Essay on The Lottery, By Shirley Jackson

1424 Words Dec 7th, 2016 6 Pages
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 author of novels and short stories, was born on December 14, 1916, in San Francisco, California, to Leslie and Geraldine Jackson. She grew up in a middle-class family in the suburbs of Burlingame, California. Her family moved to Rochester, New York when she was a teenager and here, Jackson became a student at Brighton High School. She then attended the University of Rochester and later transferred to Syracuse University where she received her bachelor’s degree in English. During Jackson’s time at Syracuse University, she would emerge and prove herself a writer by involving herself with the universities literary magazine. During this time, Jackson met a strapping student, Stanley Hyman, who becomes a well-known literary critic…

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