Everyone has experienced loss in their life, it’s inevitable. Whether that’s losing the other half of a pair of socks or loss of a loved one. People can lose things that aren’t even physically there. They can lose control or their minds. It’s not uncommon to lose things, in fact, everyone loses at least one thing every day, and they might not even be aware of it. The hardest type of loss is most likely losing someone that was loved or cherished. That is the type of loss that can’t be found again. Though, some things people don’t know they lost or are losing someone until it’s too late. Similar to what happened to Tessie Hutchinson in “The Lottery.” Villagers crowd around the town square to draw cards from a black box that determine who gets violently stoned. Everyone that draws a piece of paper from the box has the same chance
Imagine a society where killing somebody for the sake of a tradition is acceptable.In the short story “The Lottery” Shirley Jackson describes an ordinary village with normal people, but as the story progress the details of their yearly practice known as “the lottery” unravels to be more disturbing.The author subverts the readers’ expiations by persuading the reader into assuming “the lottery” is a ordinary tradition until unusual details and the behavior of the characters come into place. In her short story “The Lottery,” Jackson seemingly uses ordinary details about the setting and the townspeople to characterize her theme that although society claims to be civilized, and may appear so, it is inherently barbaric.
In this short story, written by Shirley Jackson, the townspeople have somewhat of violent “tradition”. The people participate in this process called stoning where someone is randomly beaten to death by stones. Shirley doesn't specifically say why they do this or why it is still happening but she does drop hints. Now, here are some theories why.
Can you imagine going to a town meeting once a year, with all of your friends, family, and loved ones. At this meeting one person is selected to be stoned to death, not only that but EVERYONE has to help. This brutal event is known as, The Lottery. Shirley Jackson describes the villagers that come to this event in her short story, The Lottery. The feelings of the villagers are often confusing, since they appear to want to keep this terrifying event going, even though they dread it. Some villagers show enthusiasm about this tradition, yet, the majority of the villagers are reluctant to participate in this incredible game of chance. Surprisingly, it appears that most villagers want the drawings to remain in tact.
Shirley Jackson a very popular author well known for her short story called “The lottery” which always leaves the reader thinking. “The Lottery” was published on June 28, 1948 which is just weeks after it was written. Some other pieces written by Jackson are “The Haunting of Hill House”, “We have always lived in the castle” as well as “Life among the savages”. Jackson tends to write about horror and mystery and has many other pieces with supernatural themes. Many pieces written by Jackson have a small-town setting that end with horror. The short story “The lottery” is about a small village that has an annual lottery in which the winner gets stoned to death. Many of the townspeople know this is inhumane, but they choose not to speak out because their name isn’t picked. Jackson uses direct characterization to describe all the characters in the village and uses symbolism throughout the story. Not to forget about the vivid description of the setting in the beginning of the short story. Shirley
Jackson utilizes the dialogue between characters to make some of her strongest points and appeals, particularly through
Aother important literary device in this story is the theme, it defines the message about life or human nature that is “the focus” in the story that that the writer telles (Teaching....3). By using theme Shirley Jackson gets to send an important message to her reader. The theme of the story is about traditions and cruelty.
Symbolism is very important to the story, because Jackson uses it to help express the situation in different ways. The two demonstrations of symbolism that stand out the most are the three legged stool that the black box sits on, and the box itself. In the story, the villagers are very hesitant to be around the stool. They know it is used for their annual ritual- which they are cautious about as well. As for the box, it is vividly described, hinting around the
“The Lottery” is an realism/horror story written by Shirley Jackson. The story is about some villagers of a small New England town who follow the tradition of making a lottery every year. When it comes, they like to celebrate it with the correct rules and the correct objects so they can feel more comfortable. Everyone need to take a slip of paper from a small black box, and the paper with a black dot in it means that the family is the winner, then they raffle again; Bill Hutchinson, who was the husband of the protagonist Tessie Hutchinson picked a paper with a black dot in it, that meant that Tessie was the winner of the lottery, then she starts complaining because the drawing was not conducted properly. At the end, the townspeople moved off to a cleared spot outside the town and they begin stoning her to death (Jackson). In “The Lottery”, Shirley Jackson uses characterization, symbolism and themes to develop the action of the short story.
In the story “The Lottery”, by Shirley Jackson, it tells of a story in which a town murders one person a year in order for them to have a good harvest. Some townies don’t all believe in doing the act but they continue doing it because they truly believe in continuing tradition. In the story Shirley Jackson manages to convey her ideas through the story in many ways.
Conformity can make people do cruel things without reason. Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” highlights a village that continues a senseless tradition of stoning the winner of a lottery. Although all the villagers initially seemed innocuous and welcoming, as soon as the winning ticket was drawn, everybody quickly turned against the winner, Mrs. Hutchinson. Through a stark, cold tone, Jackson brings attention to the dangers of unquestionable loyalty to old traditions.
In the 1940s, many that were innocent people would end up being hurt because of their difference from others. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Tom Robinson, an African American who gets accused of a crime he didn’t commit, gets hurt because of his difference from others. The central idea of the book is that people should not hurt those who are innocent, there are several examples throughout the book that help represent this main idea such as symbolism, similes, and characters.
In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, the people of Maycomb County have certain views as to who laid responsible for Tom Robinson’s death. Differing values among different characters heavily affect their opinions. Lee’s incorporation of traditional southern values and character dialogue provide the reader with details that help to detect Harper Lee’s view on who was responsible for Tom’s death, views supporting hers, and views contradicting hers.
The ideas developed by Harper Lee in To Kill A Mockingbird teaches us about how one’s response to weakness can differ from others. This must be done through the overarching symbol of To Kill A Mockingbird; the mockingbird itself. The symbol of the mockingbird can represent various ranges of bodies. For example, the mockingbird, being a bird, can represent certain figures in To Kill A Mockingbird. However, the mockingbird can also be represented in non-human bodies like the black community in Maycomb. The way these bodies represent the mockingbird and respond to weakness will be analyzed in this essay through the significant characters of Tom Robinson, Mayella Ewell, Atticus Finch and Arthur “Boo” Radley. This will be done alongside the black community which also fits the criteria needed to represent a mockingbird. Whether it be a specific individual, or a generalized body, the way that one responds to weakness determines their character and if they can be considered a mockingbird.
The short story “The Lottery,” by Shirley Jackson is full of literary elements. The old and innocent, small town atmosphere creates the perfect stage for this ironic tale. Several literary elements are evident throughout the composition but three specific elements stand out the most. Jackson’s unique ability to use tone and style, symbolism, and theme are what makes this story so fascinating.