Symbolic Meanings Of The Lottery By Shirley Jackson Essay

761 Words Sep 28th, 2015 4 Pages
The Symbolic Meanings of “The Lottery” Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” is a lot like real life, but in a messed of point of view. The story is about an annual lottery that puts people’s lives in jeopardy. The people draw from a box to be randomly selected to die. The drawing is taken place in a small town of about 300 people. The lottery is held every year, and the town has done so for seventy years. The author uses symbolic hints and messages within the story by using symbolic objects, characters names, and a dramatic setting. The objects of the story hold symbolic meaning, and great detail for the readers to think about. The objects make the readers see what the characters within the story see. Jackson said, “Bobby Martin had already stuffed his pockets full of stones, and the other boys soon followed his example, selecting the smoothest and roundest stones; Bobby and Harry Jones and Dickie Delacroix-the villagers pronounced this name “Dellacroy”-eventually made a great pile of stones in one corner of the square and guarded it against the raids of the other boys.” (139). The irony of the story was increasing every time another stone was pushed into a boy’s pocket. The stones represent toys, and practicality something for the kids to do at the beginning of the story. The children chose round stones. They could have chosen jagged edges or sharp edges. They chose the smooth edged rock to make it a slower death for the winner of the lottery. Then there…

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