Reality In Shirley Jackson's The Lottery

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In life people do despicable things for all sorts of reasons, but one of the reasons people do awful things is because of the pressure they get from either culture, society or from their peers. “The Lottery” shows how people can sometimes do negative things because that’s just how it’s been done. In “The lottery” it talks about how once a year one unlucky winner of their lottery would be stoned to death. Shirley Jackson the author of “The lottery” projects a vision that includes both explicit and implicit viewpoints even if it doesn’t match reality because, she is trying to prove the fact that people can do uncivilized things because of society, culture and their peers. Shirley Jackson wants a vision that doesn’t match reality because, she wants to make a point that is difficult for people to understand if she tried to prove it logically. The point she wishes…show more content…
In “The lottery” Shirley Jackson writes, “Wouldn't have me leave m'dishes in the sink, now, would you. Joe?," and soft laughter ran through the crowd as the people stirred back into position after Mrs. Hutchinson's arrival.” (Jackson, 2). In this statement it implies the fact that, people knew how uncivilized the lottery was but they didn’t really want to do anything about it, so all they could do was prepare for it. It also shows implicitly people doing uncivilized things because of culture when says, “Then Mr. Summers raised one hand high and said, "Adams." A man disengaged himself from the crowd and came forward. "Hi. Steve." Mr. Summers said. and Mr. Adams said. "Hi. Joe." They grinned at one another humorlessly and nervously.” The villagers knew that what they were doing was terrible but they tried to mask their true feelings by laughing nervously. The villagers tried to hide their true feelings because they didn’t want to be seen as an
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