Jackson uses vivid imagery to illustrate the start of her story. With this in mind, irony, a technique that involves surprising contradictions or contrasts, takes place in the story for the most part showing us that this story in fact has twists and turns that might be outrageous to some of the people from this era. For example, when the day 's described as “clear and sunny” it 's ironic because it ends with the “brutal death” of a person. The way Jackson described the day made us think it was going to be enjoyable but it showed us otherwise. Another example would be Mr. Summers’s name.
Once the court arrested them and there land would be put up for sale and Thomas being the riches man in town would buy up there all of there land. It is proven in act three when Giles cory says “Putnam is reaching for my land!” (Miler, 180) But yet it gets worse. The worst part of this is that John Proctor had a chance to prove Abigail Williams was faking the whole thing and was using it for her own personal gain. Goody Proctor had fired Abigail as their house maid because John Proctor had an affair with her. And he told the judge that she is using the witch craft lie to get his wife killed so that she can be with him.
And Goody Osburn…”(Miller 46-47) This moment shows the Putnams large role in the blaming of witchcraft because after they ask about a name people respond with those exact names although the blaming wasn’t real. Another person who contributed to the witchcraft hysteria is Reverend Parris. Samuel Parris was quick to blame and quick to make bad remarks about people he didn’t like. Most of all Parris wants to keep up his reputation so if word got out that he niece was acting like a barbarian in the woods he would be shamed upon. In the play Parris says, “If you trafficked with spirits in the forest I must know it now, for surely my enemies will, and they will ruin me with it.” This quote
Reader’s Response Act 2 In reading act two of The Crucible, we discover the important role power plays in the lives of John Proctor and Abigail Williams when rumors of witchcraft continue spreading. John Proctor is known as a prominent landholder and farmer in the community of Salem, whereas Abigail is Reverend Parris’ niece and a former servant for the Proctors. I believe Proctor is in a difficult position because he knows he can stop Abigail’s accusations, but not without the whole town finding out about his affair. When act two begins, Proctor comes to the realization that Abigail has taken over the town of Salem and she’s gaining power. On page 56, Elizabeth tries to convince him to go to Salem and tell them it’s all a fraud, but he
To Kill a Mockingbird is a story that takes place during the Great Depression in a small town located in southern Georgia in the 1930s. The book focuses on Jean Louise “Scout” and Jeremy Atticus “Jem” and their coming of age and the major events that made the two grow up. One of the events was the trial of the Mockingbird, Tom Robinson, in which their father, Atticus Finch, was defending Tom, a man of color. Mockingbirds are used throughout the book to represent people that were harmed by the society even though they were innocent. There is a common misinterpretation of the meaning behind the Mockingbird leading many to believe that Scout is the Mockingbird in the story.
The climax of "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson is when Tessie reveals the paper with the black dot. With the reveal of the black dot, the villagers begin to surround Tessie and start to stone her to death. The stoning of Tessie Hutchinson reveals that the lottery is a tradition filled with horror and death. Even though many of the villagers voice their opinion against the lottery, they still participate in the activity. Once the tradition of the lottery is finished, all the villagers go back to their normal life and pretend that nothing happened.
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. First of all, one of the literary devices is characterization, Characterization in
They put the stones in their pockets and make a load in the square. Men collect next, trailed before the ladies. Parents request their children over, and families position together. The details the author Shirley Jackson defines in the launch of “The Lottery” fixed us ahead for the dreadful
The lottery is taking someone’s life away because that person drew a black dot. In Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery,” she depicts how tradition can be so blinding and the dangers of never seeing how destructive an event can be. First, the gathering of the lottery becomes more and more familiar for the people of the village. With
This story as well is set in the 19th and 20th century. The towns people of the lottery used a black box that you could tell was old and had been passed down like a tradition. This black box truly represented death for a person. Nothing but death came about from this box, but the people thought differently about it. The villagers seen the black box as something that was important and historical to their town.
John Hale, in the beginning of Act 4, offers a vivid description of the countryside near the end of the Salem Witch Trials, “there are orphans wandering from house to house; abandoned cattle bellow on the highroads, the stink of rotting crops hang everywhere, and no man knows when the harlots’ cry will end his life” (Miller 233). Witchcraft originated along with human civilization due to the main fear of the unknown. “Practitioners are believed to have special powers that permit them to alter the natural course of events for good or ill, such as the ability to cause drought or rainfall, heal or cause illness, and affect fertility of livestock, people, or plants” (Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia, 2015, 1p). The belief of witchcraft