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  • Their Performing The Ritual Of The Lottery
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    "The Lottery"The Lottery" was quite disturbing to read. It is an very unusual story that has an ending that will have you baffled. You will want to reread certain parts to see if there is anything thing that you could have missed. The title of the short story is also misleading. In most cases the lottery is a good thing. People don't win punishment and lotteries don't hurt them. But in this story it does just that. The author did a great job of telling how anyone and everyone can follow traditio...
  • Lottery By Shirley Jackson
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    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, one is set up for an unusual ending. Shirley Jackson uses the element of surprise. The way of the story ends is unlike anyone could predict. The main object of The Lottery is the action of the lott...
  • Lottery And Mr Summers
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    When "The Lottery" was first published in 1948, it created an enormous controversy and great interest in its author, Shirley Jackson. Shirley Jackson was born in San Francisco, California on December 14, 1919. When she was two years old, her family moved her to Burlingame, California, where Jackson attended high school. After high school Jackson moved away to attend college at Rochester University in upstate New York but after only a short time at Rochester and, after taking off a year from scho...
  • Ill Fated Winner Of The Lottery
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    The Lottery' by Shirley Jackson, and 'The Story of the Hour' by Kate Chopin, both have similarities and differences when it comes to the elements of literature. Particularly, when the authors use foreshadowing to manipulate the moods of the stories and add irony to cleverly deceive the reader. Both of these stories possess similarities and differences when it comes to their components of the story, specifically the authors' usage of elements of mood and the tone of irony. In Shirley Jackson's "T...
  • Ironic Statements Throughout The Story
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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 lotte...
  • Tradition Of The Lottery
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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...
  • Tradition Of The Lottery
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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...
  • Lottery Box
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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...
  • Minority Value And Daru By Arabs
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    Two great works known for irony, in one a great author, Albert Camus, creates a masterpiece and in the other, a masterpiece creates a great author, Shirley Jackson. Camus had been known to the world and his works had been studied even without the presence of "l'home" or known as The Guest, but Shirley Jackson was a nobody till she wrote The Lottery and stunned the world. Both works are studied as pieces of irony but I believe both to be great works in other, with a twist of irony in the conclusi...
  • Lottery Of Death
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    Symbolism on 'The Yellow Letter' by Shirley Jackson Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" is a chilling tale of a harsh ritualistic gathering conducted by people of a small village. The word lottery would typically remind someone of a drawing to win a cash prize. A better comparison to the story would be the lottery used to select troops for the Vietnam War; a lottery of death. Another would be the human sacrifices the Aztecs willingly made long ago. The story opens by embracing the reader with a rela...
  • Sacrifice In The Lottery
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    Comparison and Contrast of The Lottery and The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas The differences between 'The Lottery' by Shirley Jackson and 'The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas' by Ursula K. Le Guin seem relatively minor when compared to the striking similarities they contain in setting, symbols, and theme. Each of the stories begin with a description of a beautiful summer day. ' The flowers were blooming profusely and the grass was richly green' (para 1) in " The Lottery' is quite comparable to '...
  • Tessie Hutchinson
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    A. 1) The tone, mood or atmosphere in the story begins with that of happiness and euphoria, by setting us up with a wonderful day that most everyone would enjoy. (Quote: "The morning of June 27th was clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a full-summer day... ". [pg 147]) However, later on in the story, it takes a different tone, and by the very end the tone is that of panic, disdain and fear. (Quote: " 'It isn't fair, it isn't right,' Mrs. Hutchinson screamed, and then they were upon her". [...
  • Tradition Of The Lottery
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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...
  • Lottery And The Totems
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    In many literary works, history is a core theme. Such is the case in Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" and Thomas King's "Totem". Both stories' themes stress the importance of being critical of history. Each story, however, takes a different approach on the treatment of this theme. "The Lottery" suggests one should question history and tradition, and perhaps it is time to move on or change. In "Totem", the importance of remembering one's heritage and past is the intended message and theme. More sp...
  • Ironic To The Ending Of The Story
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    Shirley Jackson published the short story, "The Lottery", on June 28th 1948. Irony is present throughout the entire story, from the title to the last sentence. Irony is the contrast between what is expected or what appears to be and what actually is. The characters, situation, title, point of view, and the setting of "The Lottery", all make it ironic. From the very beginning of this story, it is obvious that irony will play a big role throughout the story. The title of this story states obvious ...
  • Every Year After The Lottery
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    Analyzing Theme: ? The Lottery? By Shirley Jackson Analyzing Theme: ? The Lottery? The Lottery? by Shirley Jackson Americans day after day live much of their lives following time-honored traditions that are passed down from one generation to another. From simple everyday cooking and raising children, to holidays and other family rituals, tradition plays a significant role on how they go by there everyday lives. In Shirley Jackson's short story, ? The Lottery, ? the citizens of a small farming to...

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