Conflict In Shirley Jackson's The Lottery

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The story “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson is a short story containing shocking realism. On June 27th all the villagers will come together to participate in a huge lottery run by Mr.Summers who hosts all big civic events that go on in town. Each man will pick a slip of paper from a black wooden box and cannot open the slip of paper until each man has one.The name of whom has been selected is Bill Hutchinson. After his name has been called out his wife Tessie instantly starts to protest. Since he has been selected that includes his family too. Tessie, the wife draws out a paper with a black dot on it which means she has won. Everybody starts to realize that Tessie has won the lottery. As she protests in vain about how it's not fair a stone …show more content…
Conflict involves problems between two opposing sides which are mostly protagonist and antagonist. It refers to a straight on disagreement as in interests and accentuate the development rather the end. It is a fight or even a contest or quarrel. Sometimes its a physical fight with fists flying to one another and implies violent exertion. Shirley Jackson has many conflicts within the short story “The Lottery” that are both external and internal.
Internal are interactions of the people towards the lottery. It is a psychological struggle within the mind of a literary or dramatic character, the resolution of which creates the plot’s suspense. It's also a mental struggle arising from opposing demands or impulses. Now the external conflicts are focused precisely on incorporated and in ways relate to the readers feelings. A struggle between a literary or dramatic character and an outside force such as nature or another character, which drives the dramatic action of the
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Little did the reader know that at the end of the story it is actually quite opposite of winning something amazing. Jackson foreshadows the events by saying in the story,”Bobby Martin had already stuffed his pockets full of stones, and the other boys soon followed his example, selecting the smoothest and roundest stones...eventually made a great pile of stones in one corner of the square and guardered it against the raids of the other boys” (Jackson 1). After this has been read the reader is not thinking that the children are just collecting stones like kids usually just do. It will not be expected the way it turns out at the end of the story. The title is what makes the reader thing that its an innocent story but is actually opposite. Without these ironic devices the reader would had figured out the story way before the author wanted the reader to

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