The Lottery Symbolism Essay

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“The Lottery” is a short story written by Shirley Jackson. The story is about villagers gathering on a warm day in late June. They gather to participate in a lottery ran by Mr. Summers. All the children arrive first and begin collecting stones. Mr. Summers calls each man forward to a black wooden box where each one selects a slip of paper. The men open it after all have picked a slip to see who is selected. Mr. Hutchinson is selected. There are 5 people total in the family so each member draws a slip. Mrs. Hutchinson draws a slip of paper with a big black dot in the center of it. The villagers notice that she has that paper and now it becomes clear that the winner of the lottery dies by getting stoned to death. Mrs. Hutchinson protests in vain…show more content…
The black box is a symbol to the villagers of the lifetime of their tradition and the face that many people before them have upheld the practice of the lottery. According to the text, “The original paraphernalia for the lottery had been lost long ago, and the black box now resting on the stool had been put into use even before Old Man Warner … Mr. Summers spoke frequently to the villagers about making a new box, but no one liked to upset even as much tradition as was represented by the black box.” (Jackson 2). The textual evidence for this quote is in paragraph 5 of the story. This conveys that the black box meant a lot to the people and they wouldn’t want to replace it because it’s a…show more content…
In my opinion, I feel like these 3 literary elements did have quite an effect on “The Lottery” because it made the story interesting with the different tones and the symbols Jackson used throughout it. I would recommend this story to friends because it was a shocking and exciting story by Shirley Jackson. It was shocking and exciting because when you’re the reader, in the beginning, it seems like the family is going to win so much money, until later, they end up drawing to see who is going to be the one to die and that person ends up getting killed by stones by every

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