Symbolism Of The Lottery By Shirley Jackson Essay

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Shirley Jackson 's “The Lottery”, is a story chalk full of symbolism. Jackson uses symbolism to help her point out to the readers that humans are not completely innocent, no matter how innocent one may think of themself to be, or how innocent the world around them looks to be. “The Lottery” is very effective in making the reader question why tradition is so important. Jackson uses “The Lottery” to convey her hatred of humans hiding behind tradition and old habits to do evil. In writing this story, she shows how lack of emotion and following in others footsteps can lead to dangerous and situations. Jackson uses a major symbol in order to display the theme for the story. Jackson also uses symbolism in the lucky lottery winners’ names, the setting, the objects, and the action of the villagers.
Jackson writes everything in this story as a symbol. She does this in her story so deep that that even the characters names are symbols. All of the names, such as Warner, Graves, Delacroix, Summers, David, and even Mr. Adams reveal the true behaviors of the characters. Old Man Warner’s job is to “warn” the villagers if they ever stop the lottery then they will have poor crops. The irony in this is that the old are known for being wise, but Old Man Warner is leading the small town, blindly, into a life of fear for who is going to be the next lucky winner of the lottery. Mr. Graves is the man who carries in the three-legged stool and the black box. His name foreshadows what will happen to…

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