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Hunger Games versus The Lottery - "The Lottery" (Jackson, pg 163-170) and "The Hunger Games" (Collins, 2008) are both popular pieces of seemingly like, popular literature. Rituals and rules come into play strongly in both stories. In comparing "The Lottery" (Jackson, pg 163-170) and "The Hunger Games" (Collins, 2008) I find that both stories focus strongly on their annual rituals of sacrifice with a scapegoat. "The Lottery" (Jackson, pg 163-170) and "The Hunger Games" (Collins, 2008) have a ceremony, a formal event that brings the town or district together while having no real significance....   [tags: Compare Contrast, Rituals]
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The Lottery: An Honorable Sacrifice? - In 1948 the New Yorker Magazine published a short story written by Shirley Jackson entitled “The Lottery.” This story begins June 27th, a clear and sunny day at ten o’clock in the morning. Clear and sunny could be indicative of a happy cheerful story; however, as this story progresses there are no discoveries of a happy ending at all. “The Lottery” is a tale of a horrible death, in which a small farming society considered to be a necessary sacrifice for the good of their crops. Tessie Hutchinson was stoned to death without remorse, because she was the “winner” of the town’s lottery....   [tags: Shirley Jackson, Symbolism, Religion] 1183 words
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The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson - The 1940s in America sparked a new era in history concerning violence and warfare. The end of World War II brought the most horrific event in all of modern history to be witnessed by the world; the dropping of the Atomic Bomb, and further, the Holocaust. Born at the end of the Great War and living through this second World War, graphic imagery of the violence existing throughout her world filled the life of Shirley Jackson. Jackson’s husband Stanley Edgar Hyman wrote, “[Shirley’s] fierce visions of dissociations and madness, of alienation and withdrawal, of cruelty and terror, have been taken to be personal, even neurotic fantasies....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Shirley Jackson] 2079 words
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The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson - Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” is a story littered with warnings and subtext about the dangers a submissive society can pose. While the opening is deceptively cheery and light Jackson uses an array of symbols and ominous syntax to help create the apprehensive and grim tone the story ends with. Her portrayal of the town folk as blindly following tradition represents the world during World War II when people’s failure to not mindlessly accept and heed authority lead to disastrous consequences. . Shirley Jackson uses a large array of techniques to help convey the idea that recklessly following and accepting traditions and orders can lead to disastrous consequences....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Shirley Jackson] 1487 words
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The Rocking Horse Winner and The Lottery - In both “The Rocking Horse Winner” by D.H. Lawrence and “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, the authors take critical aim at two staples of mainstream values, materialism and tradition respectively. Both authors approach these themes through several different literary devices such as personification and symbolism; however, it is the authors' use of characterization that most develop their themes. We'll be taking a look at the parallel passages in the stories that advance their themes particularly when those passages involve both of the authors' subtle character descriptions, and why this method of character development is so powerful in conveying the authors' messages....   [tags: Literary Analysis] 825 words
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The Lottery by Shirley Jackson - In “The Lottery”, Jackson wrote about a special tradition of a small village. June 27th was warm and sunny, and it gave the impression like nothing could possibly go wrong. Everyone knows the lottery as an exciting thing, and everybody wants to win, but this lottery is unlike any other. This lottery was actually the tradition of stoning of an innocent villager; that year it was Tessie Hutchinson. Though the horrific ending was not expected, throughout the story Jackson gave subtle hints that this was not an average lottery....   [tags: Foreshadowing, Symbolism, Literary Analysis]
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Evil in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson - The word evil can have several different meanings, such as morally bad or wrong, the act of causing others to reevaluate their beliefs and assuming a completely new persona, or abusing an immense amount of power. One can only vaguely grasp the term evil given the definition of it. It takes one’s own experiences to thoroughly understand evil. Evil is when one purposefully outcasts a mass of people as a result of a common attribute. It is proceeding to do something immoral while recognizing its potential risks....   [tags: power, mcCarthyism, the crucible] 856 words
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Shirley Jackson's The Lottery - Shirley Jackson is said to be one of the most “brilliant and influential authors of the twentieth century.” “Her fiction writing is some of the most important to come out of the American literary canon.” (http://shirleyjackson.org/Reviews.html) Jackson wrote many short stories and even some books. They are more on the dark, witchlike side, however. Kelleher explains that Jackson stated in some interviews that she practiced magic. No one really knows if she was serious while practicing witchcraft or not, but it ended up helping her write her stories http://www.literarytraveler.com/literary_articles/shirley_jackson_bennington.aspx)....   [tags: American Literature, Biography]
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Symbolic Implications in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson - In most parts, characters and objects are symbols to a story that sends out Messages to the reader to better understand what the story is about. Symbolism gives hints that explain why that character or object is being used, for example stop signs and other on road driving signs all have different shapes, sizes, and colors to represent and explain what that sign means. In most cases, many businesses or restaurant use symbols and signs to let their peers know what they may be trying to sale or do....   [tags: Symbolism, Symbols, literary analysis]
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Use of Symbolism in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson - On a summer day in June, villagers gathered to participate in the yearly lottery which was run by Mr. Summers because “lottery in June, corn be heavy soon.”(Jackson 1868). The children came in first picking some stones fallowed by their parents. Mrs. Hutchinson arrives late and begins to chat with Mrs. Delacroix then the lottery begins. Mr. Summers starts to call up the men of the house hold up to the black box to draw a piece of paper which would determine who wins the lottery. It is the Hutchinson family that gets picked this year....   [tags: literary and semiotic analysis]
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Use of Symbolism in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson - Symbolism means like any place, person or thing that is something but can be interpreted in a different way. The Lottery by Shirley Jackson is a short story that shows symbolism, to give hints about the story in all the characters and objects in the story. This Short story takes place in the summer where a small town has a lottery every year round. The person that wins the lottery has a huge impact on the town and the crops that grow in it. Old man Warner is the oldest in the town and has been in more than seventy lotteries he likes to go by tradition and doesn’t like to change it up....   [tags: short story analysis]
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“The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson: A Brutal Tradition - ... But there is no purpose; instead, the lottery is meant as a thinly veiled allegory for a deeper meaning, one that shows the danger of conformity to the widely accepted opinion and blindly following tradition because of a fear of change. In this story, Jackson paints a picture of a society willing to laugh and joke with each other one minute, then violently turn on the chosen person the next. Though a few villagers attempt to raise resistance, they are quickly silenced by the larger crowd who, having been raised since birth to accept this tradition, see no flaw with it....   [tags: peer pressure, authority, allegory]
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Use of Symbolism in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson - In stories there will be objects that will constantly be mentioned within the story. This is what is known as Symbolism. Symbolism is the use of object, name, or person to represent an idea. If a name is being use, a name such as autumn can represent the adulthood of a human. Creatures such as an Eagle, represents ‘Freedom’ and ‘America’. Even inanimate objects can represent ideas; the light bulb represents ideas that just sparked into a character’s head. In the short story, “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, a village has just entered the month of June, meaning that the lottery is to begin....   [tags: semiotics, literary analysis]
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Symbolism and Irony in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson - “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, is a short story about a once a year lottery that is performed in a small town. The story takes place in a town in New England. In this particular village during the lottery, one person is chosen at random to be stoned to death by the people. For nearly a century the lottery has been performed. This reoccurring event is not looked down upon and is accepted by the townspeople. By using symbolism, Jackson uses names, objects and the setting to mask irony of the lottery....   [tags: stonning, religious, ritual]
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Nevada's Winnings against Protesting a Lottery - Introducing the option of Nevada having a lottery has been enticing for many. Although lotteries might provide extra revenue for school, when one takes a deeper look into the facts, everyone loses. On average Nevada's casinos profit at about 11 billion a year. People come from all over the states and even the world to gamble in Nevada. 87% of Nevada's tourists specifically come to play these machines, and on average Nevada makes around 9 billion dollars a year due to the slots. If Nevada had a lottery, these statistics have a high probability of changing dramatically....   [tags: slot machines, unemployment]
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The Lottery Of Irony - Have you ever read the story of a princess kissing a frog, having it turn into a prince. Well, what if it didn’t become a prince, but she turned into a frog herself. This is called irony, something we would not expect to happen. In the story of the princess we would not expect that to happen. In the story “The Lottery,” written by Shirley Jackson, we see this situation in another form. She uses irony to bring out the point in her story. “The Lottery,” offers an “ironic twist of fate” that causes wonder and makes one sympathize with the characters....   [tags: essays research papers] 528 words
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Use of Symbols in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson - Many great authors use symbolism numerous of time in their stories. A symbol is a noun or word that represents a different idea. An author displays the symbols as a hit rather than blurting it out. Symbols are not only used in novels or poems, they are also used in everyday use. For an example, the American flag has fifty stars on it which each star represents a state. On the other hand, the thirteen stripes plays the part of our thirteen colonies; the beginning of our country. Even with our high school, a tiger pawl represents us as a fighting tiger that will strive to do what’s right, and to show our strength against our greatest rivals....   [tags: literary analysis]
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The Company and The Nazi Party: The Lottery in Babylon - Written in 1941 by Jorge Luis Borges, The Lottery in Babylon expresses the writer's agnostic and anti-Nazi beliefs through the use of science fiction. Argentina, the home of Borges, supported the Axis powers during World War II. Borges, known for his philisophical writing rather than political writing (Laraway, 563); uses this science fiction short story to depict and question beliefs about religion as well as the use of religion as a tool by the empires of the world. The Lottery in Babylon is a science fiction short story about a mythical city, with a historical name....   [tags: Jorge Luis Borges, literature]
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Use of Symbolism in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson - In the short story “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, once a year a person from town as to be sacrifice for a good harvest. Kids gather stones and put them in their pockets and they head towards the center of the town with the other villagers. As they gather around Mr. Summers brings a black box, in this box it is filled with many papers. Only one paper has a black dot. This dot will determine the family that would be chosen to be sacrifice. Wait I am not quite done, if a family is chosen they would have to draw again between each other to see who in the family would be stoned to death....   [tags: Symbolism, Symbols]
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The Power in Chanda’s Secret and The Lottery - On the surface, Chanda’s Secret, by Allan Stratton, is a mind-altering story about the tough life of a girl who lives in a world of disease and death. However, under the surface, is a story about a power struggle within Chanda’s life. “The Lottery” is a story that appears innocent as the town holds its annual lottery to ensure successful agriculture. However, the book soon takes a deep turn as the reader slowly realizes that the “winner” of the lottery is stoned to death in the end. Chanda’s Secrets and “The Lottery” have similar examples of power because a governmental power starts a huge problem, social power keeps it going, and social power prevents it from being resolved....   [tags: Chanda’s Secret Essays]
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Symbolism and Imagery in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson - The short story “ The Lottery ” the author Shirley Jackson uses symbolism and imagery to develop a theme the brings forth the evil and inhumane nature of tradition and the danger of when it’s carried out with ignorance. In the story, Jackson introduces characters whose names are very symbolic to the story. The ultimately foreshadow the climax of the story. There is Mr. Summers who conducts the lottery. His name is significant because the lottery takes place on a warm summer day. There is also Mr....   [tags: expectations, outcome] 749 words
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Research Paper on Shirley Jackson's “The Lottery” - Shirley Jackson's “The Lottery” is a short story about the annual gathering of the villagers to conduct an ancient ritual. The ritual ends in the stoning of one of the residents of this small village. This murder functions under the guise of a sacrament that, at one time, served the purpose of ensuring a bountiful harvest. This original meaning, however, is lost over the years and generations of villagers. The loss of meaning has changed the nature and overall purpose of the lottery. This ritual is no longer a humble sacrifice that serves the purpose of securing the harvest but instead is a ceremony of violence and murder only existing for the pleasure found in this violence....   [tags: Solemn Tradition, Ritual Symbols]
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Symbolic References in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson - In the short story “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, Jackson illustrates an average agricultural town that usually wouldn’t be given a second thought, but in this case the innocent appearance is holding a dark secret. Every year in the summer an annual tradition is held known as the lottery. The lottery is held in the small town in order to have a bountiful harvest. All the towns’ people gather and each head of the families must reach into an old black box to grab a white slip of paper. The lottery is then narrowed down to one family once all the white slips of paper are opened....   [tags: Symbolism, Symbols]
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Tradition and Dehumanization in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson - The Lottery by Shirley Jackson is a short story about a small town’s annual lottery drawing. Each year, the lottery is held, and instead of the winner being rewarded, members of the community stone them to death. The residents of the town have practiced this tradition for at least 70 years. Jackson’s use of symbols, names, and settings hide the true nature of this long-practiced tradition. The setting of the story is in quiet small town in rural America. The way Jackson describes the town offers little foreshadowing to the dark tradition that the residents blindly follow....   [tags: Murder, Rural, America]
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Symbolic References in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson - Symbolism is a literary technique in which you find different meanings in even the simplest sentences of the story and can reveal different ideas. In “The Lottery”, there are numerous amounts of symbolism from beginning to end. In the short story “The Lottery”, the entire village must gather to pick a paper out of a black box. Most of the papers are white blank sheets and one with a black dot. The person who picks up the black dotted paper will be sacrificed by stoning and will be used to harvest their crops....   [tags: literary analysis]
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Comparing and Contrasting The Lottery and The Yellow Wallpaper - “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson and “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman are two very meaningful and fascinating stories. These stories share similarities in symbols and themes but they do not share the same plot which makes it different from one another. Furthermore, “The lottery” was held in New England village where 300 people were living in that village. This event took place every once a year. Besides, the story begins where on one beautiful morning, everyone in that village gathered to celebrate the lottery....   [tags: Shirley Jackson, Charlotte Perkins Gilman] 1119 words
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Use of Symbolism in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson - There is more meaning behind every object and the importance it holds is what focuses to make it more understandable to the readers. Symbolism is the use of symbols to signify ideas by giving them symbolic meanings that are not the same as their literal sense. For example, violets can symbolize shyness. Even animals can be represented as symbols. Here in the United States the bald headed eagle represents freedom and independence. Also a cross represents religion and faith. Even now a days teens and kids use symbols while texting or on their social media sites....   [tags: hutchinson family, the stones]
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Hidden Symbols in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson - Symbolism has been scraping the surface of literature for many years, but you probably don’t notice them, unless you really dig deep behind the text. Symbolism can be anywhere from the diverse objects around your room that represent a certain time, to the books of literature you read in school. Symbolism is an object, which represents something else. For example, in the short story, “The Lottery”, Mrs. Hutchinson got picked for the lottery. The word “hutch” is another word for box, and she happened to have her life taken from her by a paper in a box....   [tags: literary analysis]
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Symbolic Implications in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson - Symbolism is a technique used by many authors; Shirley Jackson was one of them who used the techniques. Symbolism is an object that is bigger than what it already is. Every year on June 27th, "The Lottery" Is held early because its traditions to these people but most of these people participate in this tradition and don't know what's going on. People are being sacrificed or put to death by stoning them. The villagers should be more talkative amongst each other and discuss by themselves because they need to know what they're getting themselves into....   [tags: Symbolism, Symbols]
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Vicious Stoning in the Lottery by Shirley Jackson - Shirley Jackson’s short story, “The Lottery,” takes place in a small village consisting of about three hundred people. People in the village seemed to be close to one another up until the drawing of the lottery. The lottery, a yearly tradition, is held for one person to be randomly chosen to be brutally stoned to death by the people of the village, including the victim’s “friends” and “family”. Jackson uses a small and serene hometown setting along with a pleasant tone which ironically represents the insincerity and underlying immorality of mankind....   [tags: symbolism, violent, murder]
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Comparing The Narrators in Life of Pi and The Lottery - When authors set out to impact the lives of readers, a diverse utilization of literary aspects is often required. It is easy to come across many differences and similarities between literary aspects when one delves into a plethora of works. In the book Life of Pi author Yann Martel harnesses the use of a varied first person point of view in order to accurately portray the sense of panic and urgency in given situations; adversely, in the short story “The Lottery,” by Shirley Jackson, a detached third person point of view is taken into account in order to drag the reader along on the drawn-out, suspenseful journey that the families involved had to endure....   [tags: compare contrast essay] 1205 words
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Twists and Turns in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson - The Lottery by Shirley Jackson is a story that represents a village that lacks the courage to rid themselves of a tradition that harms people within their community annually. A black box is used to draw paper that will inform which family will be stoned that year. The black box symbolizes a deadly black hole that the villagers are occupying because they are scared of change and follow a tradition that other towns already discarded. Overall, The Lottery is a reflection of a quote by Thoreau, which expresses the views that many people act robotic....   [tags: symbolism, black box, society]
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Obedience Kills in Hamlet, The Lottery, and A&P - People are raised to obey. They are taught to follow orders; they are punished if they don’t. They are shown the rewarding benefits, such as success, a well-paying job and happiness that come along with being loyal, almost sheeplike followers of the law-like structure that their parents, teachers and other superiors set for them. But people aren’t usually shown the consequences that can arise when obedience is taken too far. I mean, look at the character Ophelia in Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” She tried to be as obedient as possible and that just drove her insane....   [tags: Literature, Philosophy]
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Lunacy in The Lottery, A Rose for Emily, and The Swimmer - The word crazy is defined as a mentally deranged person, or done in a wild, aggressive manner. However, in many works of writing crazy can be portrayed in a variety of forms. In the Lottery, you see crazy in the concept of society and the blind following of tradition. This story also gives the term for crazy to describe the reactions of the woman who is being stoned. A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner, in contrast, shows crazy as a result of death and denial. Lastly, by contrast and comparison, you can see crazy by the irrational actions of Neddie in The Swimmer....   [tags: compare contrast essays]
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Symbolism in Shirley Jackson´s The Lottery - Throughout the course of humanity, people have sought ways to promote a society where moral unification and motivation are present. It is essential for a community to coincide with such values; therefore, tradition and folklore are transcended though generations as customs which people follow mostly without question. In Shirley Jackson’s short story, The Lottery, such traditions are exploited through a futile box along with a brutal ritual which symbolizes the way a society might mindlessly abide by them and feel powerless to divert from such illogical acts....   [tags: Death, Tradition, Ignorance]
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Lottery Is Good - State lotteries have been around for awhile to help build up state revenue. In such things as scratch off instant tickets or daily number drawings. To some these things are evil, but to some others who’s lives aren’t the greatest, it’s a shimmer of hope that most people don’t have. Now the thing about the lottery is a lot of people don’t win, but those few that do could be put into a nice situation that they’ve never been in before. This is the land of freedom and opportunity, isn’t that we are giving the commonwealth....   [tags: essays research papers] 691 words
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The Lottery Winner - The Lottery Winner SETTING: The book starts out in Manhattan, New York in modern times. The book mostly takes place in New York city but throughout the book they also travel to London, England, cypress point spa, and several other places. The book ends back in Manhattan, New York. CHARACTERS: 1. Alvirah Meehan is a former maid that is near her sixties and has quit her job after her and her husband struck it rich in the winning of the lottery. Alvirah started taking interest in helping people with murders and other problems that she ran across while traveling across the world....   [tags: Essays Papers] 1071 words
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The Dangers of Blindly Following in Shirley Jackson's The Lottery - “In this village, where there were only about three hundred people, the whole lottery took less than two hours, so it could begin at ten o'clock in the morning and still be through in time to allow the villagers to get home for noon dinner” (Jackson). In life, many people are hesitant to change the way they do things, as a rule saying ‘We've always done it this way. Why change now?’ Defenders of the status quo have utilized this rationality down through the ages. In Shirley Jackson’s short story, “The Lottery,” the follow-the-crowd villagers are reluctant to reject antiquated customs that might be thought of by most people, disturbing and/or evil....   [tags: community, village, immortal]
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Winning is a Nightmare in Shirley Jackson's Short Story, The Lottery - ... This is the first use of foreshadowing, giving the reader expectations that nothing could go wrong on such a beautiful day. Right off the bat, Jackson leaves the reader to question the reasoning of why, " Bobby Martin had already stuffed his pockets full of stones, and the other boys soon followed his example"(242). The reasoning behind the little boys gathering rocks is left for the reader to later find out. The men " stood together, away from the pile of stones"(243) hinting towards the idea that the stones aren't something you would want to be near....   [tags: prize, lucky, black box]
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Discussion of Literary Techniques Used in The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson - The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson is a short story about a community that has a yearly lottery pull. The short story is set in a small town that is seemingly normal at first. Every year the town has a lottery pull, in which one person is chosen at random, to be stoned to death by all of their fellow townsmen. The lottery is a tradition that was started many years ago, and is kept alive by the current residents. By using symbolism, irony, and setting Jackson shows the true darkness within the entirety of the human race....   [tags: symbolism, irony, tradition] 868 words
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The Influence of Characters in Shirley Jackson’s "The Lottery" - The characters in a short story are vital to understanding everything that the author has put into her work. Most of Shirley Jackson’s characters in “The Lottery” adapt as the story goes on, revealing their true opinions and behaviors. Her characters are also true to life, which establishes realism in her stories. Tess, Old Man Warner, and the women of this story all provide outlooks and opinions that shape “The Lottery” into the constructive story it is. Immediately, the women of “The Lottery” seem to be a friendly group who stick by one another’s sides....   [tags: tradition, friendship, ritual]
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Sinister Symbols Within The Lottery by Shirley Jackson - Throughout history with no specific date of origin, people have used objects to represent ideas. These objects of representation are known as symbols. Symbols are used in almost everything we see in our daily lives. They are often flashed right in front of us without us mentally taking notice of them. It takes observation and a comprehension of certain things to understand symbols. For example one might question why there is a bald eagle on the back of the quarter. Fact is the bald eagle is known to be a strong creature therefore is a symbolism of strength which is what the United States is known to be....   [tags: Symbolism, Symbols]
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The Illusion of Tradition in Jackson's The Lottery - The Illusion of Tradition There is a Lottery going on today and we all hold a ticket. In “The Lottery” Shirley Jackson is asking people to stop for a moment and take a look at the traditions around them. Shirley Jackson uses symbolism to show that traditions today are sometimes as misguided as the tradition of the lottery in that small town in Somewhere, USA.      Evil can be evoked in the most kind-hearted person if tradition deems it ok. Though the years there have been many wars in which many men have fought, and killed....   [tags: Shirley Jackson]
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The Portrayal of the Nazi Party as the Company in The Lottery in Babylon - Written in 1941 by Jorge Luis Borges, The Lottery in Babylon expresses the writer's agnostic and anti-Nazi beliefs through the use of science fiction. Argentina, the home of Borges, supported the Axis powers during World War II. The symbolism Borges uses in the story, not a one-to-one representation, interprets several ways. This paper will focus on Borges' anti-Nazi perspective. The Lottery in Babylon takes place in a mythical city, with a historical name. The lottery began as a game initiated by merchants and enjoyed by the upper class of Babylon....   [tags: Jorge Luis Borges, historical analysis]
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Symbolism, Allegory and Plot in The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson - The Lottery, Unlocking the Secrets Of the many intriguing varieties of literary methods used to write most short stories, the author of The Lottery, Shirley Jackson, uses symbolism, allegory and plot to make this story stand out. Of the many literary methods of writing, Jackson used symbolism and allegory to her advantage. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary classifies symbolism as “the particular idea or quality that is expressed by a symbol” and Allegory as “a story in which the characters and events are symbols that stand for ideas about human life or for a political or historical situation”....   [tags: Human Nature, Village]
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Similarities Between Shirley Jackson's The Lottery and Bullying - ... No matter how hard you try to fight back, there is no chance because the bully picks on the weak that cant fight back. Not only they fight with remarkable strength, most of the time they find in numbers. The bully would gather with his other friends that are bullies to over power their victim even more; they would make you powerless that you cant fight back and have fear implanted into your heart and mind. Thus making you weak, oppressed, threatened and vulnerable. Power dominance is a key component in bullying and in lottery because one side is being dominated by the other side....   [tags: power, cruelty, fear]
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Elasticity of Demand for Lottery Tickets - Elasticity of Demand for Lottery Tickets Elasticity is the responsiveness of demand or supply to the changes in prices or income. There are various formulas and guidelines to follow when trying to calculate these responses. For instance, when the percentage of change of the quantity demanded is greater then the percentage change in price, the demand is known to be price elastic. On the other hand, if the percentage change in demand is less than then the percentage change in price; Like that of demand, supply works in a similar way....   [tags: Economics Economy Finance Essays]
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Thy Shall Be Named in Shirley Jackson´s The Lottery - “The lottery in June, corn be heavy soon” (page 25). In Shirley Jackson’s short story, she alludes the events leading up to Tessie’s stoning to the Bible. In turn, proving that through the symbolism of their names, all the townspeople were in on the sacrificial beliefs of “The Lottery”. Traditionally, a child with a name that is that of the bible is classic. In efforts to make the child that much closer with God, parents pull names from His Holy Word. So, it is not ironic but rather conventional that Shirley Jackson chooses to use Mr....   [tags: symbolism, names, bible, stoned, life] 758 words
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Everyday Use, by Alice Walker and The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson - In comparing and contrasting the short stories “Everyday Use” written by Alice Walker and “The Lottery” written by Shirley Jackson, tradition is carried on throughout the generations. Symbols are often used in these short stories to convey these messages of tradition and heritage. Rebellious characters are also found in both of the stories, trying to alter traditions to meet their own personal expectations. However, in contrast “The Lottery” is a much more barbaric story that does not reveal the cruelty until the end of the story....   [tags: symbols, tradition, short stories]
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Comparison of Jackson's Short Story The Lottery to the Film - ... In the film adaptation “The Lottery” it gives away some very distinctive key elements to the story in the beginning. Therefore, knowing what is going to happen before it occurs. The quote for quote from the story to the film is well constructive yet emotionless; coming from a different person perspective one might find the film to be interesting and or disgusting. Jackson opens up with “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” (156)....   [tags: tradition, sacrifice, emotionless] 598 words
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Tradition Is an Evil Dictator in Shirley Jackson's The Lottery - Tradition is an evil dictator. Tradition can be simple or complex. Tradition has the power to force someone to do something or not do something. In Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”, the reader gets an uneasy feeling that tradition dictates everything. Jackson makes it obvious that this village is run completely on tradition and that everyone fears change. One-way to ensure that the tradition of the lottery is continued, the children participate. The children are the first to assemble then the rest to the village....   [tags: village, ritual, power]
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Slips Of Fate -the Lottery - Slips of Fate In the short story 'The Lottery'; by Shirley Jackson, the author uses irony to expand on a theme of traditions that continue although they are ludicrous and barbaric. 'Like a lamb to slaughter'; comes to mind for both the characters in this story and the reader. The characters are honoring a tradition that is handed down to them from former generations. The reader is led through the seemingly normal and quaint little village, and is taken on a ride of ironic horror as they slowly grasp the eventual fate of one inhabitant of the village....   [tags: essays research papers] 529 words
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Lottery - "Mood Shifts" Many authors use mood shifts in their stories to leave a greater impact on the reader and make it easier to understand. The particular state of mind or feelings of a person is one’s mood. Various aspects of one’s surroundings can alter a mood. A story often creates a specific mood or even causes a number of different moods to arise in a short period of time. Shirley Jackson’s short story, "The Lottery" does just that, by forcing different moods to surface in various sections of the story....   [tags: essays research papers] 728 words
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Expansion and the Evolutionary Lottery - Expansion and the Evolutionary Lottery For a young scholar learning the basic concepts of science and biology, evolution was this grand theory of past life becoming more like present life over time via the utilization of such complicated and foreboding means as "natural selection" and "survival of the fittest." I came to understand that there was endless diversity of life, and variation was a result of the interactions of organisms with their environments. Natural selection placed pressure on the organisms forcing adaptations to be made, hence new species to arise over time....   [tags: Evolution Essays] 1357 words
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The Road to Addiction - There was a man who would stand on the corner with a sign, begging for pennies. Once he had enough money he would go to the closest store to get lottery tickets. The next day would be the same as the last. This man had nothing else to live for, he had already lost everything he had ever once cared about and only grieved for more in return. The lottery is a scheme for raising money by taking from people of our communities, and specifically out of the homes and pockets of the poorest individuals of our home towns and neighborhoods....   [tags: gambling and the lottery] 688 words
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Human Nature at its Worst - 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: The Lottery Essays]
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Common Survival and Death Theme in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson and Chris Abani´s The Lottery - We can transform our life by altering our thinking process, and the stories by Shirley Jackson and Chris Abani emphasize on changing the thought. Shirley Jackson’s story, “The Lottery”, conveys a great ironic tradition of a certain American community at some time in history, probably not that old. Similarly, “The Lottery” by Chris Abani also explores a similar tragic story about a loss of a life, and presents the life and survival as a lottery, which is never certain. In these regards, both these stories express a common theme of a traditional belief and a tragic end of a life but in a very contrasting fashion and settings....   [tags: Death, Tradition, Mob]
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Compare and Contrast: The Ones Who Walked Away from the Omelas and The Lottery - What would happen if an utopia wasn’t all that perfect on the inside. Judging by just the appearance of something may lead to a situation of regret and confusion.” The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas” by Ursula K. Le Guin and “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson address the theme of religious and traditional symbolism.” The Lottery” demonstrates how something that seems so perfect on the outside isn’t all that great on the inside. Symbolism shows the reader that there is a deeper message within the diction....   [tags: utopia, symbolism, shirley jackson] 794 words
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Kurt Vonnegut’s Harrison Bergeron and Shirley Jackson's The Lottery - Freedom is one of the many great qualities of life, but when it is taken away, life could turn out to be anything but great. Freedom to think, repent, and refuse should be incorporated in ones daily routine, but under an authoritarian dystopian society, these freedoms are only dreamt of. When society draws such attitudes and lifestyles upon its citizens, one adapts and accepts these requests, but not without a compromise. In Shirley Jackson’s masterpiece ‘The Lottery’ and Kurt Vonnegut’s exceptional story ‘Harrison Bergeron’, human life is so often sacrificed and withdrawn that is becomes a norm in society....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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One of America's Best and Most Controversial Short Stories, The Lottery by Shirley Jackson - ... The black box represents tradition. “Mr. Summers spoke frequently to the villagers about making a new box, but no one liked to upset even as much tradition as was represented by the black box. There was a story that the present box had been made with some pieces of the box that had preceded it.”(Jackson. 1) The idea of a simple change as just switching a material object, the black box, to something newer bothered the villagers because they believed it was made with some of the same pieces as the original one which is where they got this tradition passed down from....   [tags: villagers, sacrifice, resistance] 960 words
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Trauma of Execution Yields Social Conformity: The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson - In “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, the people of the small community reveal the psychological effects of participating in public executions and how these effects lead to social conformity. The main characters Tessie Hutchinson and Old Man Warner reveal the varying psychological reactions one would have from participating in a public execution. Other townspeople have developed dissociative symptoms that explain their conformity to the lottery. Jackson herself shows psychological symptoms because of the way readers treated her after the 1948 publication of “The Lottery.” The psychological effects of participating in public executions lead people to conform to societal norms to avoid becomin...   [tags: Humanization, Dissociative Symptoms]
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Traditions in The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and The Lottery by Shirley Jackson - Suzanne Collin's The Hunger Games and Shirley Jackson's The Lottery both demonstrate tradition, scapegoating, and sacrifice as the theme in their story. In “The Lottery” a violent murder occurs each year in order to preserve tradition. The same occurs in The Hunger Games where a tribute is chosen, one male, and one female to represent their district in a deadly death match. However, both stories end with different outcomes. In The Hunger Games whoever is victorious will live a life of riches and freedom whereas in one family member is chosen to be stoned to death....   [tags: violence, capitol, villagers]
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Similarities Involving Social Ritual and Ceremony in The Hunger Games and The Lottery - ... The only excuse for missing the “reaping” is said bluntly by Everdeen: “attendance is mandatory unless you are at death’s door” (Collins, 16). If someone is caught in their homes during the “reaping” they are arrested and taken back to the Capitol to be tortured. The consequence for missing the lottery is implied to be similar to missing the “reaping.” If someone misses the lottery then someone else must draw for that person, given that they have an excuse for not being there. In the story Clyde Dunbar could not draw for himself due to a broken leg, thus his wife drew for him....   [tags: Collins and Jackson, story comparison]
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Comparing The Lottery by Shirley Jackson and The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell - ... Finally, Tess Hutchinson receives the winnings; a piece of paper with a black dot present. We soon realize that in fact, this is no winning at all; the black dot is a sign of death. To be stoned by the villagers of the town to keep ritual alive. End of story. Some of the audience might be left in a state of mind were they feel incomplete and think the story was poorly told in these fictions. Yet, others left to think about why this ritual even exists, and why Mrs Hutchinson was to be the one chosen....   [tags: moral, audience, life]
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Conformity in The Lottery, The Ones Who Walked Away from Omelas and The Namesake - To stand firm in ones beliefs is a difficult task. It takes a strong-minded person with boldness to stand for what he or she believes in. The possible consequence for doing so is isolation, humiliation or the success of changing ones view. Given that standing up for oneself makes the person vulnerable, out of fear, many suppress their ideas and settle for the beliefs of others. In The Lottery, The Ones Who Walked Away from Omelas and The Namesake, the characters struggled with the decision to conform to society or go against social norms to defend their morals....   [tags: Literacy Analysis ]
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Concept of Death Between The Lottery by Shirly Jackson and The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin - Death can come in many ways. It can be sudden, or over a strenuous period of time. It can seem random, but sometimes is planned and thought out. There are just about as many ways to deal with death, as there are ways to die. While both The lottery and The Story of an Hour explore the theme of death and grief, The lottery tells a tale of the sacrificial death for a community (necessary, no grief) while The Story of an Hour depicts the natural death of a loved one (grief, but, later, revelation) and how we eventually come to terms with it....   [tags: death, grief, loss, tragedy]
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Superiority of A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift Over The Lottery by Shirley Jackson - “A Modest Proposal” written by Jonathan Swift is without a doubt superior to the satire “The Lottery” written by Shirley Jackson. In order to master the intense task of writing a satire the author must put the reader in admiration, and that is exactly what Swift does. “A Modest Proposal” is an excellent piece, and shows Swift’s piercing wit and biting sarcasm. Although this satire was composed within 1729 it still holds the bite and shocking analogies in which we still are in awe upon. “A Modest Proposal” is without a doubt one of the world’s foremost examples of genius, because of the fact that Swift couriers his mastery of his wittiness and how Swift executed expressing the satire was imme...   [tags: satire, wit, example] 647 words
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Traditional Sacrifices in The Lottery by Jackson and The Rocking-Horse Winner by Lawrence - ... D. H. Lawrence’s The Rocking-Horse Winner’s point of view was more obvious and written though the eyes of Paul, his mother and the uncle. The mother relates passion with her family’s financial situation. Whereas Paul “boy’s rocking” is lead to think luck is money and money is needed to keep the family in their social standing. For example, “He went off by himself, vaguely, in a childish way, seeking for the clue to “luck,” Absorbed, taking no heed of other people, he went about with a sort of stealth, seeking inwardly for luck....   [tags: ritual, death, evil]
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The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson and Eudora Welty’s A Worn Path - In literature there are many different critical views, in which all of them have very distinctive ideas and beliefs. The value of these critical views is decided by the reader and may be different to each one. When a reader approaches a work of literature they bring their own views and experiences with them, so each reader will read each story differently. And even the same reader will never read the same story the same way twice due to things that may have changed in his or her life. In Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” (509-15) and Eudora Welty’s “A Worn Path” (568-74) one reader my feel sympathy while another does not fill anything....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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