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    Conformity n: action in accord with prevailing social standards, attitudes, practice etc. Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery Disillusionment of Ten O’clock by Wallace Steven both tell a story of conformity being amiss. Recruiting in Jackson's The Lottery for me to believe stoning a villager to death is okay because they call it tradition. Steven’s society adapted into having no imagination. I tried to keep this from being a conformist I agree with Steven and Jackson’s point of conformity being wrong

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    In “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, the author comments on the faults of tradition in modern society. She asserts that certain traditions, even though they are obsolete and no longer serve any purpose, have become so widely accepted that people fail to see the problems in them. This commentary is expressed through the opinions of Old Man Warner, who, when a conversation concerning other villages that have eradicated the lottery arises, says, “Pack of crazy fools...nothing’s good enough for them

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    throughout the “The Lottery”. While Shirley Jackson is writing “The Lottery”, she gives a good theme of tradition. Throughout the whole story she explains the little events the people of the village do once a year, the day the lottery takes place. The villagers take tradition so far when it is time for the lottery because they have done the event so long they see nothing wrong with it. The lottery is taking someone’s life away because that person drew a black dot. In Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery,” she

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    the reader has an opportunity to get an insight of the writer’s mind. This provokes a hidden interpretation that is more influential than the literal definition. Shirley Jackson, the writer, is using symbolism to express her thoughts and ideas to her story, The Destructors. The black box is an example of symbolism that Shirley Jackson uses in her story. Although it may seem to be an ordinary black box, there is a hidden meaning within it. The black lottery box symbolizes the tradition of the lottery

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    When the word lottery comes to mind, people would expect a colossal amount of excitement buzzing around the area. In Shirley Jackson’s story “The Lottery,” it contradicts the traditional views of a lottery. This particular raffle is an annual event that is set in a small town where everyone knows everyone. Instead of this tradition being amusing and enjoyable to the citizens, they feel that it is just another day. This is from the same routine every year and it begins to feel monotonous. The entire

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    short story, The Lottery by Shirley Jackson proposes an annual lottery drawing in a little village set in New England. However, unlike any usual lottery, the winner is stoned to death by their fellow townsmen, women and children included. The lottery seems to have been a custom around the area for over seventy years. While other towns are starting to go away from this method, this village continues the tradition. Although it may seem like a simple story, Shirley Jackson implemented various symbols

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    followed, but still are blindly followed. In “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, the villagers follow the tradition of the lottery, even though they question why they still do it. To properly understand our traditions, we need to know the origin, what it symbolizes, and usefulness. Finding out the beginning of something can be quite an interesting thing. It can explain why you do your traditions. In “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, old man Warner says “…lottery in June, corn be heavy soon”

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    In the story witten by Shirley Jackson, “The Lottery”, the author talks about a small village that holds an annual lottery. It is said thay all the men gather in thier groups as well as the women and the children. Stone are gathered by the little ones only choosing the best they could find. It may seem harmless at first but by the end of the story we find out that the “winner” of the lottery is stoned to death. The use of symbolism in the story helps explain the theme of “The Lottery” which affect

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    The story, “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, wanted us to acquire that the fear of change, and expressing your opinion can drive you to follow the crowd. This short story takes place in a small New England village on June 27th. A ritual called The Lottery was being practiced. A case in point, the author tells us, “Every year after the lottery, Mr. Summers began talking again about a new box, but every year the subject was allowed to fade off without being done.” (p. 1-2) The villagers experiencing

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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

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    “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, a short story, which adopts symbolism into making the tone of the story more effective. The main character and protagonist of the story is the village itself, and the antagonist of the story is the harvest ritual being performed as a so-called-lottery. The black wooden box that is used in the lottery, embodies the villagers devotion to tradition. The fatal slip symbolizes the danger in following an act blindly, Tessie embodies absurd violence, along with sacrifice

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    In the short story, The Lottery, Shirley Jackson demonstrates her superb writing skills by implementing the themes of mindlessly following the herd and not questioning the unknown into a piece about a town devoted to a sacrificial tradition. She cleverly uses foreshadowing, symbolism, and conflict as literary devices to tie the pieces together and relate it to the real world. Many items are presented throughout the timeline of the story that the readers may have not picked up. For example,“The original

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    Almost every author has a style or way of writing, and in most cases there is good reasoning behind it, and Shirley Jackson is no different. Out of all of Jackson’s work four of her short stories show some extreme similarities in her writing, and those four are “The Tooth”,” Island”,” Cauliflower in her hair”, and “The Lottery”. All of these stories start out ordinary, and end up taking a turn for the worst rather quickly, which can relate to life and how quickly life can change for the good or bad

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    about having tradition for too long. What I think Shirley Jackson wants us to learn about this story is to not have a tradition for so long, be smart about my choices and not to do things that I know that are not good. Shirley Jackson wrote poetry and kept journals throughout her life. “Shirley Jackson was born in San Francisco on December 14, 1919. She grew up in California until 1933, when her family moved to Rochester, New York. In 1934 Jackson enrolled at the University of Rochester.”(Moss, Wilson)

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    drawn every year as a sacrifice ritual one 's life for a good fertile crop. The lottery rose up public opinions when it first published in 1948. It is a piece of Shirley Jackson in which she wrote about inhumanity and violence among human based on her real experience when she moved to a small town and was rejected by its people. Shirley Jackson always believed in sinful spirit within each individual self as her writing style portrayed the vicious side of her and people 's souls, “The dark current of

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    “The Lottery”, by Shirley Jackson is a very suspenseful, yet very shocking short story. This story is set in a small village, on a hot summers day in June. Flowers are blooming, and the towns people are gathering for the lottery, which is a tradition the town does every year. As the reader reads the first paragraph they think this is a happy story. The title also says, “The Lottery” which is a word often used for winning something or receiving a prize. It’s a beautiful summer day and everything seems

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    position together. The details the author Shirley Jackson defines in the launch of “The Lottery” fixed us ahead for the dreadful

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    Annotated Bibliography 1. Jackson The Lottery By: Yarmove, Jay A. Explicator. Summer94, Vol. 52 Issue 4, p242. 4p. Reading Level (Lexile): 1230. , Database: MasterFILE Premier This source is incredible for its incredible recognition of the irony and symbolism that is represented in “The Lottery”. The source really states that the “The Lottery” is the underpinning definition of post-World War 2. The date of the lottery and irony of the characters names that Shirley Jackson presents, all convey a meaning

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    Reaction to The Lottery Is tradition a blindly way of passing down beliefs, rituals, activities through generations and keeping them alive in human societies? Shirley Hardie Jackson (December 14 1916 - August 8 1965) was an American writer whose work has received increased attention from literary critics.Jackson is best known for the short story;’’The lottery’’ that describes a small town which observes an annual ritual-a lottery.Every year this old tradition culminates with a violent murder of

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    In the text it describes how, “Mr. Summers spoke frequently to the villagers about making a new box, but no one liked to even upset as much tradition as was represented by the black box” (Jackson 1). Even though the box is old and the always talk about a new one, the villagers are too scared to replace it. This helps the readers understand more about the ritual and the box. It also clarifies what they do with the box when it’s not in use.

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