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    Symbolism of Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” The short story “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson is about a small town that has a lottery, on June 27th, every year. All the citizens seem excited and amped up for this yearly occasion that Mr. Summers is in charge of. Though as the story progresses and comes to an end, it can be seen that this lottery is not something you want to win. These events of the story closely resemble the actions that took place in Nazi Germany in the 1930s. With the way Mr. Summers and old man Warner run the show and are not in the lottery, how the citizens of the town blindly following this “ritual” to their death, and the early participation of the children can be seen as symbols of Adolf Hitler, the people of Germany, and the Hitler Youth. Adolf Hitler and Mr. Summers have numerous common characteristics. Mr. Summers, is described as a “roundfaced, jovial man” (255) who owns the coal business. He has the sympathy of the town’s people due to having no children and a…

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    Shirley Jackson Tradition

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    while a complete stranger sees it as pointless and insignificant. Either way both descriptions fit the definition of tradition, therefore there shouldn’t be a difference between the two… or should there? In many situations, traditions are truly harmless, but what if there was a cycle of tradition that did cause harm? A cycle that’s impossible to break, is it still considered an innocent tradition? That’s the same predicament that the villagers are in, in Shirley Jackson’s “The…

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    Did you know that your chances of winning the lottery is 1 in 175 million? Yeah your chances of winning the lottery are is very slim. But in this fictional town winning the lottery is not all that great, because if you win, you get the fabulous prize of death by stones. Shirley Jackson’s short story, “ The Lottery” uses the “Black box” as a symbol to convey an underlying message that society isolates those who go against society’s ideals and that death comes without warning. In Shirley…

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    just as important as the characters and theme. Vividly portraying the setting will develop the reader’s imagination. Creating a great setting will allow the readers imagination to feel as if he or she were actually present in the story. A setting of a story must be colorful, descriptive and inquisitive. Shirley Jackson did a tremendous job of creating such a setting in the story “The Lottery.” The setting of the village is that of what a reader might see in an old British film Starting the…

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    In the story “The lottery” by Shirley Jackson the point, moral and theme of the story is a dark and cruel because it says that the townspeople stoned her due to the fact that there is overpopulation and it was a brutal way to remove someone from the village which is the irony that this story has. The tone of the story in the beginning of the story seems to be nice and smooth, the mood feels calm and gentle with nothing to fear. For example, in the beginning of the story everybody is happy and…

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    It is typical for people to have conspiracies about why something was written, its true meaning, and how it ties up with the life of the character. “The Lottery” is a short story written by Shirley Jackson that tells a story about a village who held a very unusual tradition. Every year the head of the household would pick a piece of paper from the “black box”, and whoever held the paper with the black dot had just summoned one of their family members to death by stoning. It is believed that…

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    Although it is common for people to blindly follow traditions set by older generations, Shirley Jackson’s short story, “The Lottery,” would probably provoke any reader to begin wondering what level of immorality needs to be reached before an act is no longer considered justifiable by the word “tradition.” Throughout the plot of “The Lottery,” Jackson implies the dangers affiliated with ignorantly giving in to peer pressure. The story begins mid-morning of a day in late June when seemingly…

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    their own unique role in society. Men, women, and children have separate but intertwined lives that play out on a daily basis. This concept is commonly expressed in literature. One author who clarifies the role of each counterpart is Shirley Jackson: mother and author of The Lottery. In Jackson’s novel, the social and business roles of men, women, and children are clearly defined. The role of men in this novel is to lead their household. Mr. Summers says, “‘Now, I'll read the names-heads of…

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    The box that holds the fate of the people in “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson represents death, the tradition of the townspeople, and alludes to the underlying theme that cautions against following tradition blindly. The short story involves a lottery that the people of the town participate in, where instead of winning money, they “win” death. It follows the Hutchinson family, specifically the matriarch, Tessie Hutchinson, who will end up “winning.” The box that holds the slips of paper that…

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    ‘The Lottery” Criticism The short story “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson is termed as one the most bizarre stories about a town in England that is entangled in a trap of following traditions even though the traditions are not of their best interests. The town holds an annual lottery where one member of the society is randomly selected for sacrifice and gets stoned by the rest of the villagers. The story goes on to reveal that these gruesome traditions that goon in the village for decades despite…

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