Literary Analysis Of ' The Lottery ' By Shirley Jackson

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Literary Analysis: “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson

“The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson is a short story written in 1948. Due to World War II ending around this time, her story took some strong criticism. The people at that time wanted uplifting stories, and this story is the very opposite because of its underlying theme of tradition and conformity. “The Lottery” shows that no matter the tradition or belief, people will not stray from their daily routine because humans are creatures of habit, and are scared to wonder from what we know. Jackson writes by providing the reader with little details at first.Then making the reader put the information all together to come to the conclusion that people will never change. Jackson then creates symbols of tradition and conformity by adding details, using specific objects, and”The Lottery” itself.

There are many details in this story which reflects each character, the scene, and the overall theme. In the very beginning Jackson states, “The morning of June 27th was clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a full summer day; the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green.” Jackson is setting the scene with many adjectives.This quote from the story is a clear depiction of realism; and how Jackson shows the reader the shift between realism and symbolism from the beginning to the end. Jackson is using personification to connect the reader to this environment. All of these so called “good” words…

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