Essay The Lottery And Life Among Savages

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Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” and “Life Among Savages” both stories deal with themes such as family, motherhood, or focus on more specific details and foreshadowing and suspense.
Throughout both stories Jackson uses specific details to draw attention in certain points of the story. In the beginning of The Lottery Jackson provides us with specific details about the day on which the lottery takes place. She tells us the date “The morning of June 27th was clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a full-summer day” (Jackson 242), the time, “around ten o 'clock; in some towns there were so many people that the lottery took two days.” (Jackson 242) and the temperature, warm. Jackson applies the same attention to detail in “Life Among The Savages” “I look around sometimes at the paraphernalia of our living – sandwich bags, typewriters, little wheels off things – and marvel at the complexities of civilization with which we surround ourselves; would we be pleased, I wonder, at a wholesale elimination of these things, so that we were reduced to necessities coffeepot, typewriters, the essential little wheels off things” (Jackson 2) Jackson also makes it a great point to provide great specifics about the towns each of the stories takes places in, she describes the how many people live in the village and how long the lottery takes and some other villages must start the lottery earlier. Jackson talks about the move from the city to the move Vermont how much everything had changed,…

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