"Argument Against The Lottery By Jackson" Essays and Research Papers

  • Argument Against The Lottery By Jackson

    ‘The Lottery’ By Shirley Jackson Mode: Reading Genre: Prose Task: How does Shirley Jackson build up suspense in the short story ‘The Lottery’? The story ‘The Lottery’ was written by Shirley Jackson, throughout the piece the author builds up suspense towards the climax. The story takes place in a small village, where the people are close and tradition is paramount. A yearly event, called the lottery, is one in which one person in the town is randomly selected, by a drawing, to be violently...

    Black box, Fiction, Neil Young 1368  Words | 4  Pages

  • The Lottery Shirley Jackson

    In modern times, the lottery is generally acknowledged as a set of fantastic prizes that people vie to win; however, in Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery,” the exact opposite is true. Jackson transforms this rather innocuous-sounding practice to a dark, perverse town ritual in a shocking twist that leaves the reader hungry for more details. Jackson conveys her message that tradition is not always best with her omission of details, use of foreshadowing and abrupt ending. Jackson begins her story in...

    Lottery, Rajm, Shirley Jackson 804  Words | 3  Pages

  • Research on the Lottery by Shirley Jackson

    analytical essay? 1. intro - intro sentence -concise summary of "lottery story": "wh" = answer all these for sure- when, where, what, who , how kids (including dany h) villagers officials warner adams tessie symbolic objects a tale with a dark message, with a dire warning, strange story of a parable with a relevant, timeless story. identify the story, author and a brief, phrased description of the story itself. ^intro sentence thesis sentence - all these groups...

    20th century, Erich Fromm, Introduction 659  Words | 4  Pages

  • 'the Lottery' by Shirley Jackson

    ‘The Lottery’ by Shirley Jackson is a short story that uses plot. characterisation and suspense to develop several themes. In doing so Jackson deepens our understanding of people and the nature of society. The story begins in a growing village which holds an annual lottery, but instead of being rewarded the person who receives the marked paper gets stoned to death. ...

    Short story, Stoning, The Lottery 1260  Words | 4  Pages

  • Literary Analysis: "The Lottery: by Shirley Jackson

    Running head:LITERARY ANALYSIS � PAGE * MERGEFORMAT �1� Running head: LITERARY ANALYSIS � PAGE * MERGEFORMAT �4� LITERARY ANALYSIS: "THE LOTTERY: BY SHIRLEY JACKSON English Composition - Section ON10 Colorado Christian University 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...

    Adam and Eve, Life, Shirley Jackson 838  Words | 3  Pages

  • The Lottery Themes, by Shirley Jackson

    Tradition The village lottery culminates in a violent murder each year, a bizarre ritual that suggests how dangerous tradition can be when people follow it blindly. Before we know what kind of lottery they’re conducting, the villagers and their preparations seem harmless, even quaint: they’ve appointed a rather pathetic man to lead the lottery, and children run about gathering stones in the town square. Everyone is seems preoccupied with a funny-looking black box, and the lottery consists of little...

    Black box, Family, KILL 1300  Words | 4  Pages

  • The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

    Analysis of Shirley Jackson’s: “The Lottery” by Cary Sanders English 1320-Section 15 Dr. J. Drummond April 2 , 2015 Sanders i Outline Thesis Statement: People will often unquestionably follow tradition and the crowd without ever stopping to think about why they are doing what they are doing. I. Plot A. Summer Time B. Small Town II. Characters III. Theme of Story A. Blind Tradition B. Unquestioning Allegiance IV. Is it not ironic? A. Lottery equals death? B. Think before...

    Barry Sanders, Fiction, Shirley Jackson 699  Words | 5  Pages

  • The Lottery

     The Lottery On a clear morning, June 27th, the townspeople, men, women, and children begin to assemble for the lottery which is to begin at ten in the morning. The opening paragraphs completely mask the underlying darkness of this short story. As the reader progresses throughout the story, these deeper elements of the story become evident. "The Lottery" successfully combines elements of horror, irony, hypocrisy, and tradition in a way that fulfills Carver’s criteria of a story that exemplifies...

    A Story, Fiction, Shirley Jackson 872  Words | 3  Pages

  • The Lottery

    desire to be the next winner of the lottery. The lottery is a tradition in our country, a tradition that has led to thousands of winners who are deemed “the lucky ones.” However, is following tradition always a good thing? Are the winners of this desirable lottery always so lucky? Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” employs a detached, unique tone and utilizes ambiguous symbolism to reveal the inhumanity of mindlessly following societal tradition. “The Lottery” commences on the morning of June 27th...

    A Good Thing, Deception, English-language films 803  Words | 3  Pages

  • The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

    MLA Format Debernardi 2 Romain DEBERNARDI Doctor Yaw ENGL 102 10 September 2011 In this paper, we are going to carry out a reflexion about the characters in two stories : “The Destructors,“ by Graham Greene and “The Lottery,“ by Shirley Jackson. We are going to identify the main characters and point out their qualities, emotions, attitudes, and behaviors. In this way, we will compare the two stories based upon their characters. Leading or Following the Group Paper # 1 In a...

    Antihero, Character, Protagonist 867  Words | 3  Pages

  • The Lottery

    The Lottery Thesis Statements and Important Quotes Below you will find four outstanding thesis statements for “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson that can be used as essay starters or paper topics. All five incorporate at least one of the themes in “The Lottery” and are broad enough so that it will be easy to find textual support, yet narrow enough to provide a focused clear thesis statement. These thesis statements offer a short summary of “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson in terms of different elements...

    Religion, Religious symbolism, Ritual 1789  Words | 5  Pages

  • The Lottery

    Kyle Simms ENC 1102 Professor Daniels Essay 1 The Lottery The story by Shirley Jackson, “The Lottery”, is a very unusual story. It is unique in its own ways. The author Shirley Jackson is definitely a passionate, creative writer to write a story like this one. There are some odd themes and lessons we can all learn from this crazy story. The story is about a small village of only around three hundred people who all know each other. “The morning of June 27th was cleat and sunny, with...

    KILL, Randomness, Sacrifice 1009  Words | 3  Pages

  • Argument for and Against

    Factors For and Against Marijuana should be legalized in the United States. Reasons for legalization (ranked from strongest to weakest) 1. Medical benefits for terminal illnesses such as cancer. 2. Police and court resources would be freed to pursue more serious crimes. 3. The FDA could regulate the quality and safety of the drug. 4. This drug has fewer side effects that most currently legal narcotics. 5. Legalization would lower prices, thereby reducing crimes such as theft. 6...

    Cancer, Decriminalization, Drug addiction 818  Words | 3  Pages

  • The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

    Communications Skills 2 The Lottery By Bobby Sampson 2/2/13 The Lottery by Shirley Jackson is the story of a village following a tradition that results in the sacrifice of one citizen each year by stoning. The author Shirley Jackson shows the reader how following the unknown may result into sorrowful actions if one is too apprehensive to ask questions. Although the villagers do not know why they follow the tradition they willingly participate until they become the victim. Shirley Jackson provides a story...

    A Story, Racism, Sacrifice 971  Words | 3  Pages

  • Satire/Irony in ‘the Lottery’ by Shirley Jackson

    Satire/Irony in ‘The Lottery’: The Lucky Ticket The use of Satire/Irony within literature establishes situations where the unlikelihood of the occurrence of an event will happen. Jackson’s manipulation of his story, The Lottery, provides an unexpected twist to what one may seem to be a normal subject. Northrop Frye’s The Singing School, suggests that all stories are told in either one of four ways: Comedy, Romance, Tragedy or Satire/Irony (Frye 18). The use of Irony and its conventional associations...

    Comedy, Fiction, Irony 2043  Words | 6  Pages

  • Unjust Traditions of the Lottery by Shirley Jackson

    Published in 1948, The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson has become well known by the tradition of the village. Tradition plays a key role throughout the lives of the villagers. The title of this short story “ The Lottery” may lead one to believe that something good is to come but later as you read on, you will realize that this is not the case. By the unjust persecution of innocent individuals, Shirley Jackson’s short story “The Lottery” portrays the dangers of blindly following tradition...

    Discrimination, Religious persecution, Shirley Jackson 701  Words | 4  Pages

  • The Bahamas: Against a National Lottery

    National Lottery Referendum The Islands of the Bahamas, located just southeast of Florida is a chain of islands that make up a tiny yet proud country in the Caribbean. Currently the government of the Bahamas, based on the British parliamentary system, is debating on the legalization of a national lottery for the country. Since the Bahamas is a predominantly Christian country, gambling is illegal for local citizens since it is considered a sin in The Bible. The questions of a national lottery and/or...

    Bahamas, Decriminalization, Gambling 1501  Words | 4  Pages

  • The Lottery by Shirley Jackson: an Analysis

    Kouyialis EN102: Composition II Professor Eklund The Lottery by Shirley Jackson: An Analysis The short story “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson was written in 1948 and takes place in a small town, on the 27th of June. In this story, the lottery occurs every year, around the summer solstice. All families gather together to draw slips of paper from a black box. When reading this story, it is unclear the full premise of the lottery until near the end. The heads of households are the first...

    Capital punishment, Fiction, Rajm 1518  Words | 4  Pages

  • The Lottery

    The Lottery Conformity or Pure Selfishness “The opposite for courage is not cowardice, it is conformity. Even a dead fish can go with the flow”-Jim Hightower. Have you ever been in a situation to where you know a person or a group is doing something wrong, but you choose not to do anything about it? Have you ever done something wrong for so long that it suddenly became a lifestyle for you? Jackson’s story, “The Lottery”, when it comes to being in the wrong or not speaking up, reminds me...

    English-language films, Homecoming, Michael Jackson 1035  Words | 3  Pages

  • This is a Literary Analysis paper on "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson.

    "The Lottery" I feel that Shirley Jackson uses a simple story to explain how people in our society face conflict with society and with fate. Shirley Jackson was a good and very successful writer during her time. She wrote many children's books, novels, and short stories. In this paper I am going to analyze the conflict that is faced between the protagonist and society, and the conflict that the protagonist faces with fate. Biography "The Lottery" is a short story written by Shirley Jackson. Jackson...

    Fiction, Shirley Jackson, Short story 1087  Words | 4  Pages

  • Characters of “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson

    Section 45 February 10, 2014 Characters of “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson The Lottery, like most of Shirley Jackson’s other short stories was written in third person. Newsweek states, “In her art, as in her life, Shirley Jackson was an absolute original. She listened to her own voice, kept her own counsel, and isolated herself from all intellectual and literary currents . . . . She was unique." (Newsweek) In the short story “The Lottery there are three major characters that can be identified...

    Short story, The Lottery, The New Yorker 1063  Words | 3  Pages

  • The Lottery

    Outline Thesis: In Shirley Jackson's controversial short story, "The Lottery", the usage of symbolism stands strong when she manages to relate the feebleness of life with pieces of paper, mystery and fear with an eerie black box, and society's prevailing ability to blindly follow tradition with the overall aspect of a "lottery". I. The pieces of paper that the villagers had to draw contained inside the black box symbolized the feebleness of life.         A. “He dropped all the paper but those...

    A Story, Chess piece, Shirley Jackson 1453  Words | 4  Pages

  • the lottery

    “The Lottery” – by Shirley Jackson Name:_____________________________ ELA 10 Questions From the context of the story, who controls the town? Explain. Mr. Summers, Mr. Graves and Mr. Martin are the leaders of the town. Because, in the story, Mr. Summers owns the village’s largest business and also the major of the town. Mr. Summers has more “time and energy to devote to civic activities.” It indicates that he has money and leisure. Mr. Graves is the government official; the...

    A Good Thing, Shirley Jackson, Short story 1877  Words | 6  Pages

  • Abstract the Lottery by Shirley Jackson

    Lateisha Davis Professor Coleman English 101 (2503) 25 July 2012 Abstract for “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson Although Shirley Jackson’s short story “The Lottery” is widely read, it has received little critical review in the decades since it was published. This analysis of the text illuminates Jackson’s intertwining of the story’s theme, point of view and language. One finds that each of these three an integral part depends on the other. One must examine...

    Fiction, Narrative mode, Narrator 2329  Words | 7  Pages

  • The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

    The Lottery by Shirley Jackson tells an intriguing, thought-provoking and disturbing story, by using conventions of symbolism, dialogue and foreshadowing. The conventions used help bring together, emphasize and create meaning for the reader, that people blindly follow traditions that have lost meaning .Jackson has cleverly used symbolism in the short story to form a multifaceted meaning that challenges the readers to broaden their thoughts in regards to the tradition. The convention of dialogue misleads...

    Fiction, Meaning of life, Shirley Jackson 890  Words | 3  Pages

  • The Lottery by Shirley Jackson: an Exposition of Conformity in Society

    Jackson's The Lottery: An Exposition of Conformity in Society 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...

    Auschwitz concentration camp, Shirley Jackson, Short story 921  Words | 3  Pages

  • Analysis of THE LOTTERY by Shirley Jackson

    The short story, "The Lottery," by Shirley Jackson is one pf the most shocking stories I have ever read. It caused controversy when it was published in a New York newspaper and for good reason. The ending is very unsettling and I would even categorize it as a horror story. The picture the story paints prepares you for the exact opposite of what actually happens, making this a confusing, yet unforgettable story. It is hard to figure out what the message is in this story. Starting from the beginning...

    A Story, Edgar Allan Poe, Fiction 810  Words | 3  Pages

  • The Lottery

    Although Shirley Jackson wrote many books, children's stories and humorous pieces, she is most remembered for her story "The Lottery." In "The Lottery" Jackson portrays the average citizens of an average village taking part in an annual sacrifice of one of their own residents. When the story was published in the New Yorker magazine in 1948, reader response was tremendous. People were horrified by the story and wrote to express their disgust that a tale containing a pointless, arbitrary, violent sacrifice...

    Sacrifice, Salem witch trials, Shirley Jackson 1560  Words | 5  Pages

  • The Lottery - Shirley Jackson

    Interpretation of Literature 4/23/2014 Topic 2 – Othering Shirley Jackson’s story, “The Lottery”, takes place on June 27th in a very small village of about only 300 people. This day is what they call the day of the lottery, hence the title. The Lottery is a tradition they have done for years, where the entire village gathers in the square, wait for their name to be called, which they then pick a small piece of paper from a black box, and patiently wait for everyone to pick their piece of paper...

    Aerosmith, Little Dot, Shirley Jackson 912  Words | 3  Pages

  • The Lottery

    7/30/13 "The Lottery" by Jackson, is a short story which talks about a tradition which comes up once a year in a little village of about 300 natives. In the lottery process, one person is selected randomly and heinously stoned to death. Tessie Hutchinson is the victim of this social disturbing practice and she protest against the culture before she is been sentenced by Mr. Summers the lottery coordinator. In the story, the readers first get a gloomy picture of a summer day but, Jackson uses this setting...

    Fiction, Irony, Shirley Jackson 1321  Words | 4  Pages

  • The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson

    Week 11: “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson 1. 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. Discuss the purpose of the exposition. The exposition's purpose could be to emphasize the fact that it's a nice morning, because the lottery is suppose to be a wonderful and pleasant day for everyone. This exposition may want to underline the fact that it's a very special day. The "blossoming"...

    Black box, Shirley Jackson, Short story 1864  Words | 6  Pages

  • The Lottery

    No matter who the people in the culture are or the era in which they live in, there has always been abusive customs that are accepted. To challenge these fired up mindsets would be going against the grain. A prime example of this is in the short story "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson. In this story, an illustration draws out the brutal and villinious stoning of an unlucky woman. At first glance, I believe this strongly clashes with our contemporary values. A much deeper evaluation of the portrayal...

    Human, Mindset, Shirley Jackson 999  Words | 3  Pages

  • The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

    named in Shirley Jackson’s short story, “The Lottery”. Mr. Summers, a kindly man who runs a coal business, Mr. Martin and his sons, Baxter and Bobby. There is Mr. Graves, the man who helped Mr. Summers prepare the lottery, and Old Man Warner. There is Mr. Hutchinson, Mrs. Hutchinson, and their daughter Eva and son-in-law, Don—just to name a few. And although Jackson’s story has many characters, she is most interested in the social phenomenon of the lottery than she is in the characters, themselves. Instead...

    A Little Bit, Full stop, Pomp and Circumstance Marches 877  Words | 3  Pages

  • The Lottery

    The lottery – critical evaluation Kathleen Bruce “The lottery” is a short story written by Shirley Jackson. In 1951 it was published in the magazine “The New Yorker”. The story is about a small village that seems normal with a positive attitude to life and everything in it but in the end Jackson portrays how humans can be evil by writing about a women who is loved by everyone in the village and has many close friends and family within the village but is stoned to death by the people in the village...

    Human, Rajm, Shirley Jackson 1075  Words | 3  Pages

  • "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson: Cruelty or 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...

    A Story, Fiction, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1787  Words | 5  Pages

  • A Literary Analysis of "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson

    Jackson's short story, "The Lottery", ironically gives the lottery a bad meaning. The lottery in this story is used for a public stoning, contrary to the first thing that comes to a reader's mind when they think of winning the lottery; a big sum of money. The reader sees both literal and metaphorical meaning of this story because for one it shows for face value what the entire story is about, and hidden behind it is the notion of the scapegoat being picked like a lottery number. The setting of the...

    Lottery, Scapegoating, Shirley Jackson 1430  Words | 4  Pages

  • The lottery

    In the short story “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson one begins to suspect something is “wrong” on page 516 when the townspeople begin to draw their slips. The tension in the air between the characters at this moment becomes much more clear and palpable. This part of the story makes the reader question what is really going on. The mood of the people changes from merriness to agitation, which makes the reader also ponder about the strange proceedings of this event. When the citizens were being called...

    Capital punishment, Fiction, Literary technique 936  Words | 3  Pages

  • Summary of The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

    I am writing my essay on “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson. There are several themes that run through this classic short story. One would be the long standing traditions. The mysterious lottery is one example. Villagers continue the lottery year after year because, as one of the villagers would say, “We have always had a lottery as far back as I can remember. I see no reason to end it.” The black box that contains each citizen’s name is another example. Another theme would be that of man’s cruelty...

    Black box, Family, Shirley Jackson 973  Words | 3  Pages

  • “the Lottery” by Shirley Jackson and “the Lottery Ticket” by Anton Chekhov

    Comparative Essay “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson and “The Lottery Ticket” by Anton Chekhov Most people today would define Lottery as the drawing of lots in which prizes are distributed to the winners among persons buying a chance, however these two stories give us a different out look on the word lottery. The stories “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson and “The Lottery Ticket” by Anton Chekhov are both extremely powerful stories that leave you thinking. People turn on other people for self...

    Anton Chekhov, English-language films, Protagonist 873  Words | 3  Pages

  • The Lottery

    distressing world of the camp and the bomb” (The Lottery 144). Shirley’s story is about a town of a few hundred residents who join every year to be a part of the lottery. It then hits two stages of the drawing and Tessie Hutchinson “wins”. Now that she won, she is stoned to death by her people. Even her own family allowed this to happen! This discourteous distress in this twist was horrifying that anyone could just kill someone because, they won the lottery. When people read Jackson’s story, the readers...

    Mind, Shirley Jackson, Short story 1066  Words | 3  Pages

  • The Irony in "The Lottery"

    The Irony in 'The Lottery' Shirley Jackson wrote the story 'The Lottery.' A lottery is typically thought of as something good because it usually involves winning something such as money or prizes. In this lottery it is not what they win but it is what is lost. Point of views, situations, and the title are all ironic to the story 'The Lottery.' The point of view in 'The Lottery' is ironic to the outcome. Jackson used third person dramatic point of view when writing 'The Lottery.' The third person...

    Comedy, Fiction, Literary technique 502  Words | 3  Pages

  • 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...

    Entertainment, Human, Morality 969  Words | 3  Pages

  • The lottery

    The Lottery Research Paper Shirley Jackson was a devoted mother and writer. Jackson didn’t fit in well in North Bennington, and the town likely served as the setting for the New England town portrayed in “The Lottery.” “The Lottery” caused outrage and controversy when it appeared in the New Yorker in 1948, but many critics now consider it to be Jackson’s most famous work. Jackson was sometimes thought to be a witch because of her interested in witchcraft and black magic. Almost all of Jackson’s...

    Shirley Jackson, Short story, The Lottery 1592  Words | 4  Pages

  • The Lottery

    Paul Fallon Professor Vladick College Writing II 27 March 2013 The Lottery Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery is a short story about a small village that has an event every year called the lottery. Jackson does not let the reader know right away about the irony of the lottery; it is not something the villagers would want to win. Jackson does not give away the consequences of the lottery until the end of the story. Jackson applies some strong literacy devices in her story. She manages to manipulate...

    English-language films, Fiction, Shirley Jackson 1041  Words | 3  Pages

  • Lottery

    Death at a Lottery “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson opens with the descriptions of how the day was beginning and the describing the ordinary villagers and the pleasant and hot weather. The title itself gives the reader the general subject matter about the story. The reader automatically with the help of the title and the introduction of “The Lottery” provides them the thought this would be a pleasant story with a happily ever after, but the contrary it was anything but. The atmosphere of the...

    Dexter, Lottery, Shirley Jackson 859  Words | 3  Pages

  • The Lottery

    Literary Analysis Essay: The Lottery “The Lottery,” written by Shirley Jackson, is a short story about a strange annual ritual that takes place in a small village in New England. At the beginning of the story the day is described as “clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a full-summer day; the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green.” This pleasant sensory description leads one to believe that this will be a day of happiness. Every year on June 27th all the villagers...

    Capital punishment, Rajm, Shirley Jackson 1085  Words | 3  Pages

  • Analysis of The Lottery

    Relevance between “The Lottery” and the then Society People, past and present, have potentially selfishness and madness. When someone gets in trouble unfairly, people could protest against unfairness or could obey the unfairness. “The Lottery,” is a short story written by Shirley Jackson in 1948, shows dark sides hidden in people’s minds. This story was influenced after the World War Ⅱ, so people’s brutality from the war is reflected to this story. In this story, there is an annual lottery that the result...

    Black, Black box, Shirley Jackson 910  Words | 4  Pages

  • The Lottery

    Artistic Text Written and published in 1948, “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson is today ranked as “one of the most famous short stories in the history of American Literature” according to author Laurie Harris. This short story focuses on a village that every year has a lottery to determine which of the towns’ people will be sacrificed in order to guarantee a good harvest for the coming year. The readers are deceptively led to believe that the lottery is a normal, casual event when in actuality it is...

    Fiction, Religion, Shirley Jackson 1666  Words | 4  Pages

  • Biblical Argument Against Abortions

    LaToya Howard Philosophy of Values and Ethics February 2, 2013 Rational Argument Against Abortions Biblical Argument Against Abortions In this paper, I will discuss arguments against abortions. The first sets of arguments I will discuss are biblical arguments. That being said, I must begin by acknowledging that the Bible doesn’t say anything about abortion directly. Abortion was so unthinkable to an Israelite woman that there was no need to even mention it in the criminal code. Why was...

    Abortion, Fertility, Fetus 1519  Words | 4  Pages

  • The Lottery

    “The Lottery” – A Feminist Perspective Shirley Jackson’s short story, “The Lottery” details the obvious gender roles in the small village where it takes place and also represents those that are often present in our own society. Women are often seen as inferior to men in societal groups. In “The Lottery”, this is represented by the absence of any dominant female character in the story. Gender roles are evident among the villagers; even the children are guided by these social norms. Jackson illustrates...

    Gender, Gender role, Patriarchy 835  Words | 3  Pages

  • The Lottery

    Lisa Marie Shade Prof. Dunn ENG 102-110 August 9, 2012 The Plot Thickens- In Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”. A good harvest has always been vital to civilizations. After the fields have been prepared and the seeds sown, the farmer can only wait and hope that the proper balance of rain and sun will ensure a good harvest. From this hope springs ritual. Many ancient cultures believed that growing crops represented the life cycle, beginning with what one associates with the end--death. Seeds buried...

    Ritual, Shirley Jackson, Short story 1775  Words | 5  Pages

  • Feminism in Shirley Jackson’s “the Lottery”

    Jackson’s “The Lottery” Modern criticism of Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery has focused almost exclusively on the issues of feminism and gender roles yet some recent reviews tend to classify the writing as feminist literature. They claim the story highlights the negative aspects of patriarchal societies through the telling of the lottery ritual. However many overlook the roles that the women play throughout this story. The purpose of this paper is to examine how Shirley Jackson uses feminism throughout...

    Gender, Gender role, Patriarchy 2540  Words | 7  Pages

  • The Lottery

    1102 14 February 2013 Mindless Tradition “The Lottery” (1948) by Shirley Jackson has provoked controversy and condemnation since its release. The short story takes place in a village where tradition is vital. The lottery is an annual event in which one individual is chosen by random to be viciously stoned by family and friends. All town members practice the ritual. The short story portrays how human nature engages in behaviors mindlessly. “The lottery was conducted—as were the square dances, the...

    Meaning of life, Religion, Ritual 889  Words | 3  Pages

  • The Lottery

    Personal Essay – The Lottery It is an untold truth that each person would experience certain agony and pain exuded from the relationships one withholds. Though, to a certain extent, such afflictions are influenced by how one is taught as they struggle through the difficult puzzle of life. Unless one is taught to contain the virtues of kindness or compassion, it is likely for the person to be corrupt and inconsiderate. The earlier values are instilled into a person, the greater the chance those values...

    Daniel Keyes, Family, Flowers for Algernon 2431  Words | 7  Pages

  • The Lottery

    “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson In “The Hunger Games,” the district really never has a say so on that is selected, but yet everyone gathers to watch. Similarly in “The Lottery” villagers gather to select a ticket to find one villager to be stoned to death. In “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, the events of the narrative seem to suggest that traditions are a normal part of society. However a close look at the use of irony and foreshadowing demonstrate the lack of normalcy in the community. The tension...

    Stoning, The Lottery 1165  Words | 3  Pages

  • The ‘Hole’ Argument Against Substantivalism

    The ‘Hole’ Argument Against Substantivalism The ‘hole’ argument against substantivalism is a great argument created by Albert Einstein out of desperation when his general theory of relativity ran into obstacles. The ‘hole’ argument says that if the general theory of relativity is true and substantivalism is true, then for any model of the general theory of relativity representing a physically possible universe, there is a hole diffeomorphism of that model which represents a physically possible...

    Cosmology, General relativity, Multiverse 960  Words | 3  Pages

  • The Lottery

    English 102 September10, 2012 The Lottery “The Lottery” written by Shirley Jackson, focuses around an unnamed village on a particular day in the mid summer on June the twenty seventh the time the annual lottery usually took place. The main purpose the lottery served was to make the happening of enough rain in order to have good corn crops the following month after the ritual. In a way the story evolves around the misguided belief that when the villagers sacrificed one of their own to what may...

    Criticism, Fiction, Literary criticism 828  Words | 3  Pages

  • The Lottery

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  • The Lottery

    The Lottery A healthy harvest has always been important to civilizations. Once field preparation is done, the farmer can only wait and hope that the correct balance of rain and sun will ensure a good harvest. Many ancient cultures believed that growing crops represented the life cycle; hence they believed ritual sacrifice was needed to guarantee a good crop. In this short story "The Lottery," Shirley Jackson uses this archetype to showcase man's inherent need for such ritual. The story is set...

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  • Lottery Tradition

    Lottery - Tradition Tradition is endemic to small towns, a way to link families and generations. Jackson, however, pokes holes in the reverence that people have for tradition. She writes that the villagers don’t really know much about the lottery’s origin but try to preserve the tradition nevertheless. The villagers’ blind acceptance of the lottery has allowed ritual murder to become part of their town fabric. As they have demonstrated, they feel powerless to change—or even try to change—anything...

    Black box, Dark Shadows, Lotteries 1180  Words | 2  Pages

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