Irony In The Lottery

 Please explain the irony in "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson.

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"The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson has been developed around situational irony, a literary device in which the audience is led to expect an event that is completely different from what actually happens. The title, "The Lottery," implies a positive event because lotteries are traditionally carried out to award money or prizes to the winner. Participation is usually voluntary, and the winner receives a prize after being selected randomly—that is, based on luck. However, the outcome of the story is completely different from what the title implies. A lottery is carried out with the aim of selecting an individual to stone to death. The audience expects the winner to receive a grand prize, but instead a painful and tragic death is what they get.

In addition, the setting is made to hide the fact that something abnormal and dreadful is about to happen. Each member of the community is seen to be going through their normal daily routine. When they meet at the square, the...

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