Topics: Irony, The Lottery, Stoning Pages: 2 (649 words) Published: September 30, 2013
Irony, usually the most important kind for the fiction writer, the discrepancy is between appearance and reality, or between expectation and fulfillment,or between what is and what seems appropriate. Irony is the main element used in the three stories “The Lottery” “The Most Dangerous Game” and “The Rocking Horse Winner”. In each of these stories irony symbolizes a dark side, that’s reveled throughout the story

The Lottery is a great example of irony
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. (pg.193) The lottery’s story is being described as sunny, warm, and a nice day. Positive words are being used but little do the readers know it’s a dark story. The whole idea of a lottery is to win something, and the reader is led to believe that the winner will receive some prize, when in actuality they will be stoned to death by the rest of the villagers. From start to end in the lottery it’s ironic. Mr. Summers is the head of the lottery and summer is a happy season, when he decides who gets stoned to death. The Hutchinson family receives the black dotted paper. I tell you it wasn’t fair. You didn’t give him enough time to choose. Everybody saw that. (Pg.199) Tessie refused for her family to be chosen. Tessie's being uncooperative & very loud. She didn’t want any of her family to be stoned to death, and she ends up being stoned to death. Old Man Warner starts to talk about how it was crazy how some people have already quit the lottery and that next thing you'll know people will want to go back to living in caves and no body's going to want to work anymore.This is ironic because he is the one who is stuck on old traditions and staying with the lottery while the other ones are trying to move past it.

"The Most Dangerous Game" has several elements of irony in the story. Rainsford being the hunter ended up being the hunted, when General Zarroff...
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