How Does The Scapegoat Symbolize In The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

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“The Lottery”written by Shirley jackson. The story is about how a town followed by others had a ritual that was strongly followed. The townspeople thought by killing one of the villagers it would bring them a good year of crops. In “the lottery”,Shirley Jackson uses symbolism to strengthen the theme of the story. One of the literary devices that Shirley Jackson uses is symbolism. Symbolism is person, place, or thing that represents something beyond itself, most often something concrete or tangible that represents an abstract idea (Literary 2).One example of symbolism is the names that Shirley Jackson has chosen to give the townspeople. Mr. Summers makes us remember the good hot days in summer. It foretells the irony of the evil as shown later on in the story. Another of the charters in the story is Mr. Graves reminds us of death and…show more content…
In the story “The Lottery” the theme is talking about scapegoat.” Scapegoat is a person or group made to bear the blame for others or to suffer in their place(Dictionary.com). For example Tessie Hutchinson is the scapegoat in her town in the year which “The Lottery” takes place;the implication in the story is that the lottery is an annual event. The townspeople believe that scapegoat would banish the evils of society ,and help the crops flourish.In the story it was the chosen one to get scapegoat would have to have a black dot on a piece of paper (enotes 1).” 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 coil company office (Jackson 7). In the story “The Lottery” the theme is about rituals. A ritual is a religious or solemn rite(Dictionary .com).in the story the townspeople that it was time for the to yearly
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