Shirley Jackson’s Constant Battle of Self Satisfaction Essay

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Noted by Darryl Hattenhauer, Shirley Jackson, an American gothic author, "ranked among America's most highly regarded fiction writers" during the "1940s, 1950s, and 1960s" (1). Jackson argued that “a good story must engage its reader, persuade him that he wants to belong in the story for as long as it lasts,” and if the author fails to provide such experience then they can consider their work a failure (Hall 113). The idea of authors providing an experience of enjoyment by involving them in the story, made Jackson a successful writer. She also believed that if an author is asked where their ideas come from they would simply “find [themselves] telling over, in some detail, the story of [their] life”, another reason why Jackson was a great …show more content…
The feminist thoughts of women were expressed in her unfinished story, Come Along With Me (1965). The story is about “a middle-aged woman who feels confined and ill-defined by her marriage,” the character was possibly portraying herself (Shirley Hardie Jackson par 9). The woman was anxious to experience life and when her husband died, she took full advantage of the situation by moving to a new city becoming a different person.

One of her most famous works that showed her disagreement towards the typical woman was The Lottery, published in 1948. Jackson also expresses the thought of a woman’s place as Mr. Summers, the coordinator of the infamous lottery, is surprised when the wife of Clyde Dunbar has to draw a ticket out of the box because he has broken his leg. Mr. Summers is hesitant and even asks Mrs. Dunbar, “Don't you have a grown boy to do it for you, Janey?” Here Mr. Summers, even though not specifically stated, implies that a women was not capable of picking out a ticket for the family, it’s a man’s job to carry out such task. As the lottery continued, Mr. Summers didn’t hesitate when Watson, a young boy, was going to draw for his mother and himself. He was complimented rather than questioned by Mr. Summers as he stated, “Glad to see your mother's got a man to do it.” Again, emphasizing the idea that it was more

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