Theme, Symbolism In The Lottery, By Shirley Jackson

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“The Lottery” a short story by Shirley Jackson. This story takes place in a small village where all the villagers gather around to play the lottery as one . The purpose of the lottery was to control the population of the town. The conductor of the lottery, Mr. Summer uses a small wooden box where all the names of the family are placed in a strip of paper. As time passes by the families take out a strip to see how are the “lucky”family. The winners of the lottery was the Hutchinson family, but the wife didn’t look to please in winning the lottery. The problem with the lottery was that nobody wanted to win the lottery. The winning family has to go forward and every member of the family has to take out a piece of paper and the family member that has a dot in there strip of paper is the unlucky person for winning because they will die because of stone . In “The Lottery”, Shirley Jackson uses theme, symbolism,…show more content…
To illustrate, this action the author writes in page 1 line 1, “The morning of June 27th was clear and sunny”(The Lottery). As you can tell, the author describe the weather and the date really detailed in order to allow the reader to picture the scenario in its mind. With this intention, the author make sure that the reader has a perfect understanding about the story’s point and space. In the same fashion, Shirley Jackson describe the imagery in “The Lottery”. Important to realize, the author also communicates with the reader that life's not out of ordinary by telling them “The children assembled first, of course. School was recently over for the summer, and the feeling of liberty sat uneasily on most of them; they tended to gather together quietly for a while before they broke into boisterous play.” In conclusion, Shirley Jackson uses of figurative language makes the reader part of the story. It makes for an effective short
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