The Lottery By Shirley Jackson Essay

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When it comes to stories there is usually characters that we follow and get to know along the way, sometimes we only get to meet a character briefly and then there gone, and other times characters can mean more than who they are in a story. Shirley Jackson does just this in the short story “The Lottery” written in 1948. In this short story where the village has an annual lottery that is taken place in the summer to decide who will be stoned to death as a sacrifice for a tradition that might have been used to bring a good harvest. Jackson uses characters and their names as symbols in her story, particularly Mr. Graves his name being an obvious representation of graves. Jackson does this by using Mr. Graves to symbolize the coming of death, at first only being the shadow of death, until he starts partaking in the tradition, foreshadowing the coming of death, and finally initiating death its self. In the beginning of the story Mr. Graves is introduced as the shadow of death by following Mr. Summers into to the center of the city plaza representing the shadow. Then putting down the stool which the black box, representing death, will be placed on.” The Postmaster, Mr. Graves, followed him, carrying a three legged stool, and the stool was put in the center of the square and Mr. Summers set the box on it.” (431) Here Mr. Graves comes out shortly after Mr. summers following him to the square, like a shadow, and then placing his stool down to hold the black box which in turn will…

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