Shirley Jackson 's The Lottery Essay

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Shirley Jackson’s short story, “The Lottery,” is full of suspense and disheartening reality. The story initiates in a growing village which holds an annual lottery, but rather being rewarded the person who receives the marked paper of the drawing gets stoned to death. In “The Lottery,” Jackson reveals that traditions, which have lost their designation can cause orderly people to act aberrant without being consciously aware of their actions. Shirley Jackson’s short story begins with the establishment of the setting. She uses the setting efficiently to divert the reader from what was genuinely transpiring in the town during the Lottery. Jackson uses foreshadow help establish the reader to expect positive things from the lottery. However, the depiction of the setting foreshadows exactly diametrical to what the reader anticipates. The author develops this through a description of the physical setting, a general description of the residents, and ingenious indications throughout the story. The story begins with the formation of the setting, by telling the reader what time of day and year the story takes place. “The morning of June 27th was clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a full-summer day; the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green” (624).
This is important, so the attention will be focused on what an ordinary day appears to be in the town. Shirley Jackson furthermore seems to stress on the attractiveness of the day and the brilliance of…

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