The Lottery Situational Irony Analysis

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When one thinks of a lottery, they would most likely think of a great prize for the winner. Although in some cases, the prize does not turn out so great. In the short story, The Lottery by Shirley Jackson, the author uses irony to surprise and make the reading more exciting. If one were to ask what irony was, a correct answer could be that irony is when an event occurs that was unexpected. Shirley Jackson uses situational irony in this story because a plot changing event occurs that is unexpected by everyone. She does this by creating a lottery in her story that nobody wants to win because the "winner" ends up being sacrificed for the town. What makes this story so ironic is that most of the time, when one thinks of a lottery, they would want
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