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Analysis Of Shirley Jackson 's The Lottery

- ... Throughout the short story, The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson, the author’s depiction of the black box, Davy Hutchinson, the main character’s son, and the lottery itself help to convey the idea that fear of change can impede evolution in a society. Throughout the short story, the author describes the black box which symbolizes the risk embedded in the society, behind the idea of the lottery. The lottery is revolves around the use of the black box. Every year the each family picks a slip of paper from the black box....   [tags: The Lottery, Short story, Culture, Shirley Jackson]

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Human Sacrifice vs. Ritual Murder in The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson

- Imagine this; it is 9am, the sun is out and even though the children are playing , but before the day is done, someone will find themselves the winner of the lottery. However, it is not the lottery that most are familiar with. In 1988 author Judy Oppenheimer conducted an interview with author Shirley Jackson, the author of ' The Lottery' . In this interview Shirley explained why she wrote the short story in the following excerpt ; " I hoped, by setting a particularly brutal ancient rite in the present and in my own village to shock the story's readers with a graphic dramatization of the pointless violence and general inhumanity in their own lives " (Oppenheimer 1988...   [tags: The Lottery Essays]

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The Lottery: A Sinister Yet Surreal Representation of Human Weakness and Hypocrisy

- Shirley Jackson, an American author and novelist, was popular in her time for her peculiar sense of mystery and horror. Her fictitious short story “The Lottery” is nothing short of sinister, yet surreal representation of human weakness and hypocrisy. Her clever use of consistently humorous and friendly language to narrate an act of evil does ‘pack a punch’ for the readers; especially, the final revelation of the fate of the apparent winner can make one feel ‘sick to the stomach’. Jackson has applied carefully toned language, vivid imagery for graphic dramatization and carefully crafted characters, to attain the complete effect of a mysterious horror story with an underlying message that peop...   [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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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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Desensitization of Murder in The Lottery

- On the Desensitization of Murder in The Lottery When someone is a part of or witnesses any one thing enough times, that person will become desensitized to it, whether it is gradually accepting abortion, homosexuality or anything else for that matter. People can even become accustomed to violent murder if it is ingrained into their lives enough. Take the Einsatzgruppen (Nazi Officers that were partly responsible for the death of millions) The Lithuanians showed them how to murder women and children, and they became accustomed to it (Cesarani 165)....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]

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Theme of the Unexpected in The Lottery

- Expect the Unexpected What thoughts come to mind when you think of "The Lottery?" Positive thoughts including money, a new home, excitement, and happiness are all associated with the lottery in most cases. However, this is not the case in Shirley Jackson’s short story, "The Lottery." Here, the characters in the story are not gambling for money, instead they are gambling for their life. A shock that surprises the reader as she unveils this horrifying tradition in the village on this beautiful summer day....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]

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Analysis Of Shirley Jackson 's ' The Lottery '

- ... The conflict begins when the Hutchinson family becomes the center of attention of the village when Bill draws the black dot. Mrs. Hutchinson argues, “It wasn’t fair” to Mr. Summers who is in charge of the lottery and she continues to argue, “I tell you it wasn’t fair. You didn’t give him time enough to choose. Everybody saw that” (143). Unfortunately, Mrs. Hutchinson was not successful in convincing Mr. Summers or anybody else in the town about the injustice that was about to occur. The whole Hutchinson family had to draw now from the black box again, yet this time it wasn’t Bill who got the black dot, but Tessie....   [tags: The Lottery, Short story, Shirley Jackson, Stoning]

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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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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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Personal Interpretation Of The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

- Personal Interpretation of “The Lottery” When people first read Shirley Jackson’s short story “The Lottery” they are often shocked. Of course, people today are perhaps not nearly as shocked as those readers in Jackson’s time who essentially were angered and confused by her story from a social perspective: While the letters were almost wholly, negative, none suggested that the story should not be available to the public. Up until 1982 it was only a character in fiction who suggested “the Lottery” be removed from a school’s curriculum, a candidate for school board in Elizabeth Peter’s 1977 novel, Devil May care, who says people do not “want their children to read a book that shows kids stoning...   [tags: Short story, The Lottery, Shirley Jackson, Ritual]

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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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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 Jackson's The Lottery

- Lottery: A Terrifying Trip Symbols can be used to convey a special meaning to the reader by association, especially when a material object is used to represent something abstract. Throughout the years, American writers have been using their works as a way to describe society to their broad audiences. As time periods change, writers as well as readers change their view about society. Several factors affect how readers view society in a piece of literature. To get a better understanding of the society expressed in a piece of literature, one must consider not only the time period in which the work was written, but also the life of the author, the style in which the work was written, and...   [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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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 And Summer Rituals

- ... The story symbolizes what role men and women played in society. Both of the the stories take place in the summer.The characters in “Summer Rituals” fan themselves with bamboo whisks, folded newspapers, or perfumed kerchiefs. In “The Lottery”. the day is June 27th and is a very beautiful day in the village. The settings are in the summer because the gatherings are positive in their own way. It gives a sense of beauty to the reader. “Summer Rituals” gives off a warm, positive feeling with the family enjoying time with each other....   [tags: Short story, Stoning, Village People, The Lottery]

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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 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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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

- 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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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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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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The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

- Shirley Jackson, born on December 14, 1916, devotes much of her life to the writing of short stories and novels. Some of these include The Sundial, The Haunting of Hill House, and We Have Always Lived in the Castle. Jackson's stories, inspiring and influential to most, are also controversial to some. Her most controversial story, published in 1948 in The New Yorker, is "The Lottery." The purpose for the writing of the story varies depending upon the reader, but some might say that it "expresses Shirley Jackson's abysmal opinion of her fellow creatures" (Coulthard 228)....   [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

- 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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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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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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Betting Apps May Make Playing The Greyhound Lottery

- ... The national lottery has odds of around 14 million to one, whereas a sevenfold greyhound bet has odds of between 50,000 to 300,000 to one. There are many times when the odds are even higher than that. The chances of you winning are small, but you are only spending a tiny amount of money, and the chances of you winning far better than if you play the national lottery or a state lottery. Run Ten Sevenfold Bets If you are only betting ten Euro pence at a time, then why not place ten sevenfold bets....   [tags: Gambling, Lottery, Greyhound racing, Randomness]

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The Lottery By Shirley And The Road Not Taken By Robert Frost

- ... Summers. Who had time and energy to devote to civic activities. He was a round-faced, jovial man and he ran the coal business, and people were sorry for him. because he had no children and his wife was a scold. When he arrived in the square, carrying the black wooden box, there was a murmur of conversation among the villagers, and he waved and called. They all engage in putting their names in the box, and carry on with small talk while anxiously awaiting the moment of truth. Once Tessie’s family is narrowed down, the reader can sense that something is off....   [tags: The Lottery, Short story, Literature, Fiction]

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Symbolism And Themes Of Shirley Jackson 's ' The Lottery '

- Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”: The use of Symbolism and Themes In Shirley Jackson’s short story “The Lottery”, she demonstrates how a small town uses religious traditions that are cruel and unusual but are part of their culture. Jackson lets us know the time of the lottery at the outset of the story. From the description of the men’s talk of “tractors and taxes” and the depiction of Mr. Summers wearing a “clean white shirt and blue jeans”, we may assume that we are in the twentieth century, making the story’s impact more immediate....   [tags: The Lottery, Short story, The New Yorker]

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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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Preventing Mistakes in The Lottery and Hills like White Elephants

- Humans will always make mistakes. It is important that we learn from them and avoid making more in the future. In The Lottery, an old town tradition forces the town residents to sacrifice the person whose name is chosen from the black box. In Hills like White Elephants, a man and his wife discuss whether or not the woman should get an abortion. Both of these short stories lead to the idea that old traditions aren’t always right. Was bringing Africans to America to be slaves a just policy. Was kicking Indians off of their homeland to walk the Trail of Tears right....   [tags: The Lottery, Hills like White Elephants]

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Theme of Tradition in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

- The Lottery by Shirley Jackson Americans day after day live much of their lives following time-honored traditions that are passed down from one generation to another. From simple everyday cooking and raising children, to holidays and other family rituals, tradition plays a significant role on how they go by there everyday lives. In Shirley Jackson's short story, "The Lottery," the citizens of a small farming town follow one such tradition. A point is made regarding human nature in relation to tradition....   [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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Symbolism and Setting in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

- Symbolism and Setting in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson ?The Lottery. by Shirley Jackson is a short story that without the symbolism of its characters, would amount to little more than an odd tale about a stoning. However, because of what each character represents and the way the setting helps to magnify those representations, it becomes a short story that is anything but short of meaning. The first character is probably the most obviously symbolic character of the story. Every word that leaves Old Man Warner?s Mouth reeks of tradition....   [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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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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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 and Ursula Le Guin’s The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas

- Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” and Ursula Le Guin’s “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas” have long been considered some of the greatest short stories of the twentieth century. They have been compared and contrasted for many years because of the presence of a common major theme: happiness in a community because of a single scapegoat, whether it is the same person or a different one from time to time. Although we can look at the main idea in the story and simply say that both Jackson and Le Guin are feeding us the same primary message, the authors’ approach to the scapegoat thought, the reactions of the fictional populations, and the conclusion that we should identify in each st...   [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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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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Critical Analysis of The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson

- In the short story "The Lottery," author Shirley Jackson creates a very shocking and horrifying situation through the use of characterization, setting, and the theme of the individual versus society, which is portrayed in the story as scapegoating. She writes as if the events taking place are common to any town (Mazzeno 2). The story was very unpopular when first published, mostly because of the fact that people did not understand it. The story of the all-to-familiar town, ordinary in every way except for the ritualistic murder taking place has since grown great popularity, even being adapted for television, ballet, and radio (Lethem 1-2)....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]

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Sacrifice in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson and Rocking Horse Winner by D.H. Lawrence

- The point of view of tradition in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson is the normal once of year gathering on the townspeople. This gathering is held in order to pick, via a lottery drawing, to decide who in the town is going to be stoned to death. “The people of the village began to gather in the square, between the post office and the bank, around ten o’clock; in some towns there were so many people the lottery took two days and had started on June 26th, but in this village, where there were only about three hundred people, and the whole lottery took less than two hours, so it could begin at ten o’clock in morning and still be through in time to allow the villagers to get home for noon dinner.”...   [tags: Rocking Horse Winner, The Lottery]

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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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Analysis of Shirley Jackson's The Lottery

- Shirley Jackson’s famous short story, “The Lottery,” was published in 1948 and remains to this day one of the most enduring and affecting American works in the literary canon. “The Lottery” tells the story of a farming community that holds a ritualistic lottery among its citizens each year. Although the text initially presents audiences with a close-knit community participating in a social event together on a special day, the shocking twist at the work’s end—with the death of the lottery’s “winner” by public stoning—has led to its widespread popularity, public outcry and discussion, and continued examination in modern times (Jackson)....   [tags: Shirley Jackson Lottery 2014]

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Foreshadowing in Shirley Jackson's The Lottery

- Foreshadowing in Shirley Jackson's The Lottery       "The Lottery," a short story written by Shirley Jackson, is a tale about a disturbing social practice.  The setting takes place in a small village consisting of about three hundred denizens.  On June twenty-seventh of every year, the members of this traditional community hold a village-wide lottery in which everyone is expected to participate.  Throughout the story, the reader gets an odd feeling regarding the residents and their annual practice.  Not until the end does he or she gets to know what the lottery is about.  Thus, from the beginning of the story until almost the end, there is an overwhelming sense that something terrible is...   [tags: Shirley Jackson Lottery Essays]

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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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Acts of Violence and Brutality Illustrated in Jackson's The Lottery and Hurston's Sweat

- From the beginning of time, human nature has lent itself to violence and brutality. You see evidence of this as you read the news, or watch television. You might have been, or will be, the victim of this dark side of human nature. Looking back to the children of Adam and Eve, Cain killed his brother, Abel, marking, as I heard in a theology class, what many theologies claim as “the paradigm for conflict and violence.” Throughout our readings in The Story and It’s Writer: An Introduction to Short Fiction, we have seen many episodes of violence and brutality, ranging from torment to ritualistic murder....   [tags: The Lottery, Analytical Essay]

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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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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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A Rose For Emily By William Faulkner And The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

- ... Her refusal to enter the outside world reflects Emily forcing the past upon her and shutting the present out of her life. When the next generation of aldermen sent Emily her tax notice, she returned a “note on paper of an archaic shape, in a thin, flowing calligraphy in faded ink, to the effect that she no longer went out at all” (Faukner 1). Her handwriting and her stationery exhibit how Miss Emily is living in the past. After her father’s death, Emily insisted that her father was not dead for three days before a threat from law enforcement forced her to surrender her father’s corpse....   [tags: Short story, The Lottery, Death, William Faulkner]

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Issues with Government Depicted in Golding's Lord of the Flies and Jackson's The Lottery

- Although humans beings are flawed and make mistakes, in order for a government to ever be civilized, just, and effective, there needs to be a structured system of democracy that maintains a system of checks and balances. Also within the society there needs to be people, whether they are leaders or not, that have moral stability, and the knowledge and understanding to play the role they play in a government. In the Lord of the Flies by William Golding, and “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, it is clear that both Golding and Jackson do not agree with their stories’ government; rather Golding and Jackson express, through the failure of their stories’ government, that in order for a government to...   [tags: lord of the flies, the lottery]

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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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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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Analysis of The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

- Analysis of The Lottery by Shirley Jackson “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson was written in 1948. The story takes place in a village square of a town on June 27th. The author does not use much emotion in the writing to show how the barbaric act that is going on is look at as normal. This story is about a town that has a lottery once a year to choose who should be sacrificed, so that the town will have a plentiful year for growing crops. Jackson has many messages about human nature in this short story....   [tags: The Lottery Shirley Jackson Sacrifices Essays]

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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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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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The Contrast of Two Great Short Stories: The Rocking Horse Winner and The Lottery

- I. Introduction The setting in the stories The Lottery and The Rocking-Horse Winner create an atmosphere where the readers can be easily drawn in by the contrasting features of each short story. This short essay will tell of very important contrasting aspects of settings in that while both stories are different, both hold the same aspects. a. “The Lottery” is a short story about an event that takes place every year in a small village of New England. When the author speaks of “the lottery” he is referencing the lottery of death; this is when the stoning of a village member must give up his or her life....   [tags: the lottery, shirley jackson, d.h. lawrence]

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Tradition or Cruelty in Shirley Jackson's The Lottery

- In our society we have many traditions. These traditions all have certain meanings behind them; however, many of those meanings tend to be lost or forgotten. The holiday of Thanksgiving was originally a celebration to commemorate the arrival of the pilgrims in the new world and their first interactions with the Native Americans. So then why is it still celebrated today. There is no actual purpose in today’s society to observe this custom.  It has just continued to be observed because of past traditions.  There is no logical reason to continue this fête, as it holds little or no value.  With the passage of time the actual reasons have been lost or distorted, such as in the case of Shirley Ja...   [tags: Essays on The Lottery 2014]

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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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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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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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The Use of Symbolism in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

- The Use of Symbolism in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson Within the first few lines of Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" we are faced with such adjectives as clear, sunny, fresh and warmth. She goes on to paint a picture of small children just out of school for the summer, as the townspeople gather for the annual Lottery. This leads us to believe that the rest of the story is as cheery as the summer day initially described. We as the readers are virtually unaware of the horrible senseless events that lie ahead....   [tags: Lottery Shirley Jackson]

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Tradition or Cruelty in Shirley Jackson's The Lottery

- Tradition or Cruelty in Shirley Jackson's The Lottery Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" satirizes barbaric traditions in a supposedly civilized village. As the story begins, the villagers appear to be fairly civilized and carry on fairly modern lifestyles. This is assumed by the men's discussion of planting, rain, tractors, and taxes. The lottery was outdated to such a degree that some may think that the tradition is primal competition of anthropoid beasts. On the other hand, some think that carrying on the tradition was necessary....   [tags: Shirley Jackson Lottery Essays]

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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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Blind Obedience in Shirley Jackson's The Lottery

- The author of “The Lottery” wrote this story “to shock the story’s readers with a graphic demonstration of the pointless violence and general inhumanity in their own lives” (Jackson 211). This story reflects human behavior in society to show how although rules, laws or traditions do not make sense, people follow them. Throughout the story the three main symbols of how people blindly follow senseless traditions were the lottery itself, the color black, and the hesitation that people had towards the prize....   [tags: Shirley Jackson Lottery 2014]

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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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Blind Obedience in Shirley Jackson's The Lottery

- When Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” was first published in The New Yorker in 1948, it struck a nerve with readers. “The story was incendiary; readers acted as if a bomb had blown up in their faces . . . Shirley struck a nerve in mid-twentieth-century America . . . She had told people a painful truth about themselves” (Oppenheimer 129). Interestingly, the story strikes that same nerve with readers today. When my English class recently viewed the video, those students who had not previously read the story reacted quite strongly to the ending....   [tags: Shirley Jackson Lottery 2014]

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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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Hidden Horrors in Shirley Jackson's The Lottery

- Hidden Horrors in Shirley Jackson's The Lottery Shirley Jackson's short story "The Lottery" presents conflict on more than one level. The most important conflict in the story is between the subject matter and the way the story is told. From the beginning Jackson takes great pains to present her short story as a folksy piece of Americana. Slowly it dawns on us, the terrible outcome of what she describes. From the first sentence of the story, The morning of June 27th was clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a full-summer day; the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green....   [tags: Shirley Jackson Lottery Essays]

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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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Irony in the Story The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

- Irony in the Story The Lottery by Shirley Jackson      In Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” irony is an underlying theme used throughout the story. The setting is introduced as a “clear and sunny” day, but ends with the brutal death of a housewife (715). The two people who essentially run the town, Mr. Graves and Mr. Summers, also have ironic names. In addition, the characters and the narrator make ironic statements throughout the story.      The plot as a whole in “The Lottery” is filled with ironic twists....   [tags: The Lottery Shirley Jackson Literature Essays]

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Religious Tradition in Shirley Jackson's The Lottery

- Religious Tradition in Shirley Jackson's The Lottery      While 'The Lottery' is a fictitious story it can be argued that it mirrors the attitude of American culture in how it addresses religious tradition in its major holidays and celebrations.      Two of the biggest holidays in the United States are Christmas and Easter. Both of which are derived from Christian beliefs. Even though 'The Lottery' is apparently a pagan ritual, violent and horrific, it is appropriate, only by the fact that the participants no longer remember, or seem to care, what the original intent of the ritual or the significance of its traditions....   [tags: jackson shirley Lottery Religion Essays]

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The Shock of the novel The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

- The Shock of the novel The Lottery by Shirley Jackson The first time I read “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, I thought it would be about someone in a desperate situation who wins a large amount of money. However, after reading the story I was shocked and disgusted like millions of other readers because of what the “lottery” was all about. After my shock wore off I thought about why the author had chosen to be so cynical. It occurred to me that she needed to shock people into changing for the better....   [tags: The Lottery Shirley Jackson Literature Essays]

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The Use of Symbolism in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

- The Use of Symbolism in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson In "The Lottery," Shirley Jackson uses symbolism to make us aware of the pointless nature of humanity regarding tradition and violence. The story starts off on a beautiful summer day in a small town. The author describes the day as very euphoric but strikes a contrast between the atmosphere of the town and the atmosphere of the people gathered in the square. The atmosphere is subdued, where the children are "gathered around quietly." The black box is the central theme or idea in the story....   [tags: Lottery Shirley Jackson Essays Papers]

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Essay on Shirley Jackson's The Lottery - Inhumanity Exposed

- Inhumanity Exposed in The Lottery The story entitled "The Lottery," written by Shirley Jackson is an intriguing and shocking parable. "The Lottery" is set in a small village on a clear summer day. Written in objective third person point of view, "The Lottery" keeps the reader in suspense as the story progresses. The story begins June 27th on a "clear and sunnyfull-summer day." From the very beginning, irony occurs in the story. The author describes the day as "clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a full-summer day; the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green." To describe such a beautiful day when the ending is so ill fated, is very ironic....   [tags: Shirley Jackson Lottery Essays]

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Essay on Shirley Jackson's The Lottery - Message of Social Responsibility

- The Message of Social Responsibility in The Lottery       Often, we paint a fairytale view of life for ourselves and our children. Sometimes, an author paints a frightfully realistic picture of life and forces us to reconsider the fairytale. In Shirley Jackson’s story, "The Lottery," a town each year conducts a lottery in which the winner or looser, in this case, is stoned to death by his or her own neighbors. The tradition is supposed to uphold social structure within the town, but in order to comprehend the true meaning of the story you must be able to read between the lines....   [tags: Shirley Jackson Lottery Essays]

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