Dehumanization In Shirley Jackson's The Lottery

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The most shocking part of “The Lottery” is the level of dehumanization that comes with the crowd mentality. Shirley Jackson uses the normalcy of the lottery to veil the true outcome until the very end. Describing the crowd coming together and conversing as though it were a Sunday dinner, outlining the calm thoughts of the bystanders as they draw cards to murder one of their own, and picturing the actions of the people as normal. The fact that these characters neither mentioned, thought of, or acted like they were about to murder a blameless woman shows the role dehumanization had played on this community. Jackson describes the conversations of the bystanders in a monotone, almost boring tone that shows how little the characters actually care

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