Essay On Symbolism In The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

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Symbolism can be shown in many ways, sometimes it is shown more than others. “The Lottery” is a short story by Shirley Jackson that shows what seems to be a gathering turn into something far more dark. It begins when two men, Mr. Graves and Mr. Summers, hold a gathering that involves a black box. Children gather stones into piles and then stand next to their parents waiting for the gathering to proceed, which starts off normally. Mr. Summers starts off by calling the names of all the families in the town, and tells them to pick out a slip of paper from within the box. One man in particular ends up picking a slip with a black dot, leading to his whole family having to deposit their slips back into the box and restart the process.The catch this time is the holder of the slip with the black dot is stoned to death by the other families. Jackson’s use of symbolism can be seen by the black box along with the actions of the other families throughout the story. …show more content…

The color black can generally be related to things along the lines of fear or evil. This can be seen how people seem to be afraid or nervous when handling their slips of paper. After receiving their papers, “There were men holding the small folded papers in their large hand. turning them over and over nervously” (4). This shows their hidden fear of opening up the card to see the contents. They don’t know whether or not they will see a black dot or a blank piece of paper. This can help connect with the symbolism by showing that since the dot and the box are black, it is something that the townspeople fear or do not want to see. Overall, the color of the box shows symbolism due to its connotation with fear and how it affects the rest of the people in the

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