The Lottery, By Shirley Jackson Essay

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According to the glossary of term listed in our textbook. The setting is defined as “the context for the action: the time, place, culture, and atmosphere in which it occurs.” In The Lottery, Shirley Jackson uses setting to show that not all traditions need to be blindlessly followed.

The first aspect of the setting is the time. In the first couple of paragraphs of The Lottery, Shirley Jackson begins by introducing the time of year of which the setting takes place. Jackson states that it is June 27th, the weather was “clear and sunny” (162), and that school was recently over for the summer. These descriptions of setting lead the readers to assume that this is just a normal summer day. Then, Jackson describes the time of day in which the story takes place. Shirley Jackson begins to illustrate that it roughly “ten o’ clock” (162) in the morning and the sky “was clear and sunny”. That the air was filled with “the fresh warmth of a full-summer day”, that “the flowers were blossoming profusely”, and the grass “was richly green” (162). All these descriptions of the time The Lottery takes place leads the readers to feel that it was a beautiful, peaceful morning and that nothing could go wrong. Since the readers have no idea what the lottery is they assume it is just a normal summer day. Just like any other summer day in a small town. The first couple of paragraphs set up the readers to admit that not all traditions need to be kept when they find out what the lottery truley is.


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