Symbolism Of Shirley Jackson 's The Lottery Essay

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Symbolism of Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” The short story “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson is about a small town that has a lottery, on June 27th, every year. All the citizens seem excited and amped up for this yearly occasion that Mr. Summers is in charge of. Though as the story progresses and comes to an end, it can be seen that this lottery is not something you want to win. These events of the story closely resemble the actions that took place in Nazi Germany in the 1930s. With the way Mr. Summers and old man Warner run the show and are not in the lottery, how the citizens of the town blindly following this “ritual” to their death, and the early participation of the children can be seen as symbols of Adolf Hitler, the people of Germany, and the Hitler Youth.
Adolf Hitler and Mr. Summers have numerous common characteristics. Mr. Summers, is described as a “roundfaced, jovial man” (255) who owns the coal business. He has the sympathy of the town’s people due to having no children and a horrible wife. It explains that Mr. Summers is in charge of everything the town did. He also is very convincing that everyone in the town is equal. Though he, himself, will never win the lottery. Adolf Hitler also gained power from the people while having their sympathy. He slowly rose to power as he had the people believe that he was suffering with them, though he was not going through the same things they were. Mr. Summers also has old man Warner on his side. Just as the Nazi Regime…

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