What I learnt from the source was how the lottery doesn’t just use the standardize irony that is generally recognized by the audience. But in particular, Shirley Jackson uses dramatic irony. We are proposed by dramatic irony from the start of story. Before I had even read the story, I assumed that this would be one of those happy/cheesy stories with that amazing “Disney Pixar” ending where everyone lives happy and a good life. And I was yet to be proven wrong when I began reading the story as Shirley Jackson presented the setting as a beautiful day and everything seemed to be going smoothly.
While real life traditions are rarely so extreme, Jackson’s exaggerated fictional example emphasizes her point to great effect. By the end of the story, the audience is convinced that the town is wrong to uphold the lottery tradition, but Jackson is not really writing about a lottery; she is writing about how damaging it can
Without irony an author’s story will not be as interesting and will not keep the reader or audience’s attention for too long. Above dramatic irony was very sufficient because the reader knew about John’s affair, although Reverend Hale was unaware. This may have grabbed the reader’s attention more and lead them to suspension as to how or if Hale would find out. In my example of verbal irony, it was used in a form of sarcasm when it almost seems as if the outcome was backwards. For instance the innocents should live while the accused should be the one to die.
The author foreshadows the stoning of the lottery winner, Tessie in the beginning of the story, “Bobby Martin had already stuffed his pockets full of stones, and the other boys soon followed his example, selecting the smoothest and roundest stones.” (Jackson 367). The reader is unclear of what the stones imply towards the beginning of the story. One would assume since they are children, they collected stones to play a game of some sort. However, towards the end of the story, the meaning behind those stones are revealed as well as the purpose for the town's annual lottery as the author states, “A stone hit her on the side of the head. Old Man Warner was saying, ‘Come on, come on, everyone.’” (Jackson 373).
The main idea Jackson make in “The Lottery” is that people can come to together to perform this terrible act and then completely forget about. Even small children took part in it. Jackson states, “The Children had stones already. And someone gave little Davy Hutchinson a few pebbles” (5) The tradition within village seems to be wholesome scene, until the actual reason for it comes to
This created an uneasy feeling in the readers mind and led to the foreshadowing that the towns people weren’t so excited to participate in the lottery. She again backs this up by stating, “The villagers kept their distance…” providing insight in that they didn’t want to be close to the box where they draw for the lottery. The people didn’t want to be associated with what the lottery and box represented and seemed to hesitate when it was their turn to draw from the black box. Jackson’s use of diction and the way she set the tone throughout the story clearly led the reader to believe that what the box and the lottery represented was negative and represented
“The Lottery” is placed in a small town where everyone gets together once a year for the lottery, each person hoping secretly that they don’t get picked. The person picked is the “winner” of the lottery and gets their prize, a dark fate. The Hunger Games is placed in a country with a big city and 12 small districts. Each year, a female and a male between the ages of twelve-eighteen to compete in the Hunger Games. These games were created as a reminder to the districts that the capitol is in control.
This is an interesting story of how the whole town would get together for “the lottery” each year and the families would come out and pick numbers till everyone in the whole town got their number and it goes on and we did not know till the very last second whoever “won” the lottery was stoned to death and then the rest of town went back onto their own lives till the next year. Many explications for this story but, one to be focused on is the deception throughout the whole story. There many ways to explain this idea even though it was a short story. You would assume it would be a nice, calm and happy story since it started out with “the morning was clear and sunny, with fresh warmth of a full summer day;” (373) how could a person possibly think
“The Lottery”: The Symbolism Within A literary symbol is defined as “an object representing another to give it an entirely different meaning that is much deeper and more significant” (“Symbolism”). The short story “The Lottery”, by Shirley Jackson, has many examples of symbolism that can be found in various places throughout the story. Some specific examples of symbolism in “The Lottery” are the black box used to draw names, the names of the people within the story, and the pieces of paper inside the black box. The first piece of symbolism found in “The Lottery” is the black box. The black box is symbolic in two different ways: it represents tradition and death.
But this village has this really weird tradition. This tradition is based on a lottery. There would be this lottery and every family has their name on it by force since it is a tradition and the family that gets picked would have to do another lottery to see which one in the family dies. To know which person in the family dies every person in the family gets a paper and the paper with the black dot dash. In the lottery someone picks out a family name and the family name that year was the Hutchinsons.