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The Lottery

Why do we, today, follow blindly after blind ideas or traditions? For example, here are some present blind ideas/traditions we blindly follow after: My family has always voted Republican/Democrat,...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2011 5:51 pm UTC

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The Lottery

In Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery," the purpose of the lottery has remained the same. The town gathers to draw lots and determine who dies. Some parts of that ritual have changed over the years,...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2017 12:47 am UTC

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The Lottery

There are several hints given in the story about why the village still participates in the lottery, but the main reason seems to be that it's always been done that way, and no one questions or...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2016 3:59 am UTC

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The Lottery

“The Lottery” demonstrates the truth of Max Beerbohm’s observation that, while you cannot make a man by standing a sheep on its hind-legs, by standing a flock of sheep in that position, you can...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2019 4:55 am UTC

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The narrator identifies Old Man Warner as the oldest man in town. The black box in use for the lottery had been put into use even before he was born, so clearly, the ritual of the lottery has been...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2017 9:49 pm UTC

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In literature, irony is basic term for the difference between the way things seem and the way they actually are, or what the readers or audience expect and what they get. Situational irony is a...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2011 5:05 am UTC

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The Lottery

Using only subtle foreshadowing, Shirley Jackson builds tension by providing only sparse and seemingly harmless details without an explanation of the purpose or the methods of the lottery, and this...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2015 9:50 am UTC

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In Shirley Jackson's short story "The Lottery," there are two rounds in the lottery that the town holds. The first round determines from which family the "winner" will be selected. It is during...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2017 11:30 pm UTC

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It is structured along the narrative form of a short story. The most distinctive things are the exposition and the surprise ending. The exposition, from "The morning of June 27th was clear and...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2011 5:30 pm UTC

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The shocking ending of the story is made all the more effective by Jackson's presentation of this small New England village as the epitome of normality. The story takes place on a beautiful...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2020 7:45 am UTC

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In plotting her story, Shirley Jackson was obliged to introduce a fairly large number of characters. This would have been natural in any case, since it is about all the people in a town with a...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2013 9:24 pm UTC

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The Lottery

Certainly, in terms of its randomness, the procedure of the lottery is about as fair as it gets. No one family or individual is favored over another; any single individual is as likely as any other...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2009 9:02 am UTC

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Mr. Summers' name is somewhat ironic, isn't it? What does "summer" make you think about? We associate summertime with warmth, sunlight,happiness, leisure time, etc., and as the story opens, it is...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2009 5:57 am UTC

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In "The Lottery," Jackson has deliberately created characters with names that reinforce the central themes and ideas of the story. Mr. Summers, for example, is a name synonymous with joy and...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2016 5:58 pm UTC

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The Lottery

Cruelty to any person in the name of personal benefit would have resonated. Also the blinders that others put on with regard to the actions of the lottery is similar to those who insisted that...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2010 1:22 pm UTC

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The idea of having a scapegoat provides the village with a tradition that allows them an outlet for placing blame upon someone and for enacting violence without guilt. The concept of the scapegoat...

Latest answer posted August 10, 2017 2:25 am UTC

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The Lottery

Every year, the citizens of the little village in Shirley Jackson's short story "The Lottery" hold a lottery. Each head of the family draws a slip of paper. Each member of the family with a mark on...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2020 2:03 pm UTC

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The Lottery

That's a lot for one question, so here are some thoughts to get you started: Paragraph 2 is about the children coming into the town square to be ready for the lottery drawing. Just recently...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2009 11:29 am UTC

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The Lottery

I think that the most important moral lesson that emerges from Jackson's short story is how the community can represent a source of terror. The needs to avoid destruction and violence, along with...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2012 10:14 pm UTC

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When Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" first appeared in The New Yorker on June 26, 1948, she was fairly flooded with responses, with most readers completely horrified and confused about what her...

Latest answer posted December 1, 2019 1:31 pm UTC

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The Lottery

This is a good question. There are three reason why the people in the town continue the lottery. First, the people of the town have been holding the lottery for a very long time. In other words,...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2015 3:03 am UTC

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The Lottery

The tradition of the lottery, according to Old Man Warner, dates back to when he was quite small. This means that the lottery has been in place over 70 years. According to the elder man, the...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2013 1:40 am UTC

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The Lottery

The villagers in Jackson's nondescript, rural town value tradition and adherence to rules. Each summer, the villagers gather in the town square to participate in the lottery, which is a...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2019 12:48 pm UTC

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Shirley Jackson apparently wants to cover the entire spectrum of ages and sexes in her story. Old Man Warner is the oldest person there. He serves as a human symbol to represent how long this...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2015 1:22 pm UTC

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The Lottery

"The Lottery" takes place in a small village, apparently a charming place, with flowers "blossoming profusely"(1), a lovely village square, and grass that is "richly green" (1). This is a small...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2015 12:31 am UTC

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While the behaviors might seem similar, and perhaps they are, there are two entirely different things going on here. In "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson, the community is engaging in a tradition...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2010 7:32 am UTC

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The title of this story implies both winning and chance, and it seems that neither one of the expectations set up by the title is fulfilled. Certainly, one doesn't "win" this lottery; there is no...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2018 2:58 am UTC

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Internal conflict refers to a psychological struggle within the mind of a character. Trying to resolve the struggle creates suspense in the story. External conflict refers to the struggle between a...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2017 5:39 am UTC

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Shirley Jackson makes much, in the first few paragraphs of this story, of the fact that whatever original rules may have been attached to the lottery carried out in this town, many of them have...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2019 3:46 pm UTC

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Graphic organizers are visual maps of information where students enter facts that are meant to be organized and categorized. The idea is to be able to analyze the information contained in the...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2016 9:45 pm UTC

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Check out all those beautiful and calm adjectives in the opening paragraph. The day is clear and sunny. The grass is "richly green." People gather for a lottery and hope to be home for "noon...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2020 2:44 am UTC

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The only example of simile in "The Lottery"—and a particularly weak one at that—is when Mrs. Hutchinson taps Mrs. Delacroix on the arm "as a farewell." This could reasonably be interpreted as a...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2019 5:33 am UTC

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The Lottery

Because it has been passed down from generation to generation, the black box of "The Lottery" is a piece of town history and tradition. Everyone knows what it represents and how it functions, and...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2012 11:01 pm UTC

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Jackson portrays the characters as rather routined people. She positions them to perform actions regularly performed by people in any society. In describing some of the different characters Jackson...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2011 4:46 am UTC

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The titular ritual of the lottery culminates in the stoning of a selected victim. That stones are used for the killing is significant for several reasons. Firstly, stoning is an outdated execution...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2020 11:48 am UTC

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"The Lottery" is an annual human sacrifice conducted by the residents of a small New England town each summer to ensure a good harvest. It involves each household drawing a "ticket" from a black...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2018 8:23 am UTC

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The Lottery

In "The Lottery," Shirley Jackson writes in the voice of an objective and dispassionate third-person narrator. The narrator presents the events of the story in a matter-of-fact way, which makes the...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2018 11:09 pm UTC

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I would like to take a slightly different view than the previous answer. The previous answer focused on how individuals are differentiated, but I would like to focus on how groups of characters...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2016 8:25 pm UTC

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The lottery is held every year in the summer. Every surrounding village has a lottery. The village in the story is so small that the lottery can be held in one day. It is held on June 27. Every...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2016 2:48 am UTC

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Verbal irony occurs when a word or statement is used and carries a different meaning than the meaning that is usually carried or connoted by the word or phrase. When someone smashes their thumb...

Latest answer posted December 26, 2019 11:24 pm UTC

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The Lottery

"The Lottery" and "The Possibility of Evil" are alike in that they show the evil that lurks behind the placid, seemingly kind-hearted, and ordinary life of a small town. They are different in that...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2019 2:51 pm UTC

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The Lottery

The conversation in "The Lottery" sounds very much like ordinary, everyday small town chit-chat. A good example of this occurs when Mrs. Hutchinson is almost late to the lottery drawing. She...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2018 12:06 am UTC

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The Lottery

Old Man Warner is the oldest citizen in the village and a staunch proponent of the brutal, senseless lottery. In the story, Mr. Adams informs Old Man Warner that the northern villages are thinking...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2019 5:38 pm UTC

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The Lottery

Shirley Jackson, author of “The Lottery,” offers details in the second and third paragraphs that, upon reading, create a sense of comfort and normalcy for the reader. As an example, in the second...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2018 4:05 am UTC

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The calm and normal of this setting is what makes this situation seem so terrible. It is the irony of the story that brings about a grander purpose. This isn't so much about a town wherein this...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2010 5:49 am UTC

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The most clear allusion to the bible in Shirley Jackson's story "The Lottery" is found in the process of the lottery, itself, which evokes the biblical saying, “He who is without sin may cast the...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2012 1:36 pm UTC

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The Lottery

In Shirley Jackon's celebrated short story "The Lottery," Tessie Hutchinson becomes the village scapegoat when she draws the slip of paper with the black spot on it and is brutally stoned to death....

Latest answer posted February 10, 2020 10:33 am UTC

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In "The Lottery," Shirley Jackson uses imagery and symbolism to develop theme. At the beginning of the story, the narrator describes the little boys building a pile of stones, and upon the first...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2011 9:37 pm UTC

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In Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery," the law of probability that has apparently been suspended is the one that should apply to Old Man Warner. As the townspeople stand only half-listening to the...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2016 6:39 am UTC

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The Lottery

Shirley Jackson's short story draws to mind the horrible feeling of waiting for your fate to be determined. The story's characters have to endure this, and then partake in the barbaric ritual of...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2018 2:12 pm UTC

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