Interview with Shirley Jackson
I still remember the day we were assigned to do a research paper on a piece of literature we had read in my English 198 class. The story I chose to write my paper on was “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, it was one of my favorites. Luckily for me Mrs. Jackson lived in my neighborhood and my parents were friends with her and her husband. So I knew it would not be difficult to set up an interview with her for my research paper. One day after getting home from school, I met my mother in the living room so I told her that I was doing a research paper on Mrs. Jackson and asked if she could set up an interview for me. The following day I was thrilled to hear that my mom had successfully arranged for me to have my interview.
On the day of the interview I walked to Mrs. Jackson’s home, it was only about five minutes away from my home. I remember feeling a bit nervous as I pressed the door bell, within a couple of seconds Mrs. Jackson opened the door and welcomed me with a beautiful smile. As we walked towards the parlor she asked how my parents were doing, I told her they were doing fine. After that she asked me if I was thirsty, I kindly said I was not. She paused for a few seconds than told me to begin. Interviewer: Mrs. Jackson, thank you for agreeing to do this interview. I have a couple of questions to ask.
Mrs. Jackson: You’re welcome, so what would you like to know? Interviewer: To start off, where were u born? And did you grow up there? Mrs. Jackson: I was born in San Francisco. No, I actually grew up in California (Jackson 251). Interviewer: were you interested in writing as a child? Or was it something you developed later in life? Mrs. Jackson: I became interested in writing at an early age. I actually won my first poetry prize when I was twelve. Later on in high school I kept a diary to record my writing progress (“Shirley Jackson”). Interviewer: That’s very interesting. Have you ever used a place you have lived in as...
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