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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 Shirley Jackson

- It is funny how life works out sometimes. You never know what you are going to get. ‘The Lottery’ is a story about a small village that holds a lottery drawing in the middle of the town square. The “winner” of the lottery is then stoned by the town’s people. This piece of literature provides a clear example that things in life are not always what they seem. The way the characters present themselves in the beginning of the story puts an optimistic view on the lottery. After all, lotteries are generally associated with an increase of wealth and prosperity....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]

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An Analysis of The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson

- In "The Lottery," by Shirley Jackson, there are a series of traditions the story revolves around. The characters in the story don't seem to follow their traditions anymore. The story begins by explaining how the lottery works. The lottery takes place in many other towns. In this town it takes place on June 27 of every year. Everyone within town would gather at the town square, no matter what age. The black box is brought out and each head of the household pulls a small paper out of it. Only one of the papers will not be blank, it will have a black-penciled spot that is put on by the owner of the coal company....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]

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Analysis of Narrative Perspective in the Lottery

- "The Lottery" utilizes an objective third-person perspective to create suspense and foreshadow the ending. It begins by introducing a village and its people on a "clear and sunny" morning, "with the fresh warmth of a full-summer day" (NA, 781), with people finishing their tasks in order to gather for an annual town lottery. The narrator describes the community in a manner similar to that of an observant visitor. When the children leave school for the summer, with the boys gathering stones and the girls talking aside them, the reader is comforted by the light-hearted atmosphere of the village....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]

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The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson

- "The Lottery" is a short story that shows just how disturbing the human mind can be at times. As the story proceeds it builds the reader up till the end where what you thought was going to happen did not turn out that way. But is that not how our lives are portrayed. Do we not build ourselves up to society believing what they say and do until the matter is put into our hands. Mrs. Hutchinson was a follower of society just like we are. Everyday was the same routine and every year she played the lottery just like all of the other town people....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]

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Symbolism in The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson

- Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” is a chilling tale of a harsh ritualistic gathering conducted by people of a small village. The word lottery would typically remind someone of a drawing to win a cash prize. A better comparison to the story would be the lottery used to select troops for the Vietnam War; a lottery of death. Another would be the human sacrifices the Aztecs willingly made long ago. The story opens by embracing the reader with a relaxed setting, giving the anticipation for an optimistic story....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]

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The Role of the Narrator in The Lottery and A&P

- A story cannot be told without a narrator. In order for a story to be interesting and presentable it is important to have a narrator for a story. A narrator basically tells the story. He or she can either be part of a story or could also be outside the story as an observer. It is important for a story to have a narrator because through the narrator the reader gets to feel the and understand the thoughts and feelings of all the characters involved in the story. Readers can picture the setting of the story thorough the narrator's eyes, and get into the minds of the characters through the narrator's mind....   [tags: The Lottery and A&P]

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A Summary of The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson

- The orderly plot structure allows readers to experience the story as if they were witnessing actual events. The unsettling familiarity of these events suggests to readers that their community, too, may be clinging thoughtlessly to outdated traditions in spite of negative consequences. Because it does not evaluate or explain the savage events of the story, the objective, detached point of view used in "The Lottery" forces readers to ask the question, "why do people often get stuck on outdated traditions in spite of not only negative, but tragic consequences?" Shirley Jackson sets the savage ritual events of her story in a bland, unremarkable setting, suggesting that this disturbing scenario...   [tags: The Lottery Essays]

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Sociological Theory in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

- Sociological Theory in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson "The Lottery" is a short story by Shirley Jackson that was published in 1948 and gave a good example of the definition of the term sociological theory. This theory is a set of ideas on how people behave and how institutions operate. The analysis of this short story and the of the work of Emile Durkheim shows the relationship of the two in the field of Sociology. There are many well defined intertwining theories that Durkheim gave to society that are also included in "The Lottery"....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]

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Conformity and Tradition as Related to Davy in The Lottery

- Conformity and Tradition as Related to Davy in The Lottery Since the beginning of time, man has conformed to society’s rules and regulations to keep from having the label of “rebel” tattooed to his forehead and sometimes for stability, order, and safety. Although man can think for himself, his actions usually reflect what society has deemed acceptable. Tradition and conformity are essential parts of “fitting in” with a society when a person has different beliefs or opinions. As we see in “The Lottery,” children, like Davy, are taught what they are supposed to do, rather than why they are doing it, and what the consequences are....   [tags: The 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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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

- 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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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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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: Cruelty and Human Nature

- "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson: Cruelty or Human Nature. Shirley Jackson, the author of the short story, "The Lottery", is the daughter of Beatrice and George Jackson. Jackson was born on August 5th, in 1946. Some background on Jackson is that she graduated college with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. ("Shirley Ann Jackson") Jackson had many accomplishments in her lifetime. She received many awards, metals, and honors. Jackson was appointed to chair the U.S....   [tags: The 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 Lottery

- The Lottery All people are unique in their own ways, however have contradictory characteristics such as good and evil. Some people have a soul in which the good side is more dominant, and others have a more dominant bad side. The lottery is a way for the characters in the story to reveal the hidden evil of their souls. One example of this is portrayed through the eagerness and the willingness to participate in the lottery. One of the characters says that they feel like its only been a few weeks since the last lottery, which gives the impression that the lottery is something to look forward to....   [tags: ]

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The Lottery

- 'The Lottery,'; written by Shirley Jackson is a story that takes place in a small town of approximately three hundred residents. Every year on June 27th the townspeople congregate in a giant mass in the middle of town, where the 'lottery'; takes place. This lottery is a ceremony in which each family throughout the town is represented by a tiny white piece of paper. The family representatives, who are the heads of the household, take turns drawing from a box that contains these three hundred pieces of papers....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Lottery

- In the days of Jesus through the mid 1900’s, people had many different superstitions, or beliefs, about life. People believed if they were to do certain things, they would have good luck. Like Indians used to do a dance, called the “Indian rain dance”, when they wanted it to rain so it would help their crops or even their heritage. It was a dance people still believe in today, but those people don’t know that the reason they said it worked was because the Indians didn’t quit dancing until it rained....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Lottery

- 'Controversy and Conflict Hits the Lottery'; The short story 'The Lottery'; by Shirley Jackson is very well known because of the tradition of the village. Tradition is a big point issued to the people throughout their lives. The title 'The Lottery'; sounds as if something good is being given away. As you know after reading the story, that isn't the case at all. The tradition the village faces is very controversial. The tradition of the lottery is taken in many different ways, because it is unexamined....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Lottery

- “The Lottery” Shirley Jackson wrote “The Lottery” in 1948, not long after the second World War. The horror of the Holocaust was still fresh in everyone’s mind’s. Jackson wrote this story to remind everyone that we are not so far from this world of sadistic human sacrifice. She created a town, very much like any American town, with the gathering of the towns people to celebrate some annual event. She wanted to shine a mirror on contemporary society, a reflection of humanity, or rather, inhumanity....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Lottery

- "Mood Shifts" Many authors use mood shifts in their stories to leave a greater impact on the reader and make it easier to understand. The particular state of mind or feelings of a person is one’s mood. Various aspects of one’s surroundings can alter a mood. A story often creates a specific mood or even causes a number of different moods to arise in a short period of time. Shirley Jackson’s short story, "The Lottery" does just that, by forcing different moods to surface in various sections of the story....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Characters of Jackson’s The Lottery and Frost's Once By The Pacific

- The Characters of Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery and Robert Frost's Once By The Pacific There are many devices within the craft of writing that writers use to help them convey their messages. Among these include what characters they use and how they act, what setting they put their characters in, what types of symbols are use, and many others. They can go even farther into each section with how much information they give us, or how much they make us fill in with our own interpretation or imagination....   [tags: Shirley Jackson Lottery Essays]

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Tradition in Shirley Jackson's The Lottery and Mending Wall by Robert Frost

- Our traditions act as a compass for our human relationships and personal interactions, the qualitative experiences of our family life, and ultimately, the development of societies. As we honor traditions, so we learn to honor ourselves and each other. The poem “Mending Wall” by Robert Frost and the story “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson both contain examples of seemingly senseless traditions. The thought of people doing something senselessly, just to appease the continuance of something that was done by their forefathers seems foolish unless there is some sort of positive result from their actions....   [tags: Shirley Jackson Lottery Essays]

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The Lottery Winner

- The Lottery Winner SETTING: The book starts out in Manhattan, New York in modern times. The book mostly takes place in New York city but throughout the book they also travel to London, England, cypress point spa, and several other places. The book ends back in Manhattan, New York. CHARACTERS: 1. Alvirah Meehan is a former maid that is near her sixties and has quit her job after her and her husband struck it rich in the winning of the lottery. Alvirah started taking interest in helping people with murders and other problems that she ran across while traveling across the world....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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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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Tradition is the Guide of the Ignorant in The Lottery

- Tradition is the Guide of the Ignorant in The Lottery In "The Lottery" author Shirley Jackson takes us to a place in which a tradition is passed down generation after generation. However, over the years, the "lottery" has lost any significant meaning and the villagers follow tradition without even knowing why the tradition exists. In this short story, a lottery is held every June 26th of each year. The lottery consists of every man of each household to pick a piece of paper out of a box. One family will be the "chosen" family, which means that each member of the family will then choose another piece of paper from the box....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]

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The Lottery and Durkheims Ideoloies

- The Lottery and Durkheims Ideoloies In this essay we will take a look at and analyze The Lottery by Shirley Jackson in stipulations related to Durkheim's ideologies. I will try to make various links from the story to Durkheim's functionalism. A few of the points where I will try to make connections are on mechanical society and what kind of suicide is more prevalent with in it, social facts, solidarity, and religion. Social facts are external, and that means that social facts are customs and laws that surround us were already here when we were born and they will be here when we die....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]

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The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

- The Lottery by Shirley Jackson I was watching an episode of “The Simpsons” on TV the other day, and there was a craze around town because the Springfield Lottery was up to 130 million dollars. Bookstores were selling out of Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”. Homer quickly threw the book into the fireplace when he realized that the book could not tell him how to win the lottery, that it was a book about time old traditions, barbaric, but still practiced nonetheless. If Homer had read the book, he would have discovered that Jackson was projecting a subtle message through the minor character of Old Man Warner that the human race can be quite feeble-minded when it comes to following others and...   [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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Religion in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

- Religion in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson The Lottery, and Christianity Shirley Jackson’s short story “The Lottery”, if left at face value, is a perverse tale of a small village sacrificial ceremony, which leaves a lasting impression upon the reader. However to take the story at face value would nearly be an exercise in futility, for then the reader would be missing the deeper meanings found in the delicate symbolism that Jackson places throughout the tale. Indeed, the symbolic meanings of many of the people and things placed throughout the narrative depict certain attitudes and beliefs about Christianity and its religious system....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]

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Symbolism in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

- Symbolism in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson Thesis: The short story "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson found in Perrine's Literature written by Thomas R. Arp is a story full of symbolism. I. Names are used to represent different aspects of the story. a. Mr. Summers is a bright and cheerful man. His attitude, demeanor, and name represent the summer. Mr.Graves' name represents what is about to happen. They are sending someone to their grave. These names are obvious as to what they mean. b. Mrs. Delacroix's name comes from the Latin word for crucifix....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]

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The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson

- The Lottery Although the writer gives ample clues throughout the story, the reader finds itself so shocked at the end of the story, he feels the impact of the stone thrown right along with Tessie. To end with such a climactic feeling, the author uses several forms of literary devices; however, the two that I will explore are setting and irony. The day itself is a day beautiful enough for a picnic. It was "clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a full-summer day; the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green." (272) The descriptions here make you think of people getting together for a celebration....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]

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Traditions in The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson

- Thesis: After a long period of time passes people forget the true meaning of their traditions by slowly disregarding as the years pass. I. The first part of the traditional ritual that is changed is the chips of wood. A. "Chips of wood, Mr. Summer's had argued, had been all very well when the village was tiny..." B. It's perceived as though there is no regard to how the ancestors of this village put on the lottery. II. The second part of the traditional ritual that is changed is the recital. A. It is said that it was ."..performed by the official of the lottery, a perfunctory, tuneless chant that had been rattled off duly each year..." B. ....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]

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The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

- The Lottery by Shirley Jackson Analyzation encompasses the application of given criteria to a literary work to determine how efficiently that work employs the given criteria. In the analyzation of short stories, the reader uses a brief imaginative narrative unfolding a single incident and a chief character by means of a plot, the details so compresses and the whole treatment so organized, a single impression results. To expose that impression, the reader explores the workings of seven basic criteria....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]

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The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

- The Lottery by Shirley Jackson Shirley Jackson takes great care in creating a setting for the story, The Lottery. She gives the reader a sense of comfort and stability from the very beginning. It begins, "clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a full-summer day; the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green." The setting throughout The Lottery creates a sense of peacefulness and tranquility, while portraying a typical town on a normal summer day. With the very first words, Jackson begins to establish the environment for her plot....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]

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Traditions in The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson

- Shirley Jackson's story, The Lottery is about a group of towns people who meet every year on the 27th of June. On this day a stoning takes place, as it washes away the sins of everyone that lived in the village. However, should the tradition of the stoning be changed when it becomes your time. On this day every year "the people of the village began to gather in the square, around ten o'clock" (Jackson) to prepare for the stoning. This event would take about "two hours as there were only about three hundred people" (Jackson)....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]

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The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson

- Analyzing history and the current state of society and its members has always been a popular topic for authors and artists. Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" is a comparison that can be applied to various phases of our current culture's development. Jackson uses her characters to compare old traditions and the new ideas. She accomplishes this with the development of characters such as Old Man Warner, Tessie Hutchinson, and the town children. Jackson uses these characters to reflect ideas that are often conflicted over the past, present and future....   [tags: The 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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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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Human Nature in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

- The Lottery by Shirley Jackson The idea of winning a lottery is associated with luck, happiness and anticipation of good things. In Shirley Jackson's story, " The Lottery", this is not the case. The irony of the story is that the winner of the lottery gets stoned to death by everyone else in the town. The story is very effective because it examines certain aspects of human nature. One aspect of human nature that is examined, and that adds to the effectiveness of the story, is man's tendency to resist change....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]

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Tradition in Everyday Use and The Lottery

- Tradition is an important part of everyone's life. Some people follow traditions so deeply rooted in their everyday life that they don't even recognize them as such. Why do you cook rice a certain way. Well, that's the way Grandma always did it. Others hold tradition above anything else. They feel that it is very important to follow these established customs and cannot even imagine rebelling against them although they may be hurtful in some ways. They may not even remember the reason for these customs in the first place....   [tags: Everyday Use The Lottery]

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Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery"

- Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery"      Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" is an excellent example of an allegorical short story. In this story, the reader learns of a town's "lottery" that takes place once a year, every year. It has been a tradition in this small rural town for many years and the villagers never question these activities, they just blindly go along with it. But what the reader doesn't know is just what kind of prize the winner is going to obtain. Jackson's use of symbolism is shown through the description of the characters, significant objects, and the actions in the story....   [tags: Allegory Jackson Lottery Shirley Essays]

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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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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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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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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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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 Lottery

- Over the years many critics have wrote articles on Shirley Jackson's numerous works. Many critics had much to say about Jackson's most famous short story, "The Lottery". Her insights and observations about man and society are disturbing; and in the case of "The Lottery," they are shocking. "The themes themselves are not new, evil cloaked in seeming good, prejudice and hypocrisy, loneliness and frustration, psychological studies of minds that have slipped the bonds of reality" (Friedman)....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Similarities and Differences in Shirley Johnson's The Lottery and Hernando Tellez' "Just Lather, That's All"

- The short stories “The Lottery” by Shirley Johnson and “Just lather, that’s all” by Hernando Tellez both portray similar situations even though they are two entirely different stories. The two stories both illustrate human feelings and behaviors mostly in reference to fear, violence, unfairness and pride. These two stories, even though they have some things in common, still have some differences and represent some ideas in different fashions. The similarities and differences between these stories have been critically reviewed and will be discussed in the essay. The two stories are both centered on a particular person in the story....   [tags: the lottery, just lather that's all]

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Lottery Is Good

- State lotteries have been around for awhile to help build up state revenue. In such things as scratch off instant tickets or daily number drawings. To some these things are evil, but to some others who’s lives aren’t the greatest, it’s a shimmer of hope that most people don’t have. Now the thing about the lottery is a lot of people don’t win, but those few that do could be put into a nice situation that they’ve never been in before. This is the land of freedom and opportunity, isn’t that we are giving the commonwealth....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Lottery Of Irony

- Have you ever read the story of a princess kissing a frog, having it turn into a prince. Well, what if it didn’t become a prince, but she turned into a frog herself. This is called irony, something we would not expect to happen. In the story of the princess we would not expect that to happen. In the story “The Lottery,” written by Shirley Jackson, we see this situation in another form. She uses irony to bring out the point in her story. “The Lottery,” offers an “ironic twist of fate” that causes wonder and makes one sympathize with the characters....   [tags: essays research papers]

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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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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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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

- 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 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

- "The Lottery" In "The Lottery" Shirley Jackson presents us with a shocking story guaranteed to outrage the reader. The author brings together the residents of a small village as they are gathered for an annual event referred to as the lottery. The families of the village are represented by their names on small pieces of paper, which are placed in a black box. The appointed townsperson oversees the drawing to determine who pulls the slip of paper that "wins" the drawing. The characters seem ordinary enough, and they appear to be pleasant mild people participating in an innocuous activity....   [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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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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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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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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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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Book Review of The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson

- Shirley Jackson, the author, begins with a public gathering on a fine day. All the villagers gather in the square, waiting to draw their annual lots. I have been puzzled since the very beginning. Why do the boys fill their pockets with stones. Why are there piles of stones in the corner. What are they used for. As I went on, I kept wondering: why do people appear so serious and nervous. The lottery seems so unusual that it has a special impact on all the people presented. Having finished the story, I suddenly came to realize that the lottery is indeed unusual....   [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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Essay on The Lottery and What A Thought

- Comparing The Lottery and What A Thought   The short stories I have chosen were "The Lottery" and "What A Thought" by Shirley Jackson. Shirley Jackson is considered a morbid writer due to the fact that she writes her stories with the intent to shock her readers into seeing the truth behind human nature. Her work deals with an evil presence in everyday life. "The Lottery" is a chilling tale of an everyday town and their annual lottery. It shows how cruel a town can be in protecting their tradition and rituals and how not even friendship matters....   [tags: Shirley Jackson Lottery 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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A Feminist Perspective of The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson

- Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" is an allegorical depiction of society's flaws and cruel principles and the effects they have on its citizens and more specifically, its women. The literal level of "The Lottery" illustrates a town's chilling tradition of a random selection of death by stoning of a certain person. Figuratively, however, one aspect of Jackson's short story bravely reveals the reality of society's control over women by placing on them expectations and limitations. "The Lottery" begins with a description of a bright and serene setting....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]

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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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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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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 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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