In Shirley Jackson's short story entitled "The Lottery," there are several instances of situational irony; that is, there are discrepancies between what is expected to happen, or what would be appropriate to happen, and what does occur.
In the exposition of the story, the opening paragraph describes a "clear and sunny" summer day in which the flowers are in bloom, and the grass is fresh and green. The boys break into "boisterous play," and their talk is school-related. Bobby Martin has filled his pockets full of stones, and the other boys do the same. At this point in the story, the reader may well expect the boys to engage in some challenge to see who can throw a stone the farthest, or perhaps there is a stream nearby, and they will skip the stones on nearby water on this pretty summer day. Certainly, no reader expects these children to throw stones at a person with the intention of killing that person as they later do.
Another instance of situational irony involves the description of the...
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