In “The Lottery” the people seem clueless about what wining the lottery actually means. They don't seem to understand that it is something that leads to death in fact they seem to be helping the process by collecting sones, “Booby Martin had already stuffed his pockets full of stones and the other boys soon followed his example, selecting the smoothest and roundest stones;” (Jackson, 92). The children in this story are collecting stones which will be used to kill the one selected and yet there seems to be no fear of possibly be the one chosen or fear of what comes for the chosen one in a sense that seem happy on this day. In goes on to say “Soon the men began to gather…their jokes were quiet and and they smiled… The women…came shortly after their menfolk.
People are often go with other people to help fit in and some groups are made of friends you know or people who have a similar mind set, however people groups with similar mind sets are not normally bad but some wish to do things that may harm an outsider 's person or property. In Shirley Jackson story "The Lottery" it tells of a town were the people have an annual lottery and the "winner" gets stoned to death. The story shows how you should not follow a group of people if it means going against who you are. In "The Lottery" their are two characters who are friends Mrs. Hutchinson and Mrs. Dunbar the story shows how the to are friends but the when the Mrs. Hutchinson was picked by the lottery this is how Mrs. Dunbar reacted "[Mrs.] Dunbar had
Irony is the expressions of one’s meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect. In “The Lottery,” such irony is found, more specifically hypocrisy. There are many times within the story where you can find hypocrisy, such as when, “Delacroix selected a stone so large, she had to pick it up with both hands” (Jackson 5). This signifies hypocrisy because in the rising events of the story, it is portrayed that she and Tessie Hutchinson were good friends, however she picked one of the biggest stones to throw at her so called “friend.” In our everyday lives
People often times change when faced with a fearful situation such as the one in “The Lottery.” “The Lottery” provides a twist on the common connotation that a lottery equals money, changing the “prize” is what makes this story different. Shirley Jackson’s short story, “The Lottery” uses the Community as a symbol to convey an underlying message; when fear is present, people begin to change, positively and negatively. During the story, the reader observes a behavior that Jackson left in the story. Jackson writes about a character faced with a situation that makes him nervous, then the community acts a certain way during this scene.
Literary Elements used in The Lottery By definition the word lottery means a process or thing whose success or outcome is measured by chance (“lottery”). To most people winning the lottery would conjure up excitement and overall good feelings. However, in the short story The Lottery written by Shirley Jackson, the lottery has a twisted and horrific meaning.
Literary devices like conflict, simile, and characterization are used in stories to show us a different meaning or a theme. These literacy devices are used to make an idea clearer and relate it to another idea. The short story “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson uses theme to explain that in life you shouldn’t follow tradition blindly because if you trust anyone blindly then you may be listening to a bad influence, which can lead to devastating actions. Shirley Jackson uses the literary element, characterization to express the theme in the story. One of the main characters Tessie is a very strong person when she stood up to the whole town and protested against tradition.
1. All stories seem to agree that children are chaotic and illogical to the brink of destruction, but ultimately contain the rawest form of humanity. I feel The Seven Day Terror demonstrates the randomness most evidently as Clarence actions are quite random, whilst original tied to some obscure form of logic, what has value to him, it moves quickly away from this as he started taking away houses, cars, and people. Maybe because they also held no value to him or anyone he truly cared about, or maybe because he simply can – because it’s fun. He and Anthony of It’s a Good Life, are both representations of what children do when in possession of power.
There is a common sense when perceiving the idea of winning a lottery, which is people delightedly receive an award, usually money or something bringing bliss or gratification. However, this common sense is totally shattered when it was applied to "The Lottery" story by Shirley Jackson. The award of the lottery in this story, unexpectedly and horrifyingly, could be described in three succinct words : stoned to dead (Jackson). Containing such a harrowing twist at the end, this story is powerful in delivering a metaphor, which is the obstinacy of human beings when it comes to their deep-rooted beliefs or habits, despite how unreasonable and atrocious it can be.
Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” is an account of a tradition gone awry. In this short story the villagers of this town have a tradition where they have a “lottery” to see who gets stoned to death. The characterization and symbolism used in the story makes the reader feel as if society has crumbled with the inhumane tradition that ultimately lost its meaning. Throughout the story, Jackson uses characterization and symbolism to imply a message to society about the meaning of tradition. Through the use of characterization and symbolism Jackson establishes that blindly following traditions can be hazardous
Also, the stories use a harsh and cruel traditions to keep people under their control and to prevent change from happening in their society. They also depict how this cruel tradition is a form of entertainment and joy. In “The Lottery” children gathered us stones and along with everyone else in the town threw rocks at Tessa who was chosen for the lottery. But in the hunger, games the game is being broadcasted all over the world as reality entrainment for people. They truly don’t see the cruelty of games enforced on the district.
Another realization was that these Klansmen were almost playing with the people they hated. They chased and caught them much like children playing tag, hide and go seek, or duck, duck, goose. Only instead of being it, the loser loses their life. The use of ordinary objects, minus the white hoods adds the element of normalcy.
But it has been much harder to disentangle whether these neighborhoods cause the later disadvantage, or whether the hardships that lead families to bad neighborhoods are the problem.” (Wolfers) This points out that the environment children grow up in and things they see around will influence them. Living in a neighborhood that has troubled all the time will lead others to follow that same path. For example, Yummy lives in a neighborhood that is full of crimes, by seeing what others do causes Yummy to do the same.
Shirley Jackson is known for her supernatural novels, her most famous novels are “The Haunting of Hill House” and “The Lottery” with many more to follow. Jackson’s work was the most popular during the twentieth century. The story “The Lottery” is based in the late 1940’s in a time after World War II. Literary elements used in this story are irony; because when you begin to read the story it makes the reader believe the winner is going to win something but at the end the “winner” dies. Another term used is setting and conflict because they help explain the story in more detail and give the story a plot twist and makes it more interesting for the reader.
One of the ways Jackson uses literary technique is with Irony, and foreshadowing. People who hear “The Lottery” assume that the person or people who win the lottery will win a prize of some sort, such as money. However, on the contrary, the winner of this lottery gets murdered. Jackson hints throughout the story that the ending of the story will not be as civilized as the reader may think. “They stood together, away from the pile of stones in the corner, and their jokes were quiet and they smiled rather than laughed” (Jackson 1).
When the word lottery comes to mind, people would expect a colossal amount of excitement buzzing around the area. In Shirley Jackson’s story “The Lottery,” it contradicts the traditional views of a lottery. This particular raffle is an annual event that is set in a small town where everyone knows everyone. Instead of this tradition being amusing and enjoyable to the citizens, they feel that it is just another day. This is from the same routine every year and it begins to feel monotonous.