Shirley Jackson 's Short Stories, The Lottery, And The Possibility Of Evil

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Shirley Jackson’s short stories “The Lottery” and “The Possibility of Evil” explore bad memories and relationships Shirley had from childhood until late adulthood. Shirley grew up with her mother and father in the city of Burlingame, California. Shirley’s parents maintained an upper middle class status. Her mother put a lot of pressure on Shirley to fit in but Shirley would rather just read a book then hangout with other friends. Shirley enjoyed living in California and was very upset when her family moved to Rochester when she was 17. Shirley attended the University of Rochester for one year before dropping out due to depression and other psychological problems. When she dropped out she took a two year hiatus where she taught herself how to better write and forced herself to write 1000 words a day. After that she decided to enroll in Syracuse, where she met her future husband Stanley Edgar Hyman. In the 1960’s Shirley’s husband was caught having an affair with another woman; this really impacted the rest of Shirley’s life. She became very depressed, overweight, and a chainsmoker which all helped lead to her early death at the age of 48 due to heart failure. Shirley Jackson’s depression and anxiety issues, struggle to feel liked by her mother, and her husband’s affair all helped to influence the short stories “The Lottery” and “The Possibility of Evil”. Shirley Jackson relates her negative view on a patriarchal society and sexism in “The Lottery”. On page 295 through 296…

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