Figurative Language In The Lottery, By Shirley Jackson

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“The Lottery” is a short story written by Shirley Jackson. This story takes place in a small town on a clear sunny day on the 27th day of June. The children of the town arrive first and begin collecting stones and piling them together until their parents call them to order. Mr. Summers calls each head of the household to come forward to a black old wooden box, where each select a slip of paper. Once the men of the house have chosen a paper slip, Mr. Summers allows everyone to open the paper and see who's been selected. The lucky persons selected was Bill Hutchinson. His wife immediately starts protesting by saying “You didn’t give him time enough to take any paper he wanted I saws you. It wasn’t fair!”(Jackson 185). In “The Lottery”, Shirley …show more content…
Important to realize, the author also communicates with the reader that life's not out of ordinary by telling them “The children assembled first, of course. School was recently over for the summer, and the feeling of liberty sat uneasily on most of them; they tended to gather together quietly for a while before they broke into boisterous play.” In conclusion, Shirley Jackson uses of figurative language makes the reader part of the story. It makes for an effective short …show more content…
For example, the author begins in line 185 when the author says, “ You didn’t give him time enough to take any paper he wanted I saw you. It wasn’t fair!”. In other words, why would Tessie Hutchinson argue about winning the lottery if in our modern time it’s considered a blessing winning the lottery. As a matter of fact, even her so called soulmate told her to be quiet during her last breath she took on earth. Due to this action, the story twists from being a regular story to an unexpected crime case leaving the reader thinking how the short story change drastically in a short amount of time. Another example of this device in action is on line 5th line to the last were Tessie Hutchinson is located in the center of a clear space,and as she holds her hands out desperately as the villagers move into her with stones. Her reaction was a yell that said, “It isn’t fair”. Due to her screaming and the lottery a stone hits her on the side of her head. From this sentence of the story’ “ The Lottery” the reader can feel the desperation of the character Tessie and how she felt during that

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