Criticism in the Short Story 'The Lottery'

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Criticism in "The Lottery" This paper will examine the short story, "The Lottery," by Shirley Jackson, with the aids of lenses such as cultural criticism and feminist criticism. The story was written and published just as the twentieth century reached its middle point. The setting of the story takes place in small town America. The success of the story comes from Jackson's applied knowledge of stereotypes of things such as America, small town America, families, and women. Jackson plays on cultural norms to lull the reader and even trick the reader in a variety of ways, most notably by luring the reader into a false sense of relative security. The story takes place on a summer day in a moderate to exceptionally rural town. Readers might presume certain traits of the story because it takes in a very small, and seemingly quiet town, full of locals who are far from urbanized. It is upon these stereotypes and archetypes of Americans, American culture, and the sexes that Jackson uses to make her point and ultimately surprise the reader, with the biggest surprise for the final moments of the story. "The Lottery" is an intriguing meditation on cultural norms and expectations, especially of those Americans who lived in urban areas. Ultimately, "The Lottery" is a strong example of how a piece of writing, seemingly innocent and na誰ve enough, can overtly and subtlely shock readers by exposing the biases of the individual as well as of the overall culture of small town, middle
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