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Anaylsis of Jackson's The Lottery

- Tradition is a large part of life today, but decades ago it was almost a way of life and if it was not followed there were stiff consequences. The story is misleading by the title because of the normal thought of a lottery is something positive or a giveaway. The story is quite the opposite of the common thought. The main point that Jackson shows in “The Lottery” is that people can be involved with such a violent act and think nothing of it. In the story all the people are happy, “they stood together, away from the pile of stones in the corner, and their jokes were quiet and they smiled rather than laughed.”(Jackson 124)....   [tags: the lottery]

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Inhumane Acts of Society Illustrated in Jackson's The Lottery

- Shirley Jackson's “The Lottery” shows the reader that the human race will do any horrible act for success, in this case holding a town lottery where the winner is stoned to death in the towns square in hopes of a bountiful corn crop come during harvest time. The lottery is a tradition held in the town annually on June 27 and is done right as the corn is ready to become fruitful. Even in the day and age where technology is used for farming (tractors, plows) to till and harvest the land, this is a communal tradition that cannot be broken....   [tags: The Lottery]

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Family and Tradition in The Lottery

- Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” published in 1948 takes place in a small village in New England. Upon first reading it would seem as though the lottery that took place in the village was a family friendly tradition that had been carried on for many years. However upon a closer look, it seems as if “family friendly” could be the wrong term to use to describe the lottery due to the nature of what takes place during this tradition. So, the question stands, is the lottery really a family friendly tradition in the village....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]

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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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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]

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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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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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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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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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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 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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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]

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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]

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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]

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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

- 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

- 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]

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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]

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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]

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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

- “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 Texas Lottery Commission

- Everyday, there are a lot of people who play lottery in Texas. Is the lottery a good idea. Can we get happiness from winning the lottery. There are more questions to be considered concerning to the lottery. In this paper, I will write about the Texas Lottery Commission, and how it was established, its purpose, the organization and the current leader. The Texas lottery is a lottery, which is available in Texas. It is operated by the government, and its headquarter is situated in downtown Austin, Texas....   [tags: winning the lottery]

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The Lottery, By Hicks

- ... Hutchinson gets stoned and her little boy helps during the process. The irony of having a guy named Mr. Graves helping with the lottery is a big ironic symbol. The story is perfected by the small details such as the scene, time, and the surroundings. Nebeker writes in 'The Lottery ': Symbolic Tour de Force about how the symbolism is strong especially with the black box, black represents death, and the ritualistic ideas (Nebeker). The date itself is June 27th and that is the season of the summer solstice which is known for the ritualistic times (Nebeker)....   [tags: Stoning, The Lottery, Rajm, The New Yorker]

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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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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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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

- 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 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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Parallel Criticism of The Lottery and The United States Army Lottery Draft

- The fundamental principles of “utilitarianism” is that the moral is worthy of an action that benefits the majority of the population and minimizes the negative consequence of the action, thus the “greatest happiness rationale” rules. This further implies that the welfare of the entire population is more important than the welfare of a sole individual. Shirley Jackson’s, “The Lottery”, and the United States military draft lottery demonstrate two different examples of lottery practices – the stoning in “the Lottery” and the raising of military manpower through the draft lottery....   [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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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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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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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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How the Author Feels about The Lottery

- Many different forms of writings fall under the term ‘Literature’, and they are categorized in different genres, for instance, epics, novels, short stories, poem and many more. . Among all kinds of literature, short stories are mostly known and around for its limited length, a solid construction, and a less complexity. Many factors exist that influences literatures over different time periods, in different culture and from an author to an author. Among all kinds of literature, short stories are mostly known and around for its limited length, a solid construction, and a less complexity....   [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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Symbolism and Characterization in Jackson’s The Lottery

- Traditions are passed on, from previous generations in Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”. Traditions, which have been lost in time, but seemingly enough the stones have not been discarded. Set on a village in a warm summer day, the story begins with several boys gathering stones for the lottery. The rest of the villagers gather in the square. The fate of the villagers is determined by a slip of paper chosen from the black box. Symbolism and characterization, from the beginning to the end, work together to reveal the story’s theme: that people blindly follow tradition even if it leads to their own destruction....   [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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Lottery Ticket Should Not Be Banned

- ... Recent data has shown that despite the fact, that the majority of states required schools to receive 34 percent of lottery sales, they hardly get the actual amount of money. After gambled lottery dollar is given back in prize money, and operating expenses swallow another 20 percent, on average, leaving just 28 cents of every lottery dollar going back to school classrooms. Lotteries sales do go to towards education, but not nearly as some people might assume. Even when proceeds are meant for education, lotteries generally cover only a fraction of state education spending....   [tags: Lottery, Lotteries in the United States]

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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]

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The Significance of Tradition in The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson

- A clear sunny day immediately turns dark with a glimpse of a sinister surprise. Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” is a twisted tale that takes place midsummer in the early twentieth century. A small village of three hundred conducts a heinous ritual once a year which in consequence results in a loss of their community. Members of the village are reluctant to let go of the tradition of the lottery. Symbolism within “The Lottery” illustrates a transformation of the community values. There are several glimpses of the future that are represented by symbols such as the black box....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]

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Use of Scapegoats in The Lottery and in Our World

- An obsession exists in the world today based solely upon the use of scapegoats. According to the dictionary, a scapegoat consists of a person or group made to bear the blame for others or to suffer in their place. Some of the most influential scapegoats consist of Jesus Christ taking suffering for the sins of civilization, the Jewish population being punished for the problems in Germany, and more recently the U.S. citizens who perished in 9/11 being punished for the sins of America....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]

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The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

- ... The story’s conflict is visible when Bill is identified as the annual lottery sacrifice, but Tessie Hutchinson conflicts with Mr. Summers’s process of distributing each piece of paper by stating “’You didn’t give him time enough to take any paper he wanted. I saw you. It’s wasn’t fair!’”(293). This causes for a redrawing composed of all the Hutchinson family picking from the black box which result in Tessie Hutchinson being selected as the annual sacrifice. Up to this point of the story none of the town villagers argued or debated about the annual lottery traditional until the lottery was conducted....   [tags: Narrative, Narrator, Town, The Lottery]

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The Lottery, By Shirley Jackson

- ... Kennedy and Dana Gioia, 2016, 236 and 243). It is unreliable narrators that are the most surprising. They can be cruel or unassuming, innocent or insane. The narrator for The Lottery, however, is none of the above, as the narrator remains objective throughout the brutal murder of Tessie Hutchinson (Jackson, 1948, Kennedy and Gioia, 2016, 243). At this point it is logical to point out the differences between the author and the narrator. While the narrator of The Lottery remains objective throughout the short story, the author had a goal in mind, which was “to shock the story’s readers with a graphic demonstration of the pointless violence and general inhumanity of their own lives” (Kenned...   [tags: Short story, The Lottery, Narrator]

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The Lottery, By Shirley Jackson

- ... Old Man Warner said, “[…], ‘Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon, […]’,” he believes that sacrifice one of his neighbors is going to bring him and his villagers corn and ample crops. The other thing he said is, “’Seventy-seventh year I been in the lottery’,” that means seventy-seven people have been slayed by him since he became eighteen years old. Eventually, he and villagers become complacent about this tradition. Just like in Christmas, there’s always been a Christmas. People celebrate Christmas every year since he sacrificed himself for people’s sin and they celebrate this tradition to remember Jesus Christ’s birth....   [tags: The Lottery, Stoning, Jesus, Christ]

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Symbols Of The Lottery, By Shirley Jackson

- ... “In French, ‘Delacroix’ means ‘of the cross’” (183). The fact that the villagers pronounce this name “Dellacroy” proves that they have strayed from the traditional Christian comprehension of the Crucifixion of Christ, but “Mrs. Delacroix’s name alludes to the pseudo-crucifixion of Tessie” (183). The Graves represent what will happen to the winners at the end of the lottery. “‘Graves’ sounds a somber, forewarning note of what will happen to Tessie” (183). These characters’ recurrences and actions in the story predict Tessie’s near future....   [tags: The Lottery, Short story, Allegory, Stoning]

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The Lottery Is A Story About A Tradition

- ... Shirley Jackson gives us insight that blindly following tradition can create violence in society and how it can affect the people. When someone is picked for The Lottery, “the victim and his/her family do not have any right to say a single word against society,” according to Junaid’s short story post. Blindly following tradition, the practice of doing something that is wrong, but you still do it, becomes a bad thing when the tradition leads to terrible outcomes. The Lottery shows that the violence that goes around in the story destroys the society and makes family members go against their own families, “There’s Don and Eva.” Mrs....   [tags: Shirley Jackson, Short story, The Lottery]

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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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Analysis Of The Book ' The Lottery '

- The Plot The Lottery begins by the action of the children in the town gather first and collect stones, then the adults arrive, and they chatting with each other for a while before they call the children back to the order. The lottery is the process to find a person win the lottery, and that can be anyone from the village. The ritual start at ten a clock in the morning and is conducted by Mr. Summer, who “had time and energy to devote to civic activities” of this small town (Shirley 13). After the random of papers selection which is done by the “heads of households in each family”from the black box, Bill Hutchinson gets the winning ticket (Shirley 14)....   [tags: The Lottery, Short story, Jape, The Reader]

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The Lottery, By Shirley Jackson

- ... Summers is the great one to conduct the lottery. The lottery is run by Joe Summers, with his assistant Mr. Graves. Joe Summers seems to have some power in the village because he conducts all of the social events. “The lottery was conducted as were the square dances, the teen club, the Halloween program by Mr. Summers, who had time and energy to devote to civic activities” (Jackson 373). Joe Summers almost completely controls the lottery. Before he comes to the lottery, children run, joke, and collect the stones....   [tags: Short story, The Lottery, Shirley Jackson]

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Rules Of Society 's ' The Lottery '

- Rules of Society in Jackson’s “The Lottery” The titular lottery begins on a morning in June, with the entire town planning to take part in it. It seems a quaint, normal event; the adults chat amiably and the children laugh and carry on as expected. The only hint that anything seems amiss at first is the scattered gossip regarding the state of the lottery in other areas, along with the idea that the event is distinctly tied with a good harvest. Once the Hutchinson family is picked, however, it is immediately clear that things are not what they seem....   [tags: Bible, Christianity, The Lottery, Fred Phelps]

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The Lottery Is A Bad Thing

- ... This is what happened with the Hutchinson family. When Bill Hutchinson opened his paper and saw that it would be his family on the line, his wife shouted to the crowd that Mr. Summers “didn’t give [Mr. Hutchinson] time enough to take any paper he wanted” (Jackson) and how it was not fair. Here, there is still a sense of family because Mrs. Hutchinson is upset that it is her family up for the final lottery. Very shortly after though, Mr. Summers asks the Hutchinson family if there are “any other households in the Hutchinsons” (Jackson), and Mrs....   [tags: The Lottery, Stoning, Family, Capital punishment]

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The Lottery, By Shirley Jackson

- ... This could potentially give away what the lottery is and the purpose taking away the shock factor at the end. At times the narrator is at a distance and reports actions and general reactions. In addition, the nameless narrator has a good supply of extra information about the background of the lottery and also about the activities of Mr. Graves and Mr. Summers the night prior to the lottery. In the 6th paragraph Jackson says, “The night before the lottery, Mr. summers and Mr. Graves made up the slips of paper and put them in the box, and it was then taken to the safe of Mr....   [tags: The Lottery, Shirley Jackson, Stoning, Narrative]

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The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

- ... The husbands are gather in a group having small talk about taxes, farming crops, and exchanging jokes. Lastly, the writer discussing the length of the lottery. The lottery in this village lasts two hours giving enough time for villagers to “get home for noon dinner” (1). To the reader new to this short story, this would seem like a harmless prize winning lottery. The reader will knowingly be lured into the vicious stoning. To fully understand this story, it has to be read more than once. The second or third time around, most readers begin to see how the writer used irony and symbolism throughout the short story....   [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

- ... When the story first opens up, the introductory scene that opens the story up includes children gathering stones and running to the destination where the lottery takes place. According to Linda Wagner-Martin’s journal, “The Lottery by Shirley Jackson”, she explains that the children running around provides a calm and peaceful vibe to the story. She also explains that bringing the children into the description creates a poignancy not only for the death of Tessie, the mother, but for the sympathy the crowd gives to her youngest son, Dave....   [tags: The Lottery, Shirley Jackson, Short story]

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Analysis Of The Poem ' The Lottery '

- ... Tessie happens to have the slip of paper with the black dot and what comes next shocks all readers; Tessie is chosen to be stoned to death. The end of the short story reads “Old Man Warner was saying, “Come on, come on, everyone.” Steve Adams was in the front of the crowd of villagers with Mrs. Graves beside him. “It isn’t fair, it isn’t right,” Mrs. Hutchinson screamed, and then they were upon her.” Kate Chopin’s short story The Story of an Hour also deals with love and death but in a different way....   [tags: The Lottery, Short story, Shirley Jackson]

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The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

- ... Generation after generation of following the same tradition over an over again doesn’t stand out, to being an unfair or inhumane action. But also the villagers will never realize how unfair the community is being coming until they’re in the shoes of the person being stoned till death. Another theme that the passage gives the reader is how family is a big part of this passage. Family matters very much in the passage but once that person is chosen to be stoned that person is no longer a family member but instead a target....   [tags: The Lottery, Short story, Shirley Jackson]

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The Lottery, By Shirley Jackson

- ... Tessie Hutchinson, the chosen sacrifice, began the lottery excited to partake in the event until it led to her own stoning. Finally, Old Man Warner, the oldest man in the village at age 77, believes the lottery should continue to keep people away from becoming barbaric. Without this tradition, he believes the town would lead itself to disaster. As a yearly event, one that occurs just as “the square dances, the teen club, and the Halloween program” (Jackson 4), the people of the small community gathered to partake in the lottery without much thought....   [tags: The Lottery, Stoning, Shirley Jackson, Sacrifice]

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The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

- ... Once the lottery has begun, the different families become important as it is at this level that they first put themselves at risk as the male head of the house draws for his entire family. Once the first round is done, the unlucky family who selects the marked slip is essentially torn apart as each member’s concern is that of their own as they are no longer at risk as a family, but as the individual. Whittier calls attention to the breakdown of the families in his statement that the story “reveals the fragility of the nuclear family, which is necessary for the ritual of the lottery, but which the lottery effectively divides into competing individuals” (353)....   [tags: Short story, The Lottery, Shirley Jackson]

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The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

- ... Jackson wrote the story “On a bright spring morning in 1948, she walked down the Prospect hill with a baby stroller for a round of village errands. An hour or so later, Shirley Jackson pushed the stroller up the hill with newspapers, the mail, groceries -- and a story in mind. Once home, she set her toddler in the playpen and wrote "The Lottery" in less than two hours (Yarmove). It is also Ironic that Jackson was living in a small village in Vermont during writing the lottery on a sunny day; this story was inspired by Jackson’s current setting and perhaps this simple village that she was living in, also has a dark, different personality from its outside, such as the village in the story...   [tags: The Lottery, Stoning, Shirley Jackson, Rajm]

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The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

- ... A black box that Jackson describes as being so old, that it doesn’t even resemble a box any longer. It has been “put into use even before, Old Man Warner, the oldest man in town, was born.” (Jackson) She further states that only a few remember the history behind the tradition. It is so ingrained they “half listened to directions.” (Jackson) Jackson is trying to show how outlandish it is to act in certain ways without even knowing the reason, particularly when it comes to doing something so horrible-but they keep practicing this ritual every year because “there always been a lottery.” (Jackson)....   [tags: The Lottery, Stoning, Rajm, Short story]

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Analysis of Shirley Jackson's Short Story, The Lottery

- Analysis of Shirley Jackson's Short Story The Lottery Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” is a great short story. It focuses on a small village that has a “lottery” every year. This lottery is a ritual that has been passed down since the founders of the village. Everyone participates, but it is not clear in the beginning what happens when someone wins the lottery. It keeps you reading to find out what happens. Jackson used irony to great effect in this story. The fact that the story is called “The Lottery” is ironic as the winner doesn’t win anything at all....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]

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The Lottery, By Shirley Jackson

- Winning the Lottery The lottery is perceived as a great gamble, with an enormous cash payout. Most who play the game don’t ever assume they will win. In Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery this is very much the case. Everyone plays the game but never assumes they will be the one winning the prize. That prize, as is tradition, is to be stoned to death. Jackson shows how hard it is to break traditions and go against the community, and that violence is in human nature. First, Jackson depicts a small country town with deep roots in their traditions....   [tags: The Lottery, Stoning, Rajm, Capital punishment]

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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]

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The Price Of Purchasing Lottery Tickets

- ... You finally get to work on time, and the boss calls you in to his office and briefly mentions a raise. Suddenly, a slight itch on the palm of your hands begins releasing dopamine, and you say to yourself, “if I bought a Lotto ticket, I would hit the jackpot for sure.” Now, feeling lucky and quite hyped about the promotion, you run to the nearest Stripes to spend the few bucks you had saved for lunch on a Texas Lotto ticket and a scratch off card. You pick some lucky numbers, and beg the Virgin Mary for help so that hopefully you double your money and buy yourself a nice hot meal....   [tags: Lottery, Gambling, Scratchcard, Mega Millions]

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The Use of Selective Exposition in The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson

- A typical story is littered with details, explaining the history of the world the story takes place in, who the characters in the story are, all the while remaining correlated to the plot and subplots that drive the story forward. The story The Lottery by Shirley Jackson however does not follow these conditions, as the reader is left to interpret a majority of the story on their own as it progresses. Jackson is not the only writer to incorporate a style of selective exposition in their work; Raymond Carver is widely recognized for his rejection of explanation and the use of characters that do not always communicate with one another, both of which are elements which Jackson incorporates into...   [tags: The Lottery Essays]

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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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The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

- In “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, there are certain traditions that are upheld by the characters in the story. These characters that Jackson created are not even sure why they are following the traditions. This story shows the reader how mankind will react to different situations that they are put into. Even when something is going bad or is wrong, people will not be a leader and stop it. The characters in this story should not have tolerated with the inhumane tradition that was held every year....   [tags: Stoning, Capital punishment, The Lottery, Rajm]

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The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

- ... This is significant as it relates to our society because of how we tend to group people together, rather than look at people as individuals. For instance, like our society, there was a censes of sorts. “There were lists to make up-of heads of families, heads of household in each family, members of each household in each family” (Jackson 134). This “list” for the lottery relates to how our society breaks families down from top to bottom and the gender rolls they play. “Soon the men began to gather, surveying their own children, speaking of planting and rain, tractors and taxes....   [tags: Short story, The Lottery, Family, Religion]

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Losing by Winning the Lottery by Shirley Jackson

- Losing by Winning the Lottery The story by Shirley Jackson “The Lottery” was written in 1948; it describes a village getting ready for their annual lottery. The lottery is not what it seems to be and the writer does not give any additional information on the topic until the end of the narrative. The main achievement of this short piece is the suspense leading to the main idea and how the author incorporates the details. Jackson starts by describing the day and how beautiful it is “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” (1)....   [tags: annual lottery, villagers, suspense]

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Utopia and Dystopia in Harrison Bergeron and The Lottery

- Utopia and Dystopia are themes that explore the substantial extents of deceiving ascendancy and contrive an impelling illusion of a ‘perfect‘ society. Utopia is described as a place, state, or condition that is ideally perfect in respect of politics, laws, customs, and conditions while a dystopia, or a negative utopia, is a society characterized as an illusion of a perfect society maintained through oppressive societal control, in which exploits into an exaggerated worst-case scenario. The short stories, Harrison Bergeron, and The Lottery, are both literary examples imparted around a utopian society....   [tags: Harrison Bergeron, The Lottery]

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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

- 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

- ... The gathering is actually realistic because it shows that people coming together to celebrate, although they’re celebrating a fatality. “Jackson also makes use of symbolic names to give her story universal significance” (Mazeeno 1). The characters’ names are significantly important to the lottery. Jackson uses symbolic names, such as Delacroix, Summers, Graves, Warner, and Hutchinson, to foreshadow events associated with the lottery. Mrs. Delacroix’s name means “of the cross” in French Latin....   [tags: The Lottery, Stoning, Short story, Shirley Jackson]

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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 first character introduced that can represent something other than just a name is Mr. Summers. He is one of the main characters in the story therefore, he could represent the setting of the lottery; summer day on June 27th. The second person to be mentioned symbolizes where the winner of the lottery will end up; Mr. Graves. Old Man Warner is the oldest man in town and is used as a warning for the townspeople to what the lottery has in store after being in seventy-seven lotteries himself (Jackson 142)....   [tags: Short story, The Lottery, Shirley Jackson, Fiction]

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Irony : The Gift Of The Magi, And The Lottery

- Irony What is it about a story rich in irony that makes it so interesting. Irony causes the reader to expect the unexpected. As a reader you never know what’s going to happen, but you think you do. Irony may add humor to a story or help the reader to connect certain events. Irony is present in “Charles,” “The Gift of the Magi,” and “The Lottery.” “Charles” is written by Shirley Jackson. It is about a young boy named Laurie who had just started kindergarten. Every day when Laurie comes home from school he tells his parents about a boy in his class named Charles who is a very ornery boy....   [tags: The Lottery, Short story, Stoning, The New Yorker]

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The Lottery, By Shirley Jackson

- Yearly rituals are accepted by most people and the reasons behind the celebrations are unknown to most people. Americans practice different annual traditions such as Fourth of July, Easter egg hunt, Halloween, Veterans Day and more. Likewise for Shirley Jackson, a wife, mother, and author of six novels, two memoirs, and a collection of short stories including “The Lottery.” Jackson’s short twisted story, “The Lottery,” portrays a ritual almost as old as the town itself, especially for the fact that there’s no remembrance from the villagers or the oldest man, Old Man Warner, the real reason for the ceremony....   [tags: Short story, The Lottery, Conformity, Shut up]

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The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

- ... Although Jackson does leave some clues for the reader to pick up on, “Mr. Summers spoke frequently to the villagers about making a new box, but no one liked to upset even as much tradition as was represented by the black box” (140). Jackson’s point with this comment is how humans are too afraid to differ from what they know that they cannot even replace an old box. Not to mention the color of the box is associated with all evil. Black in this context symbolizes the fear of these villagers have in the concept of abolishing this ritual and how convoluted the stoning of people for a great harvest is....   [tags: Short story, Human, The Lottery, Shirley Jackson]

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