Argumentative Essay On The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

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“The Lottery” is a short story written by Shirley Jackson that made its way to the people through the magazine “The New York Times” on June 26, 1948. To this very day it is known as one of the most controversial short stories ever written, it was so controversial in fact that those who read the tale were so furious that a number of people cancelled their subscriptions to the magazine, and some even took it upon themselves to send hate mail to both the author and the publisher of the story all throughout the summer. For a period of time the story was even completely banned in certain schools throughout the united states and has been banned in the union of South Africa (Oppenheimer, Judy, 1988) since it was believed that people do not “want their children to read a book that shows kids stoning their mothers to death” (Elizabeth Peter, 1977) When asked for an explanation as to why the story was written and as to what she meant by it, Shirley Jackson stated “Explaining just what I had hoped the story to say is very difficult.

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