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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Individuality vs Community in Shirley Jackson's The Lottery

- Individuality versus Community in The Lottery   The works of Shirley Jackson tend to the macabre because she typically unveils the hidden side of human nature in her short stories and novels.  She typically explores the darker side of human nature.  Her themes are wide-ranging and border on the surreal though they usually portray everyday, ordinary people.  Her endings are often not a resolution but rather a question pertaining to society and individuality that the reader must ask himself or herself.  Jackson's normal characters often are in possession of an abnormal psyche.  Children are portrayed as blank slates ready to learn the ways of the world from society.  However, adults have a...   [tags: Shirley Jackson Lottery Essays]

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Conformity in Society Exposed in Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery

- Conformity in Society Exposed in Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery      The Lottery, a short story by the nonconformist author Shirley Jackson, represents communities, America, the world, and conformist society as a whole by using setting and most importantly symbolism with her inventive, cryptic writing style. It was written in 1948, roughly three years after the liberation of a World War II concentration camp Auschwitz. Even today, some people deny that the Holocaust ever happened. Jackson shows through the setting of the story, a small, close knit town, that even though a population can ignore evil, it is still prevalent in society (for example: the Harlem Riots; the terrorist attacks on Sep...   [tags: Shirley Jackson The Lottery]

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Essay on Shirley Jackson's The Lottery - Blind Obedience Exposed

- Blind Obedience Exposed in The Lottery   The annual ritualistic stoning of a villager in Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" parallels tradition in American culture.  This paper will inform the reader of the effect tradition has on characters in the short story "The Lottery" and how traditions still strongly influence people's lives in america.               Christian weddings hold many traditions and superstitions that seemingly defy logic.  Although most couples no longer have arranged marriages or dowries, fathers still give their daughters away during the services.  The bride and groom do not see each other before the ceremony, fearing that bad luck might come their way.  A friend scolde...   [tags: Shirley Jackson Lottery Essays]

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Essay on Shirley Jackson's The Lottery - Evils of Society Exposed

- The Evils of Society Exposed in The Lottery   In Shirley Jackson’s "The Lottery," what appears to be an ordinary day in a small town takes an evil turn when a woman is stoned to death after "winning" the town lottery. The lottery in this story reflects an old tradition of sacrificing a scapegoat in order to encourage the growth of crops. But this story is not about the past, for through the actions of the town, Jackson shows us many of the social ills that exist in our own lives. In today’s society we often have an all too-casual attitude toward misfortune; Jackson shows us this aspect of human nature through the town’s casual attitude toward the lottery....   [tags: Shirley Jackson Lottery Essays]

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Religious and Traditional Symbols in the Lottery by Shirley Jackson

- Religious and Traditional Symbols in the Lottery Religious groups encourage and enforce conformity of their social norms and beliefs upon their members. Religious traditions are usually passed on from parent to child at an early age. In “The Lottery,” Shirley Jackson reveals the tradition of the lottery and how all of the villagers conform to the ritual of a human sacrifice. Growing up with an exceptionally religious father I can relate to way of thinking of the villagers that traditions are accepted without questioning....   [tags: The Lottery Religion Shirley Jackson]

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Power and the Group: Meaning and Contex t in The Lottery

- Power and the Group: Meaning and Context in The Lottery There is power in any group consensus. As long as the group thinks as a group they gain authority and power over single voice. The group deflects the problems of the individual by diffusing responsibility thoughout its members. Diffusion of responsibility allows the group to think as an entity. Over time, the entity develops a set of mores. Mores within the group are very strong. The group takes on characteristics and functions as if it were possessed of individuals, but because its responsibility is to remain all knowing, all-powerful and obs equious....   [tags: Lottery Shirley Jackson Essays]

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The Unalterable Human Condition Exposed in Shirley Jackson's The Lottery

- The Unalterable Human Condition Exposed in Shirley Jackson's The Lottery The short story, The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson, managed to capture various human tendencies stemming from the very heart of the unalterable human condition. The willingness to follow tradition blindly, the inherent cruelty of humans, and the unwillingness to change were the primary negative behaviors depicted in the story. The unalterable human condition is one of the truths of human existence. Throughout the course of history, humans tend to act in the same ways, repeat the same mistakes, and end up little better than they were a century before....   [tags: Shirley Jackson Lottery Essays]

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Essays on Jackson's Lottery: Dangers of Blind Obedience Exposed

- Dangers of Blind Obedience Exposed in The Lottery        Most of us obey every day without a thought. People follow company dress code, state and federal laws and the assumed rules of courtesy. Those who do disobey are usually frowned upon or possibly even reprimanded. But has it even occurred to you that in some cases, disobedience may be the better course to choose. In her speech "Group Minds," Doris Lessing discusses these dangers of obedience, which are demonstrated in Shirley Jackson's short story "The Lottery."   In "The Lottery," the villagers portray Lessing's observation that "it is the hardest thing in the world to maintain an individual dissident opinion, as a member of a...   [tags: Shirley Jackson Lottery Essays]

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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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Essay on Shirley Jackson's The Lottery - Effective Use of Character Names

- Effective Use of Character Names in The Lottery  “The common curse of mankind, --folly and ignorance” (Shakespeare).            Were he alive, William Shakespeare might fully endorse Shirley Jackson’s ideas as presented in The Lottery.  The author, Jackson, very distinctly uses symbolic names for her characters to show the ignorance of the sacrificial lottery, which the small village holds year after year.  These sacrifices, which used to be held to appease the god of harvest, have grown meaningless in their culture.  Jackson uses the characters not only to visualize the story for the reader, but also each one has a meaning, which adds to the ultimate theme....   [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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Tradition in William Faulkner's A Rose for Emily and Shirley Jackson's The Lottery

- Tradition in William Faulkner's A Rose for Emily and Shirley Jackson's The Lottery People throughout the world do things for many different reasons. Religion, peer pressure, or tradition are some of the reasons the people do things. In the U.S. we have many traditions such as Christmas. Some people have strange or out of the ordinary traditions. The two short stories ?The Lottery. and ?A Rose for Emily. both portray tradition.      In ?The Lottery?, tradition is showed in three main ways. First, Old Man Warner says, ?there has always been a lottery (Jackson 11).....   [tags: Rose Emily Faulkner Lottery Jackson Essays]

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The Truth in the Lottery

- There are some things we as society will do without ever questioning why, for instance wishing on a shooting star into to get some good luck. Why do we do it. No one really has an answer for it, we just do. Traditions are something that is passed from generation to generation, even if we have no backing for what we do, we just know its “good” and its “tradition” so its apart of us. Shirley Jackson mocks our way of blindly following certain traditions. Characteristics of Jackson’s story create a parallel with Catholicism, by harping on our fear of change but our ability to manipulate what we want from our traditions and the basis of Catholicism’s belief of the innocence in children....   [tags: Faith]

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Symbolism in "The Lottery"

- To a first time reader, Shirley Jackson's “The Lottery” seems simply as a curious tale with a shocking ending. After repetitive reading of Jackson's tale, it is clear that each sentence is written with a unique purpose often using symbolism. Her use of symbols not only foreshadow its surprise and disturbing ending but allows the reader to evaluate the community's pervert traditional rituals. She may be commenting on the season of the year and the grass being “richly green” or the toying with the meanings of the character's names but each statement applies to the meaning and lesson behind her story....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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Symbolism in "The Lottery"

- In the story, The Lottery by Shirley Jackson, we are introduced to a small New England Town, which is not named. In the opening of the story, we are given a picture of summer. The beginning of the summer for most is usually a time of great expectations, planting of gardens, school getting out and the smell of the sweet flowers, carried by the breeze. In the short story “ The Lottery” it welcomes the reader with that image, it paints a picture that we are all familiar with. Within in this small New England town, there exists a sense of tradition; rebelliousness and conformity are just a few central themes that carry this story....   [tags: Literary Review]

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Summary of The Lottery

- The short story that this paper will look at is The Lottery by Shirley Jackson. It was first published in The New Yorker on 26 June 1948. It is one of the most famous short stories in the history of United States literature history. This paper is a summary of the story from my point of view. The Lottery is a work of fiction that demonstrates rebellion and conformity while insinuating that a lottery is part of a ritualistic ceremony. The author was born in 1919. She struggled with depression throughout her life....   [tags: Shirley Jackson, short story, village]

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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

- The Message Sent in “The Lottery” The shock value of Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” is not only widely known, but also widely felt. Her writing style effectively allows the reader to pass a judgment on themselves and the society in which they live. In “The Lottery” Jackson is making a comparison to human nature. It is prominent in all human civilizations to take a chance as a source of entertainment and as this chance is taken, something is both won and lost. As long as human civilization has existed, so has the idea of death or suffering, or taking a chance of death or suffering, as a form of entertainment....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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The Lottery

- When “The Lottery” was first published in 1948, it created an enormous controversy and great interest in its author, Shirley Jackson. Shirley Jackson was born in San Francisco, California on December 14, 1919. When she was two years old, her family moved her to Burlingame, California, where Jackson attended high school. After high school Jackson moved away to attend college at Rochester University in upstate New York but after only a short time at Rochester and, after taking off a year from school, she moved on to Syracuse University....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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The Lottery

- When you hear the word lottery, you probably think of winning a large sum of money before being stoned to death. " The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson brings this horrible idea to life. While the overall mood of the story depicts a typical day in a small rural town, through great use of imagery and irony, one is set up for an unusual ending. Shirley Jackson uses the element of surprise. The way of the story ends is unlike anyone could predict. The main object of The Lottery is the action of the lottery itself and perhaps the slips of paper....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Lottery

- When one thinks of a lottery, they imagine winning a large sum of money. Shirley Jackson uses the setting in The Lottery to foreshadow an ironic ending. The peaceful and tranquil town described in this story has an annual lottery, and you can’t possibly guess what the “prize” is… The author foreshadows an ironic ending at the very beginning by establishing a cheerful setting. The story occurs “around ten o’clock” on June twenty-seventh, a time of day that is very bright and joyous and a time of year that is warm and makes people feel happy....   [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” “The Lottery” was quite disturbing to read. It is an very unusual story that has an ending that will have you baffled. You will want to reread certain parts to see if there is anything thing that you could have missed. The title of the short story is also misleading. In most cases the lottery is a good thing. People don’t win punishment and lotteries don’t hurt them. But in this story it does just that. The author did a great job of telling how anyone and everyone can follow tradition blindly....   [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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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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The Lottery Ticket

- I can still remember the day my life changed forever. I am a single mother of two children struggling with income. Life has been a constant struggle since my husband left me. I was not only in depression, but I was a gambling addict. I bought a lottery ticket every week in hopes of winning and not having to declare bankruptcy to pay off some loans. I never had any luck until the day I will always remember: December 11th. December 10th started out as any other day. Before, I went to work as a waitress; I went to the local supermarket to buy a Lotto 649 ticket....   [tags: Personal Experience Essay]

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Winning the Lottery Equals Death in Shirley Jackson, The Lottery

- ... “….the black box now resting on the stool had been put into use even before Old Man Warner, the oldest man in town, was born.” With his last name, “Warner,” having a literary meaning of warning which warns the villagers not to forget about the tradition because the belief of keeping it would help them on growing good crops and the consequences of “living in caves” living in the life of hunters if they stop carrying the tradition. A ritual murder of a person needs to be carried out by the villagers, taking a life makes them no different to a hunter, cruel and violent....   [tags: tradition, ritual, murder]

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The Benefits of America’s Lottery

- George Washington, America’s very first president, used to participate in the lottery. Moses used a lottery to determine which of his flock would win a plot of land (Ugel 25). The lottery has been around for an exceedingly long time. In fact, according to the National Gambling Impact Study Commission, “The first recorded lottery to distribute prize money was held in 1466 in Bruges, now Belgium, for the announced purpose of providing assistance to the poor” (Ugel 26). Even today, millions of people participate in the Mega Millions and the Power Ball lotteries....   [tags: gambling]

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Symbolism in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

- In literature, symbols are often used to deepen the meaning of a story or to convey an idea indirectly. In “The Lottery”, Shirley Jackson uses symbolism to reveal the annual ritual that happens to be called the lottery, and the consequences of unquestioned traditions. Most people when drawing the lottery were more concerned with stoning one to death and their beliefs rather than the value of the human life that they were about to destroy. From the title of the story, to the ambiance preceding this ritual, one could assume that this will result in someone winning something, but with the usage symbolism, Jackson is able to use names, objects, and the setting to conceal the true meaning and in...   [tags: sacrifice, ritual, religion]

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Analysis of The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

- According to Anais Nin, a prominent Spanish author, "When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons. We cease to grow. " Shirley Jackson was born in 1919 in San Francisco, California to Leslie and Geraldine Jackson. She is most well known for her short story titled “The Lottery” which was first published in The New Yorker to overwhelming and mixed reviews. The lottery, as portrayed in the short story, is a religious, annual ceremony in the afternoon of June 27....   [tags: Morality, Irony, Symbolism ]

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Tradition in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

- “The Lottery”, written by Shirley Jackson,was published in 1948. The story centers around a social gathering holding every resident in attendance. It is an annual tradition to have this gathering and all of the town’s people have to participate in a lottery in the belief that it will help bring a prosperous harvest. A slip of paper is made for everyone who lives in the town and one special slip is marked with a black spot. The one who draws the marked paper is proclaimed the winner of the lottery and receives the honor of getting stoned to death by the rest of the participants....   [tags: social gathering, the box]

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Pros and Cons of the Lottery

- Five, eighteen, twenty-two, thirty-three, thirty-nine and forty-four are six of the sixty numbers Americans choose from daily when playing the Powerball. “Lottery is defined as a gambling game or method of raising money, as for some public chartable purpose, in which a large number of tickets are sold and a drawing is held for certain prizes (dictionary.com).” The lottery takes money from thousands of American every year. Last year alone, more than 65 billion dollars was spent in lottery ticket sales....   [tags: gambling, economy, perks, funds, money]

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Symbolic Advertences in The Lottery

- In everyday life, an object can be clearly explained to the audience if the author writes a symbol to represent it. Some pictures, colors, banners, and shapes can be used as a symbol. For instance, in some parts of the world the color white can represent purity in marriage while the color black represents death or evil. Colors can also represent the mood or tone of something in stories or articles. Shapes or signs may also be used as symbols. The infinity sign can be represent as a symbol in mathematics, the infinity sign explains that the number can go on forever....   [tags: Symbolism, Symbols]

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The Lottery and Human Behavior

- “The Lottery” is a story which shows the complexity and capability of human behavior. Something immoral, like stoning a person to death once a year, is a normal occurrence. The main character, Tessie Hutchinson, is the victim of the lottery. Tessie is a character with a number of seemingly good characteristics, yet her surrounding culture rejects these characteristics. The majority of the people in the village has opposite attitudes and beliefs in comparison to Tessie’s. These attitudes and beliefs reflect her personal desires which quickly struggle against the culture’s expectations....   [tags: Story Analysis, Character Development]

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Symbolizing the Ideas and Beliefs in The Lottery

- Throughout time people have adopted different types of customs and ideas. In “The Lottery” the people from the community are sacrificing in order for their crops to grow. Many lives are at risk and in fear despite the acceptance of their actions.Symbolism is something that represents ideas or qualities of an object. An example of this can be a dove which represents peace. In the short story The Lottery, it takes place in the late 40s early 50s. The whole story is a contradiction because you would think that having a lottery would be a good thing, but in this story it isn’t....   [tags: Symbolism, Symbols, literary analysis]

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The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

- Individual in Society Can one individual change a large group of people. Can the effort of one person be enough to break up a faulty tradition practicing by a society. In most cases the answer would be ‘yes’ and in some ‘no’. Many individuals try and succeed but many fail just like the main character Tessie Hutchinson in Shirley Jackson’s short story “The Lottery”. When someone hears the word “lottery”, he or she may think that someone will be rewarded with prize. But “The Lottery” By Shirley Jackson is different than what one thinks....   [tags: tradition, society]

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Tradition in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

- Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery is a story about a small town’s tradition. Every summer the town’s people gather in the square for a ritualistic drawing of names, however, the winner of the drawing will lose their life. No one in the village questions the sadistic ceremony, everyone simply complies. Jackson suggest that the tradition is as old as the town and thus many portions of the ceremony have long been forgotten yet the villagers are faithful to the portions that have been remembered without question....   [tags: sadistic ceremony, drawing names]

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The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

- Since the beginning of mankind, the cultures of the world have been divided by differences in race, gender, religion, personality, and preference. In Biblical times, the Jews and Gentiles were separated and interaction between the two people groups was widely frowned upon. Moving to the current generation, stereotypes have been created by our culture and people seem to easily fall into a “clique.” Cultural division can occur on many different levels and cause an issue, spark an argument or cause violence to erupt....   [tags: cultures, jews, gentiles]

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The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson

- The 1940’s in America sparked a new era in history concerning violence and warfare. With the end of World War II, the world had just witnessed the most horrific event in all of modern history; the dropping of the Atomic Bomb, and further, the Holocaust. Born at the end of the Great War and living through this second World War, Shirley Jackson’s life was filled with graphic imagery of the violence existing throughout her world. Jackson’s husband Stanley Edgar Hyman wrote, “[Shirley’s] fierce visions of dissociations and madness, of alienation and withdrawal, of cruelty and terror, have been taken to be personal, even neurotic fantasies....   [tags: Analysis, Shirley Jackson]

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