The Lottery By Shirley Jackson Essay

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The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
The Lottery by Shirley Jackson, is a short story about an annual lottery draw in a small town. The story sets place in a small town in New England. Every year a lottery is held, in which one person is to be randomly chosen to be stoned to death by the people in the village. The lottery has been practiced for over seventy years by the townspeople. By using symbolism, Jackson uses names, objects, and the setting to conceal the true meaning and intention of the lottery.
The names of each character hold significant meanings to the lottery. Jackson uses symbolic names to indicate and foreshadow what will come to be after the lottery is conducted happens. The name “Dellacroix” (Jackson, 2) is the meaning of “Of the cross” in French. In this sentence, “…the villagers pronounced this name “Dellacroy” “ (Jackson, 2) shows that people pronouncing Dellacroix incorrectly, therefore, provoking the Christian symbol of martyrdom. “Summers” (Jackson, 4) is the surname of the conductor of the Lottery. The lottery happens during summer, and Mr. Summer’s assistant is “Mr. Graves” (Jackson. 4). This hints that there will be a “Grave” during “summer”. The author uses names to augur the winner’s prize: a violent stoning from the townspeople.
The objects in the story also represent religious and symbolic meanings to the lottery. This sentence “ Bobby Martin had already stuffed his pockets full of stones, and the other boys soon followed his example, selecting the…

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