Analysis Of Shirley Jackson 's ' The Lottery ' Essay

758 Words Nov 8th, 2015 4 Pages
Every great story needs a great setting in which to take place. The setting of the story is just as important as the characters and theme. Vividly portraying the setting will develop the reader’s imagination. Creating a great setting will allow the readers imagination to feel as if he or she were actually present in the story. A setting of a story must be colorful, descriptive and inquisitive.
Shirley Jackson did a tremendous job of creating such a setting in the story “The Lottery.” The setting of the village is that of what a reader might see in an old British film
Starting the story as if the reader was already present within the village, Shirley Jackson began to play with the readers imaginations. For example the author gave a vibrant description of the weather and time of year. “The morning of June 27th was clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a full summer day; the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green.” (Page 260) The author also goes on to describe the appearance of the villagers. “Soon the men began to gather, surveying their own children, speaking of planting and rain, tractors and taxes.” “The women, wearing faded house dresses and sweaters came shortly after their menfolk.” (Page 260) The author simply gives the reader an impression of a yearly town event. Shirley Jackson also paints another vivid picture of the town’s yearly lottery. The setting of the lottery was like that of any other typical lottery. However, the…

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