The Lottery Short Story Essay

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Everything isn’t always what it may seem to be at first glance. There 's a deeper meaning to anything people read or the actions they show. The Theme is the main idea or topic of a subject which can be the setting, plot, symbol, etc... In the short story “The Lottery”, written by Jackson, is about a village with about three hundred people that conducts a lottery to pick the person who will be sacrificed for the well-being of the village. Another short story “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas”, written by LeGuin, explores the city of Omelas which everyone is happy or on the outside may look like their are, but hides an ugly truth to why everyone is happy. The few that can’t bare the knowledge behind the happy city chooses to walk away from it never looking back again. These short stories have a couple literary terms that contribute to the theme of both the stories which is the plot, setting, irony and symbolism. Jackson done a marvelous job in his short story applies the literary term plot and symbolism to make the story compelling and to give the readers suspenseful turn near the end. The exposition is the lottery itself and how it’s traditional for those folks, but later goes into depth further along in the story. Jackson’s begins the story peaceful and tranquil as if it was just a regular day with the children gathering stones and the adults are in the square of the village having conversations about their everyday lives and concerns. As Shirley Jackson writes “The

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