Literary Devices Used In The Lottery

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Winning the lottery would make most happy but in Shirley Jackson’s 1948 short story The Lottery winning it means you have something different in store than money. This story first appeared in The New Yorker in 1948 and left many people distressed. The Lottery starts with a normal setting in a nice neighborhood and it slowly gains suspense as it goes on to reveal a disturbing ending. Jackson developed these literary devices to help make this story truly unique such as conflict, setting, and characterization to leave the reader in shock. One way the author presents characterization is through dialogue. An example of this is in paragraph thirty-two “Used to be a saying about the ‘lottery in June, corn will be heavy soon.’ First thing you

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