The story titled The Lottery written by Shirley Jackson is an interesting story with an unpredictable ending. The story tells us about a tradition in a small town which is held every year. The tradition is called ‘the lottery’ where the ‘winner’ will be stoned to death. Actually it is a horrible tradition, but in the story it is considered usual, and even acceptable in the society. There are several irony that we can see in the story according to that ‘scapegoat’ tradition. One of the irony is the atmosphere in the town when the lottery is held. The author describes the situation that is “…clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a full summer day, the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green.” (Page 357). That kind of situation is contradictory with the fact that there is someone will be put to death by the town’s people that day. The atmosphere should be sad or gloomy. Moreover, the person who will be put to death could be one of their families. Another irony is seen in the way the people behave. “…, and the other boys soon followed his example, selecting the smoothest and roundest stones;…” “They greeted one another and exchanged bits of gossip as they went to join their husband” (Page 358). Those two sentences in the story show fun and happy condition, although they actually know what they are going to do next (which is killing somebody). We can see another irony in the sentence one of the characters say, “Seems like there’s no time at all between lotteries any more. Seems like we got through with the last one only last week” (Page 361). The sentence shows that the people are excited with the tradition so they always look forward to it. And it also show that the people in that town are immoral and do not have the feeling of humanity. Another irony is shown in the sentence “Nancy and Bill, Jr. opened theirs at the same time, and both beamed and laughed, turning around to the crowd and holding their slips of paper above their
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….
Irony in “The Lottery”
Irony, generally described as expressing something different from or opposite to a literal meaning, is used as an underlying theme in Shirley Jackson’s short story, The Lottery. As an age-old tradition, the lottery is one in which a single person in the town is randomly chosen, by a drawing, to be violently stoned by friends and family. The main example of irony throughout the story resides within the fact that the word lottery suggests that the winning villager is going….
Irony in “The Lottery”
Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” offers an almost classic study of irony of situation: the reader expects a celebration; she gets a stoning. Such a reversal is the work of careful planning by the author. The reader expects the lottery to be a celebration of some sort because Jackson describes the setting, details the activities of the townspeople, and refers to the lottery itself in terms that belie the outcome of the event.
First, Jackson establishes a setting which suggests….
The title, “The Lottery” is ironic for this story because during a lottery a person usually wins a prize. Wining a lottery is normally considered positive. When someone wins a lottery, that person is thrilled and extremely happy. Although in the story wining the lottery is not a positive thing because the person that wins the lottery would face a painful death. The only thing that the winner of the lottery would get is pain and grief, as the villagers would hit her with stones. The description in….
great suspense and irony that Shirley Jackson tells the story of a lottery in a small town. The result of the lottery is also left open to be interpreted by the reader. All this could not be done without the use of the third person objective point of view in which the story ,“The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, is told.
Shirley Jackson uses situational irony as well as verbal irony to keep the readers on their toes and especially to keep the ending a surprise. Achieving this irony would be very difficult….
When you hear 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 the reader is set up for an unusual ending.
Shirley Jackson uses a great deal of imagery to set the mood of the story. At first glance the reader gets a visual picture of a pristine, tranquil….
In Shirley Jackson's short story "The Lottery", she uses many literary devices. However the most prevalent are irony and symbolism. Jackson uses irony and symbolism to illustrate the underlying darker theme not evident in the beginning of the short story. The use of irony is in almost every paragraph. Even the title of the story is ironic because it represents something positive but in the end the reader finds the true meaning of the title to be negative. "Part of the horrific effect of Jackson's….
1. Were you surprised by the ending of the story? If not, at what point did you know what was going to happen? How does Jackson start to foreshadow the ending in paragraphs 2 and 3? Conversely, how does Jackson lull us into thinking that this is just an ordinary story with an ordinary town?
A: No, I wasn’t because it’s a lottery. I wouldn’t be surprised on what happens in a lottery. That there was going to be very immature acting in the story. That there was going to be some hints of some cheating….
The story “The Lottery”, is famous because it is an unexpected macabre ironic story written by Shirley Jackson, who suffered from mental and physical illness. The lottery is famous activity of the town. Like a normal lottery, the community gets together and participate once a year. Although it sounds nice, the winner of that lottery is murdered. With the use of irony, Jackson gives a fine and happy story, a horrific twisted end.
Irony begins before we begin to read, because we associate lottery with….
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….