The Lottery Inhumanness

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“Lottery” Rough Draft When one thinks of a lottery they most likely think that “winning” is a good thing. You might receive money, a car, or other kinds of valuables. This is definitely not the case for the winner in the “Lottery.” The winner is more like the loser and is unfortunately stoned to death by her fellow friends and family members. Shirley Jackson’s shocking story, “The Lottery,” explores the theme of man’s inhumanity to man through the use of irony and foreshadowing.
In the beginning of the story, the setting is a very influential part to the theme of inhumanity in “The Lottery.” The time period is the first important part to the setting. The story is set in 1948, three years after WWII. The Holocaust is one of the biggest acts of inhumanity in the world. The story relates to this because Jackson attempted to show how easily acts of complete inhumanity can happen. The season is summer this is expressed by the sentence, “The morning of June 27th was clear and
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In the beginning of the story Mr. Summers asks for some help with the box and the townspeople are hesitant to help. An example from the story of this is,” Mr. Summers said, “some of you fellows want to give me a hand?” there was hesitation before two men, Mr. Martin and his oldest son Baxter came forward.” This helped foreshadow that the lottery was not a “good” thing but actually something that the villagers were anxious and nervous for. Another example of foreshadowing is, “ Bobby Martin had already stuffed his pockets full of stones, and the other boys soon followed his example, selecting the smoothest and roundest stones.” This is a very important example of foreshadowing because it gives the reader a hint to what the “winner” of the lottery gets. Foreshadowing is a very important part to illustrating the theme of inhumanity. It is important because it helps build up to the final act of inhumanity in the

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