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  • 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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    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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    '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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    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

  • 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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    In Shirley Jackson’s "The Lottery," she uses the element of surprise. The way the story ends is unlike anything anyone could predict. There are however several alternative ways the story could have ended. The following is one possible alternative ending to "The Lottery". Everyone was prepared. Thirty minutes prior to the drawing, the villagers started collecting the best and largest stones they possibly could. Mrs. Dunbar picked up a handful of pebbles and stuffed them in her pocket, she than

  • The Lottery

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    '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

  • 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