The Consequences Of Alienation In 'The Lottery' By Shirley Jackson

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In many of her writings, Shirley Jackson uses adaptations of her life and personal journeys of alienation from a comfortable yet dysfunctional childhood, combined with the miseries of an unhealthy marriage while raising and projecting a happy family, "Life Among the Savages", which caused her devaluation by traditional male critics who had difficulty reconciling Jackson’s housewife status with her production of Gothic narratives (Hague), to the many riveting and haunting short stories, “The Lottery”, that would quickly become one of the best- known and most frequently anthologized short stories in English (Franklin) and to this day still leave a magnitude of her readers in wonderment and dismay.
The prominent Shirley Jackson, legendary American
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Her parents lived among societies elite upper class. The so-called relationship with her mother was often a turbulent and dysfunctional one. The importance of keeping up appearances in polite society was central to Jackson’s affluent upbringing (Havrilesky). They had to continue to fill the role of being proper, sophisticated, and rich. Jackson was constantly harassed by her mother about her bizarre methods and social awkwardness. Appearances were something Jackson rejected from an early age with her unruly auburn hair, unconventional style of dress, caustic wit, and swagger (Havrilesky). Still, a confident teenager, in a way to relieve herself and detour the chaos, Jackson consumed her time by secluding herself to her to writings. This teenage persona undeniably tormented her mother. Jackson was not good enough through the eyes of her mother. Along with anxiety and lack of confidence from the way her mother’s treatment was towards her, the unsociable and unpopular Jackson also found herself not being able to fit in and make friends amongst her peers. She was a reclusive paranoid child.
Jackson married Hyman in 1940, a few years after graduating from Syracuse University. They moved and settled in the rural town of Bennington, VT. This became the birthing place of her four children, Laurence (Laurie), Joanne (Jannie), Sarah
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It’s a charming story of their ordinary life filled with all the dramas and happiness one would typically experience on their own. Jackson’s encounters and observations in this novel brings simplicity and complexity. She explores with everyday issues from keeping house and being patient with her presumptuous children and all their dealings with life and growing up, to the outside world and all its happenings. Amongst her daily repetitious duties, she also deals with a husband that is unaware of all the efforts and work she does to keep the family life stable and well-adjusted. A biography by Ruth Franklin captures Shirley Jackson’s punishing upbringing and marriage, which perhaps informed the destruction of heroines in her work (Havrilesky). This story left many of her avid readers confused. They knew her as a writer of haunting tales, not comic, so it left the readers unsure of its context; truth or

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