Imagery And Symbolism In The Lottery, By Shirley Jackson

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In the short story, “The Lottery”, Shirley Jackson uses imagery and symbolism to show that evil can be present in the most innocent environment, resulting in society being tainted with dark illusion.

Superstitious tradition symbolized an important role to the people in this village. Mr. Summers a man that was in charge of the majority of the events in the town, always spoke about making a new black box but never did. (134) The people of the village would rather keep the same box rather than upsetting tradition with something new. As the people in the village were waiting for The Lottery to start they started talking how the people in the North village were talking about giving up The Lottery and Old Man Warner shows how loyal he is to this
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In the short story, “The Lottery”, Shirley Jackson uses imagery and symbolism to show that evil can be present in the most innocent environment, resulting in society being tainted with dark illusion.

Superstitious tradition symbolized an important role to the people in this village. Mr. Summers a man that was in charge of the majority of the events in the town, always spoke about making a new black box but never did. (134) The people of the village would rather keep the same box rather than upsetting tradition with something new. As the people in the village were waiting for The Lottery to start they started talking how the people in the North village were talking about giving up The Lottery and Old Man Warner shows how loyal he is to this tradition by calling them a pack of crazy fools. (136) Then he states how it's his seventy-seventh time participating in The Lottery.(136) Following tradition played a huge role on the people of this
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Even when Tessie Hutchinson was yelling it isn't fair repeatedly the villagers just moved closer, preparing to throw their stones.(138) Mr. Summers even says “Lets finish quickly” so they can finish throughout their day.(138) After stoning Tessie Hutchinson the villagers continued out their day as of if they didn't all just kill someone. Even though this village looks like a normal little village The Lottery makes it an evil

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