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The Lottery

“The Lottery” is a dynamic short story with several motifs and ideas such as the power behind tradition and family. However, more importantly, it has a strong over arching theme that captures the dynamic nature of the short story: outer appearances can be deceiving. This reoccurring theme is illustrated by the idea of the lottery, and the nature of humanity as depicted in the story: weak and evil. The theme, outer appearances can be deceiving, is depicted by the short story’s concept of a lottery...

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07 December 2009 Shirley Jackson’s “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...

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Theme in “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson is a story of an anticipated yearly event where the all the citizens of a small town gather together to participate in. The author gives the impression through the light-hearted dialogue among the characters the lottery leads to an event bringing its winner good fortune. As the fortune of the one chosen by the lottery drawing is revealed, it also shows a potential problem of the human character. “The Lottery” reveals when...

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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...

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“The Lottery” would pose as a lens into human society. Analyzing the short story would allow the martians to make inferences about the human person, human community life, and human traditions. When reading this story, the martians will have an insight on the human person such as the spectra of human emotion and their attire. The Lottery addresses different parts of the human emotion including happiness, humor, loyalty, disloyalty, nervousness, and fear. The beginning of the story starts off in...

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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...

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When one thinks of a lottery, they imagine winning a large sum of money. Shirley Jackson uses the setting in The Lottery to foreshadow an ironic ending. The peaceful and tranquil town described in this story has an annual lottery, and you can't possibly guess what the "prize" is… The author foreshadows an ironic ending at the very beginning by establishing a cheerful setting. The story occurs "around ten o'clock" on June twenty-seventh, a time of day that is very bright and joyous and a time...

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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...

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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...

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Monique Lewis Ashcraft English 102 Feb. 25, 2013 The Lottery Following it's publication in the New Yorker in 1948, Shirley Jackson's "the lottery" aroused much controversy, leading to that issue of the new Yorker quickly being sold out. Through the use of comedy and irony, Jackson demonstrates the "pointless violence and general inhumanity in [readers] own lives" The lottery takes place in a small close knit town where tradition is taken quite seriously. Each year an event is held in which...

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