Point Of Views In Shirley Jackson's The Lottery And Bella

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Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” and the film Bella tell very different stories, yet they both create a moving storyline for their audiences. “The Lottery” presents an entertaining story with a jolting twist while Bella reveals life-changing situations. Extensively elaborating on the literary elements setting, point of view, and symbolism both the short story and the film convey profound details that enhance the overall meaning of the story being told. The settings in “The Lottery” and Bella play a crucial factor to the author’s/director’s purpose. To start with, the actual lottery takes place in a relatively small village. Because there are not many details on where this village is located, Jackson creates a sense of universality. Universality …show more content…
Although it is told in a third person point view, the narrator is extremely detached from the story. Jackson purposely created the narrator to be dissociated most likely to add to the overall effect of the story. If the story would’ve been told in the perspective of any of the villagers, the reader would’ve been exposed to the emotions of that character, resulting in a much less shocking ending. In Bella, the viewers are exposed to several different points of views. One of the point of views seen is Jose’s. Jose, one of the main characters in the movie, opens up and talks about the haunting guilt that he has lived with. Viewers see how this affects his thoughts and actions throughout the movie. In the same fashion, as Nina also reveals her burdens and hardships. Viewers can see how the characters’ past experiences influence their perspective on things. Take for example abortion. Jose, being raised in a happy and healthy family sees abortion as a sinful and horrid act. Additionally, after taking away the life of an innocent little girl, he couldn 't even imagine the regret of taking away another life of a defenseless child. On the other hand, Nina basically grows up by herself. Once her father passed away, her mother shooed her away, causing Nina to raise herself. This could have affected her first perspective on abortion. Nina did not want the baby to go through what she went, yet throughout the film, …show more content…
“The Lottery” presents an entertaining story with a jolting twist while Bella reveals life-changing situations. Extensively elaborating on the literary elements setting, point of view, and symbolism both the short story and the film convey profound details that enhance the overall meaning of the story being

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