• The Lottery 3 Pieces Of Paper
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    'The Lottery,' ; written by Shirley Jackson is a story that takes place in a small town of approximately three hundred residents. Every year on June 27 th the townspeople congregate in a giant mass in the middle of town, where the 'lottery'; takes place. This lottery is a ceremony in which each family throughout the town is represented by a tiny white piece of paper. The family representatives, who are the heads of the household, take turns drawing from a box that contains these three hundred pi...
  • The Role Of Tradition In The Lottery
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    The Role of Tradition in "The Lottery" Throughout time, tradition has played a key role in all culture's lives. They shape the way a culture lives and interacts with the world around them. Traditions bring one another together and it is a time to enjoy each other's presence. Traditions are carried out because that is what has been done in times passed and that is what people view as the right thing to do. Traditions have been passed down from generation, to generation, to generation. It is this ...
  • The Lottery Christmas And Easter
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    The Lottery" and Religious Tradition While "The Lottery" is a fictitious story it can be argued that it mirrors the attitude of American culture in how it addresses religious tradition in its major holidays and celebrations. Two of the biggest holidays in the United States are Christmas and Easter. Both of which are derived from Christian beliefs. Even though "The Lottery" is apparently a pagan ritual, violent and horrific, it is appropriate, only by the fact that the participants no longer reme...
  • Establishment Of Texas Lottery
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    House Bill 54, created a lottery in Texas, which was signed by the Governor in a special session of the 72 nd Legislature. The lottery Act required voter approval before taking effect. (2) The Texas Lottery Commission was created in 1993 (House Bill 1587, 73 rd Texas Legislature, Regular Session). Its primary purpose is to administer the Texas lottery, which had been authorized by a constitutional amendment approved by the voters in November 1991, and which had been administered by the Office of...
  • Explication Of Theme In Shirley Jacksons The Lottery
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    In Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery," the theme of the story is dramatically illustrated by Jackson's unique tone. Once a year the villagers gather together in the central square for the lottery. The villagers await the arrival of Mr. Summers and the black box. Within the black box are folded slips of paper, one piece having a black dot on it. All the villagers then draw a piece of paper out of the box. Whoever gets the paper with the black dot wins. Tessie Hutchinson wins the lottery! Everyone t...
  • Do Lotteries Benefit The Poor
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    Do Lotteries Benefit the Poor? Lotteries take advantage of the poor in several ways. The lottery entices the poor to waste their money on lottery tickets, rather than everyday necessities, such as food, clothing and shelter. The main way that lottery promoters succeed in attracting the poor is through the persuasive use of advertisements. Other members of anti-lottery groups believe lottery advertisements are deceitful and attract poor people to its promises. Flashy slogans and pictures of large...
  • The Lottery Division Of Labor
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    Essay # 1: Sociological Theory "The Lottery" is a short story by Shirley Jackson that was published in 1948 and gave a good example of the definition of the term sociological theory. This theory is a set of ideas on how people behave and how institutions operate. The analysis of this short story and the of the work of Emile Durkheim shows the relationship of the two in the field of Sociology. There are many well defined intertwining theories that Durkheim gave to society that are also included i...
  • Irony In The Lottery
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    Irony in "The Lottery" In Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" irony is an underlying theme used throughout the story. The setting is introduced as a "clear and sunny" day, but ends with the brutal death of a housewife (715). The two people who essentially run the town, Mr. Graves and Mr. Summers, also have ironic names. In addition, the characters and the narrator make ironic statements throughout the story. The plot as a whole in "The Lottery" is filled with ironic twists. The whole idea of a lott...
  • Man Warner Lottery People Won
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    When I read the short story, 'The Lottery' all could think of was it was not what I expected a lottery to be. The story from the beginning is weird because these people are not excited and when Old Man Warner says that it is foolish ed to end the lottery and that it should be kept because it brings good luck. I thought whatever you are winning in a lottery must be good. When it was time to go forth and get the paper people were scared and quiet and were told not to look at who won. No one was ex...
  • Van Der Vyver Lottery Traditions People
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    Traditions in 'A Moment BEfore the Gun Went Off' and 'The Lottery' In the stories 'A Moment before The Gun Went Off' and 'The Lottery,' there is the situation in which a group of people cling to traditions very blindly. In both stories the traditions are so dug into the people's way of life that questioning them is considered sacrilege within these communities. Furthermore, the members of the community no longer even remember why the traditions were set up in the fist place. They follow the trad...
  • Symbolism In The Lottery
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    Shirley Jackson's, 'The Lottery'; , clearly expresses her feelings concerning traditional rituals through her story. It opens the eyes of readers to properly classify and question some of today's traditions as cruel, and allows room to foretell the outcome of these unusual traditions. 'The Lottery'; is a short story that records the annual sacrifice ceremony of a fictional small town. It is a detailed narrative of the selection of the person to be sacrificed, a process known to the townspeople a...
  • The Lottery Man Warner
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    In the days of Jesus through the mid 1900's, people had many different superstitions, or beliefs, about life. People believed if they were to do certain things, they would have good luck. Like Indians used to do a dance, called the "Indian rain dance", when they wanted it to rain so it would help their crops or even their heritage. It was a dance people still believe in today, but those people don't know that the reason they said it worked was because the Indians didn't quit dancing until it rai...
  • Gambling For Education Passing The Bill
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    GAMBLING FOR EDUCATION" You cannot ignore the fact that there will be divorce problems, domestic abuse problems, homelessness and addiction problems if you pass this bill " (Williams). Senator J. T. "Jab o" Waggoner, of Alabama, made this statement opposing the lottery bill. At first glance, this would put fear in the predominantly protestant state of Alabama, which is in the heart of the Bible Belt, as well as surrounding states that are trying to obtain a lottery. However, these problems are p...
  • State Lotteries North Carolina
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    State Lotteries: Take a Second Look From the time the Europeans first landed on the Atlantic shore, lotteries have been a part of the American society. According to Will Spink, most states are currently operating a state lottery despite its bleak history in the U. S. (Spink 1). Since 1983, North Carolina has introduced lottery bills in the legislature every year (NC Christian 15). North Carolina Governor, Mike Easley, favors a lottery for increasing revenues for education (Analysis 2). However ...
  • The Lottery As An Allegory
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    Jackson's 'The Lottery " as an Allegory Shirley Jackson's 'The Lottery' is an excellent example of an allegorical short story. In this story, the reader learns of a town's 'lottery' that takes place once a year, every year. It has been a tradition in this small rural town for many years and the villagers never question these activities, they just blindly go along with it. But what the reader doesn't know is just what kind of prize the winner is going to obtain. Jackson's use of symbolism is show...
  • A Criticism Of Brooks And Warren
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    Due to the lack of conflict and decision in The Lottery many readers will find the plot uninteresting, but at the same time the story is influential for each of its readers. Cleanth Brooks and Robert Penn Warren, prominent figures for the school of New Criticism, compare The Lottery to a fable and a parable because of its lack of characterization and broad pattern (250). The author tries to portray The Lottery as just a fiction piece even though the resemblance of the story being a fable or a pa...
  • Shirley Jackson's The Lottery
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    " 'It isn't fair, it isn't right,' Mrs. Hutchinson screamed, and then they were upon her." (About Jackson 2) When a writer composes a short story, some may have a meaning and others may not. With the ones that have a purpose, it is usually a very profound, easily understood meaning that is developed within them. The quote is taken from Shirley Jackson's, The Lottery, which is one short story the has a very difficult meaning to be understood. From this one quote alone, a person...
  • The Lottery Religious Traditions
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    Religous Symbolism in "The Lottery" In "The Lottery," Shirley Jackson reveals one of the most basic facets of humanity, the need for a scapegoat. Mrs. Hutchinson, having been designated the recipient of the lottery, becomes the scapegoat for the village. The tradition of the lottery is analogous to religious traditions because it is passed on at an early age, people rarely openly question it, and it focuses on a scapegoat. Religious traditions are passed on to children at an early age, just as t...
  • The Use Of Setting In The Lottery
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    Authors often use the setting to foreshadow and reinforce the theme of their story. Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" is no exception. Jackson uses the setting, character names, and the description of the lottery's black box to strengthen her focus on a view of traditions. The initial setting of "The Lottery" could be thought as misleading. However, Jackson's intention is to establish the story's setting in a regular town on a summer day. Rather than describing the day as gloomy to alert the read...
  • Alabama Lottery States State Gambling
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    The Alabama Lottery The Alabama Lottery is a much-debated issue. The lottery is a proven historical income producing system. While we do not entertain a state lottery, our Alabama money flows to those states embracing one. Most states enjoying a lottery system fuel their educational programs from revenue created by their lottery. Alabama cannot afford to upgrade their current educational system, although rated among the worst in the nation. Many refute adoption of a state lottery because it is g...