Examples Of Irony In The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

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Short Stories often contain literary elements that pull the story together. Examples of this is in the short stories “The Possibility of Evil” and “The Lottery” both by the author Shirley Jackson. These two short stories use literary elements that can be compared and contrasted throughout their plots. In these short stories, Shirley Jackson uses irony, characters, and mood. In “The Lottery” and “The Possibility of Evil”, Jackson uses irony with two of her main characters. In “The Lottery” Tessie Hutchinson is used as an example of irony by how at the beginning of the story she was so happy and ready for the lottery to begin, “Clean forgot what day it was’, she said to Miss Delacroix, who stood next to her, and they both laughed softly”. By the end of the story she was yelling about how the lottery was unfair and declared they got to go again, “You didn't give him him time enough to take any paper he wanted. I saw you. It wasn't fair”. This shows irony because it's ironic that she went from loving the lottery to hating it all because she was the one to be picked to win. In “The Possibility of Evil”, Miss Strangeworth is an example of irony because she seems so sweet and nice at the beginning and everyone seems to really love and enjoy her presence, but really she has been sending everyone in town nasty letters about assumptions she makes about the evil in the world and the evil in the people in the town, “... then remembered three people would open her letters. Harsh, perhaps, at first, but wickedness was never easily banished”. This is ironic because she was such a sweet old lady whom everyone liked and it turns out that she was the mysterious wicked person to be ruining lives in the town. Irony played a big role in both of Shirley Jackson's short stories. A literary element the two short stories do not share is the type of characters Jackson uses. In “The Lottery” Tessie Hutchinson is a dynamic character who seems to change throughout the story.n For example, at the beginning she was happy and ready for the lottery to begin compared to the ending where she was against the lottery hoping for it to end and for everyone to start over. In “The Possibility of Evil” Miss Strangeworth is a round character who has
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