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The Lottery

"The Lottery" is written from a third-person point of view with limited scope. This objective perspective allows the reader to experience the lottery as it is happening, which allows suspense to...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2019 2:59 pm UTC

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It would seem that the main impact on the children was to teach them that the lottery was an established and honored tradition, something they should carry on as they matured and should pass on to...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2015 2:17 pm UTC

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Part of the beauty in Jackson's short story is that she does not give any direct reason as to why the ritual takes place. If she did, then it would contextualize the story. It would remove its...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2014 11:03 am UTC

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Imagery refers to language meant to convey sensory experience. It can be visual (sight), auditory (sound), olfactory (smell), tactile (touch), or gustatory (taste). Shirley Jackson uses imagery to...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2018 6:56 pm UTC

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Shirley Jackson's short story "The Lottery" depicts an annual event in a village in which the villagers gather in order to have the heads of extended families draw slips. The family with the marked...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2017 11:31 pm UTC

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Shirley Jackson's attitude towards the brutal, uncivilized tradition of the lottery in the small New England village is incriminating and negative. In the short story, Jackson depicts the citizens...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2018 1:06 pm UTC

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Figurative language is the use of words to express something more than a literal meaning. Shirley Jackson uses figurative language at several points in "The Lottery" to enrich the narrative and...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2019 3:11 pm UTC

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The classic short story "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson is a frightening tale about a village that conducts a yearly lottery involving all its citizens. This seems to be a tradition not only in...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2019 3:55 pm UTC

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We could also describe this as situational irony. Irony occurs when a discrepancy exists between what we expect and what actually happens, and situational irony occurs when events arise that defy...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2018 11:27 pm UTC

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The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson, is a famous short story that acts as a prime example of the "twist ending," which is very popular in short fiction because it allows a quick conclusion in a small...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2012 8:57 am UTC

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Mr Summers' name has obvious connotations. Summer is associated with warmth and pleasant times. It is a season of celebration, holidays and fun. Ironically, Mr Summers' name is contrasted to a task...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2017 8:35 am UTC

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Very little information regarding the locale is provided in Shirley Jackson’s short story “The Lottery,” beyond the author’s reference to it as “this village, where there were only about three...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2014 8:27 pm UTC

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There is no single opinion. The people of the village have mixed feelings. Let me give a breakdown of opinions. First, there are those that firmly believe in the lottery. We know this, because...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2015 2:38 am UTC

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Jackson explores the dangers of blindly following tradition throughout her classic short story "The Lottery." The unnamed community in Jackson's short story holds an annual lottery at the end of...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2019 6:34 pm UTC

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These lines usually seem to evoke some giggles out of various students: the thought of a youngster with the opportunity to throw pebbles at his mother. One thing that I always have my students...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2007 5:47 am UTC

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The 1948 short story, "The Lottery," exposes the secrets of a tight-knit society whose otherwise normal facade hides a barbaric practice that has been kept alive for generations, only because...

Latest answer posted September 1, 2017 9:25 pm UTC

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In the opening paragraph of Shirley Jackson's celebrated short story "The Lottery," the reader experiences a sense of ease and security as the narrator describes the serene setting. On the morning...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2020 11:33 pm UTC

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The townspeople in "The Lottery" are depicted as being entirely unremarkable: types and stereotypes one might find in any small town in America. Mr. Summers and Old Man Warner are the two clearest...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2020 8:28 am UTC

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There are so many examples of this type of thing happening throughout the years. The Salem witch trials. The people who followed Hitler during the war. The persecution of Japanese Americans after...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2010 7:23 am UTC

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As other commenters have noted, Tessie Hutchinson emerges as the protagonist of the story by the end, but the protagonist really could have been any one of the townspeople. They are all, even...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2016 6:59 pm UTC

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Mob mentality has everything to do with "The Lottery". The story presents us with a classic example of what happens when people stop thinking for themselves and blindly go along with what everyone...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2020 7:27 am UTC

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In Shirley Jackson's short story "The Lottery," the most obvious place to look for allusions is in the names of the characters. Jackson seems to choose names of characters deliberately: Mr. Summers...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2016 7:55 pm UTC

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The townspeople are holding a lottery this year because there has always been a lottery at this time of year since time immemorial. Nobody seems to know why the lotteries are held. Even Old Man...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2016 5:46 am UTC

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The ending of Jackson's story is the realization of the town's tradition or practice of throwing stones and pelting one "chosen" individual in the village. In the story, the "chosen one" is Tessie...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2011 4:58 pm UTC

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A round character is characterized for experiencing most of the action of the story and coming to a full circle of learning. The story of a round character has a beginning, middle, and end and...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2011 2:21 am UTC

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Tessie seems perfectly willing to go along with the lottery as long as she doesn't feel in any particular danger from it. To her, it is such an ordinary annual occurrence that she almost forgets it...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2018 5:13 pm UTC

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The exposition of "The Lottery" is a misdirection. The author, Shirley Jackson, makes it seem as though villagers are gathering for a festive event. They trickle into the public square, it's a...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2018 5:41 am UTC

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Shirley Jackson’s short story “The Lottery” was first published by The New Yorker in 1948. The magazine received an unprecedented response when it ran the short story, including many negative...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2020 6:55 pm UTC

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The story builds very gradually to a climax as the number of people in jeopardy is narrowed down from about three hundred to a single family of five and finally to a single member of that family,...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2016 4:10 pm UTC

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Tessie symbolizes the scapegoat or sacrificial victim. In ancient tribal societies, this figure was quite literally a goat upon which all the sins of the tribe were symbolically placed before it...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2020 2:48 am UTC

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#5 makes an excellent contribution discussing how the names of the characters can be viewed symbolically. I would just like to expand briefly on how Old Man Warner is a symbol of tradition. He, as...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2010 6:00 am UTC

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Similes are comparisons of dissimilar things using "like" or "as," and there are no obvious similes in Jackson's short story used as comparisons. Although the narrative is mostly straightforward...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2017 1:36 pm UTC

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In short, a long time. The continuation of the lottery is dependent on its acceptance as tradition, and this sense of tradition is well ingrained in the minds of the townspeople. The lottery has...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2020 10:39 pm UTC

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I didn't see if anyone else really talked about this, but "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson did present simple country people as ignorant and mired in old, superstitions. Another chilling thing that...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2010 1:11 pm UTC

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The idea of a lottery suggests taking part in a competition or game in which the winner receives a high-value or highly desirable prize. The title of Jacksons's story is, therefore, ironic because,...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2016 8:14 am UTC

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Everyone in the town participates in the lottery, and those that are old or infirm have someone draw for them. The lottery is a village tradition. It is such an important tradition that even...

Latest answer posted May 24, 2016 7:05 pm UTC

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Shirley Jackson’s short story “The Lottery” discusses the dangers of refusing to abandon tradition or blindly following what has always been done. Because of this, it’s important to pay attention...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2019 1:03 pm UTC

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In Shirley Jackson's short story, "The Lottery," the black box, the names in the box, and the black spot are symbolic elements in the story. The color black is associated with death. Pall bearers...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2011 2:04 pm UTC

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Concerning the surprise ending of Jackson's "The Lottery," the ending is accomplished primarily by the use of an objective, detached point of view. The people are acting normally in a...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2010 9:14 am UTC

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I get the idea behind the fact that it is difficult to pass judgment on a culture that of which we are not a part. This makes sense, to an extent. It is difficult to fully immerse ourselves in...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2012 8:29 am UTC

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This saying is evidence of the superstition that underlies the lottery. The lottery derives from outmoded ideas that a human sacrifice appeases the gods and leads to a bountiful harvest. Even...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2018 11:40 pm UTC

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Morally is defined, by Merriam-Webster, as relating to principles of right and wrong in behavior; expressing or teaching a conception of right behavior; or a conforming to a standard of right...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2011 9:55 am UTC

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"The Lottery" is available to read for free on the website linked below. Here is a brief summary. The people of a small town gather for a yearly ritual. As they gather, some of the history of the...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2012 10:27 pm UTC

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A metaphor is a comparison that does not use the words "like" or "as." A metaphor often compares an abstract idea to a concrete object. We learn in "The Lottery" that the black lottery box grew...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2018 2:33 am UTC

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Mr. Summers runs the lottery, assisted by Mr. Graves. The night before the drawing the two men prepare slips for every household in the community--but not for every individual member of every...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2016 12:38 am UTC

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In "The Lottery," Mr. Summers, who is the type of man who chairs every committee in a small community, regards the lottery as an important ritual, not to mention a refuge from his homelife. The...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2020 6:03 pm UTC

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Shirley Jackson's diction, or word choice, in "The Lottery" is simple, direct, and informal and creates a matter-of-fact tone that is at odds with the horror that is the lottery's outcome. This...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2018 1:22 pm UTC

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Forgetful: Tessie Hutchinson does not make it to the lottery on time and rushes to stand next to her family before the community members draw their slips from the black box. Tessie mentions to Mrs....

Latest answer posted February 14, 2018 1:20 am UTC

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The lottery has changed very little since it started. Tradition is important in the village where the story takes place. In fact, it is so important that no one ever wants to make any changes of...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2016 6:04 pm UTC

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It is significant that the original box has been lost and many parts of the original ritual of the lottery have been forgotten because this shows that people often hold on to outdated traditions,...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2020 11:25 am UTC

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