Symbolism And Realism In Shirley Jackson's The Lottery

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The story “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson is a short story of horror and realism. On June 27th on a late summer morning, the villagers of a small New England village gatherd together in the town square to conduct their annual lottery. There is a black box on a stool and in the box there is pieces of paper in the box. Each person from a family get one paper from the black box even the children get a piece of paper and every stayed quiet and nervouse. Then Bill Hutchinson looked at the paper and notice that he got the black dot. So then Tessie starts to complain that the drawing was not set up properly (Jackson). In “The Lottery,” Shirley Jackson uses the symbolism, characterization, and theme to develop this short story. The symbolism of …show more content…

Another antagonist thing from the story about the villagers went along with the tradition and didnt think about the consequences of the death that happens when they get stoned to death. The family is very heartless because they even stoned tessie to death and they even made sure that the little boy had little pebbles to throw at tessie. In the story there is no antagonist character or person in the story. The antagonist which is the family the familly turned there back on tessie and the villagers is agenst the protagonist who is tessie. \ Aother important literary device in this story is the theme, it defines the message about life or human nature that is “the focus” in the story that that the writer telles (Teaching....3). By using theme Shirley Jackson gets to send an important message to her reader. The theme of the story is about traditions and cruelty. The tradition is very bad because every year they have selection to pick a family to get stoned to death. Also the villagers didn’t really think nothing about how bad the tradition is and how it affects people in life. The villagers don’t really care when there is another selection the next

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