Shirley Jackson, Rajm]

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The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

- ... By ironically choosing a pleasant environment in which to set her “horror story”, Jackson conveys the ugly truth that incidences such as these can occur anytime, anywhere. Through the power of mob mentality, any friendly looking environment can succumb to carrying out horrible deeds if it is masked as a tradition or a law. Also, it conveys how traditions can look pleasing on the surface but be harmful in nature, just as how the setting was portrayed in the story (sunny and blooming on the outside but barbaric and violent on the inside)....   [tags: Short story, Shirley Jackson, The Lottery]

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The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

- ... o The reality: winning is death by stoning to cause an unknown change; and crops grow, good or poorly, whether there is a lottery or not. What does she use to support her decisions. The village’s common acceptance, actions, expectations, and nostalgia relating to the lottery and the change and crops the lottery brings to the village. Examples: • Villagers believe the lottery and its rituals are valid and an acceptable practice o Villagers know what winning means, but shield their minds from the truth o Villagers do not talk or think about what the lottery really means o Villagers assume the lottery brings change and crops, so it is necessary....   [tags: Short story, The Lottery, Shirley Jackson]

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The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

- "The Lottery", a short story, by Shirley Jackson is a very suspenseful yet shocking read, which focus on how tragic it can be to blindly follow a tradition. The story is set in a small town, on the summer morning of June 27th. The story begins with the towns people gathering in the town square to carry out a lottery. The author explains that this is a long standing tradition in the local towns, where people gather every year to conduct a lottery. However, as the story progresses the reader come to realize that this story is not as simple and straight forward as the title suggests....   [tags: Short story, Fiction, Shirley Jackson]

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The Lottery, By Shirley Jackson

- ... Old Man Warner is an example of irrational authority because the others in a way want to give up the lottery and with good reason; the interests of the people is ignored by the authoritative figure (Fromm 363). The authoritative symbol is the black box, which is used to do the lottery. Although it may not seem like a box can control people; it has a sense of tradition to it and for that reason, it manipulates the people in the town into thinking that they have to do the lottery or else something bad will happen to them all (Jackson 212)....   [tags: Short story, The Lottery, Shirley Jackson]

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The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

- ... Men and women were carrying on everyday conversations, while their children were casually laughing and playing with stones. Jackson best represents the casual tone of the story with the statement “… 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.” As the time moves closer to the ritual of the lottery, the townspeople start to become quieter and some even experience hesitation knowing what is to come (Jackson)....   [tags: Short story, The Lottery, Shirley Jackson]

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The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

- When reading either a short story or a poem, it is important to take everything with a grain of salt and to look past what the words are saying. In the story “The Lottery” written by Shirley Jackson all that occurs is not as seems. What appears to be an old town tradition turns out to be a public killing in the center of the town. Several elements of the story, whether it is something large or small, go beyond the literal sense and take on a more significant and symbolic meaning. The black box, the white pieces of paper within the box, and the entire lottery event in general are all symbols in the story because they contribute to the development of the true meaning behind what “The Lottery”...   [tags: Short story, Shirley Jackson, The Lottery]

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The Lottery, By Shirley Jackson

- ... Foreshadowing is also used many times and in many different ways in “The Lottery.” Foreshadowing is an advanced warning of what is to come in the future (www.vocabulary.com). Jackson foreshadows the cruel events to come by including the second paragraph. “Bobby Martin had already stuffed his pockets full of stones, and the other boys soon followed his example, selecting the smoothest and roundest stones,.. they eventually made a great pile of stones in one corner of the square (Jackson, 1)....   [tags: The Lottery, Short story, Shirley Jackson]

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The Lottery, By Shirley Jackson

- ... She depicts the villagers with a lack of knowledge about the lottery’s origin as well, but she shows how they continue to try to reserve the tradition without real understanding. “The Lottery” suggests that traditions and ceremonies are very critical to the survival of the village and the people within it. The village participates in a “lottery” that concludes with a vicious murder every year, an inexplicable customary that advocates how dangerous tradition are when it is blindly followed. Old Man Warner declares there was a saying: "Lottery in June, corn is heavy soon" (Jackson, 136)....   [tags: Short story, The Lottery, Shirley Jackson]

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The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

- ... The box is very similar to traditions. They both grow old. Each year it becomes more useless, and deteriorates with time. The next symbol in “The Lottery” are the stones used to murder Tessie. They symbolize murder. “Although the villagers had forgotten the ritual and lost the original black box, they still remembered to use the stones” (Jackson). The stones were used by the ancestors, who were more barbaric the further back they go. “Bobby Martin had already stuffed his pockets full of stones, and the other boys soon followed his example, selecting the smoothest and roundest stones” (Jackson)....   [tags: Short story, The Lottery, Shirley Jackson]

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The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

- ... Old man Warner in the village looks down upon the other towns that have removed the lottery calling them a “pack of crazy fools” (Jackson). His opinion is that without the lottery, the villagers will return back to their primitive ancestral behaviors. Since no one has spoken out against the lottery, this allowed stoning or murder has become normal to the people of the village. They feel as if they cannot change or even try to change any parts of the tradition, however, no one is forcing them to keep doing the lottery....   [tags: The Lottery, Short story, Shirley Jackson]

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The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

- Shirley Jackson’s renowned short story “The Lottery” is one of the most recognized short stories today as it draws people in due to the work’s unexpected ending. Centered in a small, unnamed town, “The Lottery” follows the townspeople throughout their annual lottery process that is performed with the same level of regard as the school dances. Throughout the story the ‘prize’ of the lottery is not revealed until the moment in the story’s conclusion in which the protagonist, Tessie Hutchinson, is hit in the head with the first of many rocks after drawing the marked slip of paper revealing that to win the lottery is to be stoned by the community (Jackson 673-679)....   [tags: Short story, The Lottery, Shirley Jackson]

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The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

- When you hear the word “lottery”, the average person would usually think of something good or “clear and sunny” (1). This short story will have the reader thinking differently. Whether you love it or hate it, “The Lottery” has sparked emotion in everyone who has read the short story. This story masterfully shows that some traditions are not meant to be kept. Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” is a short story about the yearly lottery in a small village of three hundred. Everyone in the village picks a ticket out of the black box starting with the husband....   [tags: Short story, The Lottery, Shirley Jackson]

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The Lottery, By Shirley Jackson

- Families and towns today embrace their own culture and teach the unwritten laws of their ancestors through tradition, or the spread of customs or beliefs from generation to generation. Tradition allows a reflection to be made on the world of others, reminding people of their connection to something of a bigger purpose. In The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson, a tradition is instilled in the residents of a small, dreary town to partake in a town-wide lottery. This story begins in the spirit of tradition but ends with a custom amidst a dark end....   [tags: The Lottery, Stoning, Shirley Jackson, Sacrifice]

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The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

- In the Lottery by Shirley Jackson, this short passage, discuss the significance of characterization, tone, symbolism, metaphor, similes and different phrases each of these subjects helps shape the short story. In this short story the Lottery takes place in a small village in which the town gathers around in order to pick names out of the box. This story has to deal with the themes dangers of blindly following tradition but also the randomness of persecution. In the short story the Lottery gave off to be an interesting passage with different themes which are danger of blindly following tradition and also the randomness of persecution....   [tags: The Lottery, Short story, Shirley Jackson]

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The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

- ... The reason for the sacrifice is so the town may have a plentiful harvest. All of the people in the town would pick up rocks and stone the person, who was the sacrifice. It will make you question, how they though it was morally okay to kill someone and think that it is not murder. It was got worse when you realize that even the police officers and mayor were throwing the stones at the sacrifice. The fact that Tessie’s own son threw a stone at her was heartbreaking. It was heart breaking in that he did not know any better but was doing as the towns people wanted him to do, which was throw a stone....   [tags: Short story, Shirley Jackson, The Lottery]

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The Lottery, By Shirley Jackson

- ... At the same time Jackson makes quick work of another theme, mob psychology. The ritual itself is mob like. The stoning of Tessie Hutchinson is a prime example of how “civilized” humans are capable of mob “brutality”(Moss, Joyce, and Wilson, 238). To illustrate the stoning is literally a mob of people hurling rocks at a member of their community till the repetitive force or a big enough rock kills them. The “mob psychology” that “rules their actions” is clear (May, 2451). Jackson could not have created a better example of mob psychology....   [tags: The Lottery, Short story, Ritual, Shirley Jackson]

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Shirley Jackson 's The Lottery

- The Lottery was published in 1949, it is one of Shirley Jackson’s most successful stories and is particularly her most analyzed story. The secret to its success is embedded in the literature arising from Jackson 's use of many literary technic to evoke dramatic irony to its readers. This is an absurd story about the strange tradition. The story revolves around an annual lottery was held in the village and the winner will die because villagers will throw stones to him/her. This piece of story through a grim lottery to show the ruthless and indifference between people....   [tags: Short story, Shirley Jackson, The New Yorker]

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The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

- 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 Lottery, By Shirley Jackson

- ... Just like the Germans followed Hitler and thought everything was perfect just the way it is. After being published, many individuals were so angry they unsubscribed from The New Yorker and sent her threat notes. The most horrifying part is that in many of the letters she got some people asked her where they can go view a Lottery themselves. The reader can notice that one main theme Shirley Jacksons points out in her story is that most humans are corrupt. This view is shown by using allegorical devices, foreshadowing, and irony, to prove that humans blindly follow which lead to immoral human actions....   [tags: Shirley Jackson, Short story, The New Yorker]

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The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

- The meaning of the word “Lottery” is a “gambling game or method of raising money, as for some public charitable purpose, in which a large number of tickets are sold and a drawing is held for certain prizes” (“The Definition of Lottery”). In the short story “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, published in 1948, the word “lottery” takes on a whole new meaning. The lottery is a game of chance but not the chance that the winner will be rewarded greatly if you win. It’s the chance of having the townspeople chase and throwing stones at the “winner.” “Tessie Hutchinson was in the center of a cleared space by now, and she held her hands out desperately as the villagers moved in on her....   [tags: Short story, The Lottery, Shirley Jackson, Fiction]

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The Lottery, By Shirley Jackson

- To Never Graduate: Traditions Within a Family, Shirley Jackson “The Lottery” A tradition is an event that never graduates. It is a celebration for people to appreciate their ancestors and pass down the event to their sons and daughters so they can keep it alive. Although some aspects of a tradition change, the main idea or cause of the tradition to occur is always the same, just like in the short story, “The Lottery.” The key concept of the story is to show that a tradition must be equivalent to the year before if order for it to be the same custom....   [tags: Short story, Shirley Jackson, The New Yorker]

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The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

- “The Lottery”, written by author Shirley Jackson, is short story about a small village that holds a lottery every year. All the people who lived in the village, men, women and children, would come together in the town square at a specific time on a specified day in June each year. Each head of the families would draw a ticket. The family with the marked ticket would draw tickets to see who the final winner would be. The person to draw the winning marked ticket was stoned to death in the square by the entire town....   [tags: The Lottery, Shirley Jackson, Short story, Stoning]

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The Lottery, By Shirley Jackson

- Typically, when someone thinks of a lottery they think of something positive and exciting but contrary to this idea in Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”, the connotation has an entirely different meaning. As the story begins, readers lean towards the belief that the town in which Jackson depicts is filled with happiness and joy. “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” (Jackson 247) We soon realize that this notion is far from the truth....   [tags: The Lottery, Short story, Stoning, Shirley Jackson]

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The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

- “The Lottery” written by Shirley Jackson is a short story about an annual lottery held in a small village amongst the three hundred villagers. A lottery is usually associated with cash prizes or free trips, but in this story, the winner of the lottery is rewarded by being stoned to death by the townspeople. “On a late summer morning, the villagers of a small New England town gather to conduct their annual lottery” (Mazeeno 1). As the villagers gather in the square, everyone is chipper and anxious to get the lottery over with....   [tags: The Lottery, Stoning, Short story, Shirley Jackson]

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The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

- ... The catch though is that the people of their society don’t even do the ritual for the belief of receiving a good harvest such as done when the ritual was first started. They just do the ritual because it has been done for years before them and no one wanted to mess that up, “…no one liked to upset even as much tradition as was represented by the black box” (52). It is one thing for a society to have a sacrifice because they truly believe it will bring them good crops, but if those beliefs change over time then why keep the tradition alive....   [tags: Short story, Shirley Jackson, The Lottery, Time]

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The Lottery, By Shirley Jackson

- 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 By Shirley Jackson

- When Tradition Takes Over “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson is a short story that brings to light the problems a society faces when blindly following traditions. Due to a tradition as old as the town itself, every year someone is forced to draw the “black spot.” This black spot means that person is stoned to death, regardless of family status or even age. Communities have a tendency to stick to traditions, regardless of how logical it may or may not be, how old it is, or even whether or not everyone understands why they continue it; and traditions should always have their importance reevaluated....   [tags: Short story, Stoning, Shirley Jackson, Logic]

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Literary Elements Of The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

- ... The kids would start gathering first, then the men, and then the women and they all would present themselves wearing nice cloths as if attending a special event. This became such a tradition that people even forgot about it and this is made evident when Mrs. Hutchinson said “and then I looked out the window and the kids was gone, and then I remembered it was the twenty-seventh and came a-running" (Jackson). Mrs. Hutchinson had put a target on her back from then on because she was seen as an outsider or not normal because she had joined the group late....   [tags: The Lottery, Shirley Jackson, Short story]

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The Unfair Tradition Of The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

- ... This box ultimately dictates who is safe and who is not. If your name is drawn with a black dot on it, you are turned on by the whole community and stoned to death. Why this is accepted in the community. No one dares to question the traditions they have been following for years now. The black box is old and falling apart and yet no one from the village vouches to replace it; thus being a metaphor of the villages’ lottery tradition. As every family gathers for the lottery, Mr. Summers calls family names to make sure no one is absent....   [tags: The Lottery, Shirley Jackson, Stoning, Village]

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Analysis Of Shirley Jackson 's ' The Lottery '

- ... Typically, when picking rocks any type is sufficiently perfect. We children find out school is over they are overwhelmed with joy and excitement, why do they seem so unpleasant. As the story advances and a larger amount of people begin to arrive, it seems that most of the fictional characters seem to have rather ironic names. The man who was in charge the lottery was also, the one who oversaw all the other events as well was named Mr. Summers seems ironic, knowing he’s the one that oversees this event....   [tags: Short story, Shirley Jackson, The Lottery]

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Analysis Of Shirley Jackson 's The Lottery

- ... Summers is said to be wearing, “his clean white shirt and blue jeans” (373). Jackson uses a setting that was very relatable to many Americans at that time and one that is still relatable today. Jackson even went as far as to show the way men talked to each other at that point in time by writing, “[the men are] surveying their own children, speaking of planting and rain, tractors, and taxes” (373). Some would just assume that Shirley Jackson was just using these comparisons s or commentaries as just words taking place on a page; however it was meant as more than just filler to hit a word count goal....   [tags: Short story, Shirley Jackson, The New Yorker]

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The Lottery And The Possibility Of Evil By Shirley Jackson

- Many authors have a particular style that is threaded through all of their work. This is the case with the short stories “The Lottery” and “The Possibility of Evil” by Shirley Jackson. The stories themselves are very different, but there are many common threads between the two. The two stories share a theme, action for the greater good. Both stories have events that the person or people committing the action believe must happen. These actions may harm others, but it is for the betterment of the world in their opinion....   [tags: Short story, Shirley Jackson, The New Yorker]

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Analysis Of Shirley Jackson 's ' The Lottery '

- “Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon” (142), the well-known quote by Old Man Warner that is familiar to Shirley Jackson’s readers is an expression that has a lot of value in the short story, “The Lottery.” This story’s title does not exactly mean what first comes to ones mind when thinking of the word “lottery”, but as the story slowly unfolds it becomes more clear of what once seemed good natured turns out to be inhumane. We learn that winning the lottery in this story means to actually win death by stoning....   [tags: The Lottery, Short story, Shirley Jackson, Stoning]

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Personal Interpretation Of The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

- 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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Analysis Of Shirley Jackson 's ' The Lottery '

- Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery is a jaw-dropper to say the least. The abrupt change in mood from relaxing to horrifying completely blindsides the reader. However, if you read very closely you can see one clue which symbolizes death, and they all tie into the gruesome ending that Jackson delivers. The unifying idea that all symbols in The Lottery tie into is death because they are all represented as dark and gloomy-like objects and vaguely hint at a ghastly conclusion. The black box in The Lottery relates back to death by being shown as the mind of death....   [tags: Short story, Thought, Mind, Shirley Jackson]

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Gender Roles : The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

- ... Women have no one on their side and more so someone who they can depend on not even their family members and their fellow women. Women in this society are not allowed to have any opinion on what their husbands had to say or rather have to say anything. The position of women in the society is to be loyal to their men and their decisions. When Mrs. Adams brought the idea that lottery was not played anywhere else on earth, the Old Man Warner ignores her research by saying that people who do not play lottery anymore are nothing but “Pack of young fools” (Jackson, 4)....   [tags: Gender role, Gender, Shirley Jackson, Woman]

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Analysis Of Shirley Jackson 's The Lottery

- Change. The first step of evolution in a society. Without change, history is bound to repeat itself. But (however?) with it we can grow to view things with a new perspective. One might wonder why humans are not more accepting of change. The answer is the fear of the unknown. In literature there are many symbols that represent how fear of change negatively impacts a society and its people. Shirley Jackson’s short story The Lottery introduces us to such a society. Every year on June 27th the lottery is held....   [tags: The Lottery, Short story, Culture, Shirley Jackson]

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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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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]

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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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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]

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The Lottery, By Shirley Jackson And The Ones Who Walk Away

- Throughout your life starting from when you were a child you have experienced different point of views from watching and listening to people. Whether you realize it or not what you have experience has shaped you into the person you are today. The two short stories “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson and “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” by Ursula K. Le Guin and the essay “Hook Ups Starve the Soul” by Laura Vanderkam, are examples of how precedents can influence individuals decisions. These three texts reveal this concept by showing how individuals can be influenced by the actions that people are doing around them, by traditions that were set by past civilians, as well as following any previo...   [tags: Short story, Shirley Jackson, The New Yorker]

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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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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]

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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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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]

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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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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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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]

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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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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]

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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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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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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]

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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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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]

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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]

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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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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 - 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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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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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]

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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]

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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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