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  • 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

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  • Irony in "The Lottery"

    Irony in “The LotteryIrony‚ 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

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  • Irony in"the Lottery"

    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

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  • Irony In 'The Lottery'

    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

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  • Situational Irony In The Lottery

    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

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  • The Irony of the Story ‘the Lottery’

    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

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  • The Lottery - Irony and Imagery

    The Lottery 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

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  • Irony and Symbolism in "The Lottery"

    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

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  • Irony In Shirley Jackson's The Lottery

    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 something

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  • 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

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