Amina Lawal

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  • Figurative Language In The Lottery, By Shirley Jackson

    “The Lottery” is a short story written by Shirley Jackson. This story takes place in a small town on a clear sunny day on the 27th day of June. The children of the town arrive first and begin collecting stones and piling them together until their parents call them to order. Mr. Summers calls each head of the household to come forward to a black old wooden box, where each select a slip of paper. Once the men of the house have chosen a paper slip, Mr. Summers allows everyone to open the paper and see who's been selected. The lucky persons selected was Bill Hutchinson. His wife immediately starts protesting by saying “You didn’t give him time enough to take any paper he wanted I saws you. It wasn’t fair!”(Jackson 185). In “The Lottery”, Shirley Jackson uses irony, imagery, conflict, and suspense to develop this short story. As stated above, the author uses irony as a key term in order to create a fantastic short story. Irony is words or phrases that appeal to the reader’s senses (A Glossary of Literary Terms 1). For example, the author titled the story “The Lottery”, so the readers jumps to conclusion that the winner of the lottery will win a fabulous price,but in reality the winners will lose a love one by stoning. Another example of this tool being used in play is on line 1 of the short story were the author says,”The morning . . . was clear and sunny”(Jackson). In other words, the author is describing the scene and is making it look like its a cheerful day,but it all…

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  • Imagery And Symbolism In The Lottery, By Shirley Jackson

    In the short story, “The Lottery”, Shirley Jackson uses imagery and symbolism to show that evil can be present in the most innocent environment, resulting in society being tainted with dark illusion. Superstitious tradition symbolized an important role to the people in this village. Mr. Summers a man that was in charge of the majority of the events in the town, always spoke about making a new black box but never did. (134) The people of the village would rather keep the same box rather than…

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  • The Lottery Foreshadowing Analysis

    The dictionary defines the word “blind” as the lack of perception, awareness, or discernment. Symbolism, irony, and foreshadowing is used in many ways by the author in her short story called “The Lottery”. Shirley Jackson uses these literary devices to emphasize the idea that people will follow traditions blindly if that was how they were raised. “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson is a short story about a strange tradition. Once a year, the town gathers together and one member from each…

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  • Hester Prynne In The 21st Century

    who is not known to be married is clear evidence of extramarital sex.”(“Will She Be Stoned to Death” 1) In Nigeria, Amina Lawal was convicted of adultery according to the Islamic court. The Muslim law states that she will be buried to the neck and stoned “until life leaves her body.” Similar to Hester, Amina, a woman, is taking full punishment for a crime committed by both man and woman. “Villagers see her as a kind of Islamic Hester Prynne. ‘Anyone who commits a crime against our religion…

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