What are some examples of irony in the story "The Lottery"? For example, why might the title, "The Lottery," or the opening description in paragraph one be considered ironic?

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One bit of irony is Tessie Hutchinson's arrival to the lottery. Arriving a bit late, she jokes with Mrs. Delacroix, telling her that she "clean forgot what day it was." This indicates that the lottery itself seems so inconsequential to her that it slipped her mind entirely. But it should weigh heavily on her, as someone will be selected to die on this day. Her blase attitude is ironic because this is her last lottery and, therefore, the most significant one she has ever attended.

Verbal irony occurs with this comment by Mr. Summers, who is in charge of the lottery's proceedings: "Thought we were going to have to get on without you, Tessie." As it turns out, they cannot "get on" without Tessie, because it is her name that will be drawn. The entire lottery hinges on Tessie Hutchinson this year.

This is followed by Tessie's ironic reply. She responds, "Wouldn't have me leave m'dishes in the sink, now, would you, Joe?" This shows that Tessie has valued the daily routine so much that her future has...

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