The Lottery Essays

  • Lottery The Lottery

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    Most people are hopeful to win a prize when they think of the lottery, but that is not the case in Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”. In this short story, winning the lottery is a bad thing, not a good thing. If someone were to win the lottery in this case, he or she would be stoned to death. To determine who is the lucky winner of this dreadful lottery, the man of each household is to pick a piece of paper outside of a black box and the one with a black dot on the paper is the winning family. Then

  • The Lottery

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    known for her short story “The Lottery,” which was first published in the June 26, 1984, edition of The New Yorker (Russo 1251). The story focuses around a village on the day of their annual lottery. Its intention is to guarantee enough rain to have a successful corn crop in the following June. The story revolves around a deluded belief that if the villagers sacrifice one of their own they will be compensated and will have good crops. In the short story “The Lottery,” Jackson applies three of many

  • The Lottery

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    '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

  • The Lottery

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    Everything may not be what they seem to be in Shirley Jackson short story “The Lottery” people hold loyalties of varying level to various items incident and rituals in their lives. The townspeople hold the utmost loyalty towards their tradition of the lottery. Their loyalty also lies with some traditions and items such as the ritualistic drawing box, which is tattered and worn. Also their loyalties lie more with this than they do with the townspeople’s neighbors and families. As a whole these people

  • The Lottery

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    Shirley Jackson, when she wrote The Lottery, in 1948, was trying to show everyone about the different superstitions, or beliefs, each culture, town, or village had and how bad they were. Even the kids in the village got ready for the lottery, it didn’t faze them, and all they knew was that it was just an event that happened every year. After all, villages, tribes, or cultures have many different traditions they all tend to put their full trust in. The lottery is a drawing that takes place on June

  • The Lottery

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    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

  • The Lottery

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    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

  • The Lottery

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    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). Literary critic, Elizabeth Janeway wrote that, " 'The Lottery' makes its effect without having to state a moral about

  • The Lottery

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    The Lottery has been craftily shown in both the movie and the text in a suspenseful and dark manner, telling the same story, they show it with many similarities but also with many differences, in the showing and typing of the setting, characters, and the plot setting. In the Lottery text, the lottery took place in the morning, probably some time between the beginning of work and lunch, in a square, where they all met up. I can come to the conclusion that the lottery was in between lunch and the start

  • The Lottery

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    The Lottery Merriam-Webster's online dictionary defines tradition as, an inherited, established, or customary pattern of thought, action, or behavior (as a religious practice or a social custom) and the handing down of information, beliefs, and customs by word of mouth or by example from one generation to another without written instruction. If we are to go by the latter definition , we can understand how traditions are easily lost. Have you ever played the game telephone? You whisper something

  • The Lottery

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    Shirley Jackson's, The Lottery, has raised questions in the back of every reader's mind towards the destructive yet blind rituals of mankind. A reflection of ourselves is what we see when looking through the pond of Jackson's mind. The Lottery clearly expressed Jackson's feelings concerning traditional rituals through her story, opened the eyes of its readers to properly classify and question some of today's traditions as cruel, and allowed room to foretell the outcome of these unusual traditions

  • The Lottery

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    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

  • The Lottery

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    The Lottery by Shirley Jackson is a shocking tale of a town with a tradition that would be considered unorthodox in today’s society. Meanwhile, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce, like The Lottery is a thrilling story in which the reader is taken through different levels of consciousness in a man's execution. Both The Lottery and An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge are stories that use situational irony to displace a theme or motif. The lottery begins on June 27 in the village square

  • Lottery

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    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. The peaceful mood at the story’s beginning, the anxiety that gradually builds, and the eventual horror at the story’s conclusion demonstrate mood shifts in this

  • Lotteries In Shirley Jackson's The Lottery

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    Lotteries are the picture of money for most people. Lotteries are often viewed as a great thing, winning the lottery means winning cash, but in reality a lottery is just a raffle. It is a process ruled by chance. Winning the lottery could be from the best reward to the cruelest one ever. In 1948, Shirley Jackson wrote the short story “The Lottery” to show there is pointless violence and brutality in humans’ lives and how society accepts it. She used the story to show how people will join senseless

  • Importance Of Lottery In The Lottery By Tessley Hutchinson

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    in “The Lottery.” “The Lottery” is a short story that takes place in a small town with nearly 300 people. Every year, the town comes together for the yearly tradition of the lottery, which is a human sacrifice to prepare for the fall crops. “The Lottery” is a suspenseful story that shows the irony to many important details of the story, including the true meaning of a lottery, the dangers of keeping only some aspects of a tradition, and the defiance of Tessie Hutchinson. The word lottery is almost

  • The Lottery Theme

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    short story The Lottery. The setting for the story, a gathering in a small rural village is symbolic of "small town America." It was customary at that time, for rural community leaders to organize summertime gatherings to bring people together and to acknowledge people and businesses. It was thought to be good for the businesses and good for the community. These gatherings were usually organized by the city council and featured lotteries with modest cash-prizes. This made The Lottery instantly recognizable

  • Symbolism In The Lottery

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    Symbolism of the Lottery In Shirley Jackson’s short story, “The Lottery”, she emphasizes on tradition in a small town, which has been drastically lost throughout the years. The community holds on to tradition due to the fear of superstition of the harvesting of the crops. Symbolism is “the representation of something in symbolic form or the attribution of symbolic meaning or character to something” ( The villagers show the unwillingness to challenge tradition and superstition. They

  • The Lottery Response

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    February 21, 2014 The Lottery Response Paper Winning the lottery can be rewarding with money, gifts, and more. However, in the short story, 'The Lottery', written by Shirley Jackson, the lottery is something that people shouldn’t participate in. The short story takes place in a small town with an approximate number of three hundred residents. The lottery takes place every year on June 27 where the townspeople gather up in the middle of the town in order to participate in the lottery. We do not find out

  • The Lottery Tradition

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    “The Lottery” Tradition is defined as “the transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation, or the fact of being passed on this way.” The lottery is a strange tradition for the town of New Hope. Typically, when people think of tradition they think good. This is the same thought when it comes to a lottery. Most people view a lottery as “a means of raising money by selling numbered tickets and giving prizes to the holders of numbers drawn at random.” However, “The Lottery” story and