Foreshadowing And Symbolism In The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

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In “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson uses foreshadowing and symbolism to develop a theme. In a small town, all the villagers gather up to participate in a tradition that's called “ The Lottery ”. Every villager is told to write their name on a piece of paper, fold it and put it inside the box. Whoever gets chosen gets stoned to death. One literary device that the author uses to develop a theme is foreshadowing, the author uses this by hinting warning signs of what happens if you get chosen in the lottery. In the short story it says, “Bobby Martin had already stuffed his pockets full of stones, and the other boys soon followed his example, selecting the smoothest and roundest stones”. In the short story it also says,“Bobby and Harry Jones and Dickie Delacroix-- the villagers pronounced this name "Dellacroy"--eventually made a great pile of stones in one corner of the square and guarded it against the raids of the other boys”. These pieces of evidence both show foreshadowing because the author is hinting that whatever is going to happen when someone gets chosen, stones have something to do with it. …show more content…

The author used this by using objects such as stones and the black mark. In the story the author symbolizes the stones, in the text it says, ““A stone hit her on the side of the head”. This shows that stones symbolize violence and what was used to stone whoever gets chosen. In the story the author also symbolizes the black mark. In the text it says, “Bill Hutchinson went over to his wife and forced the slip of paper out of her hand. It had a black spot on it, the black spot Mr. Summers had made the night before with the heavy pencil in the coal company office”. This symbolizes death, whoever gets this paper is the person that gets stoned to

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