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Literary Analysis Of The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

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Shirley Jackson’s: The Lottery In the short story "The Lottery," Shirley Jackson uses figurative language, symbolism, and irony to reveal her theme that things are not always what they seem to be. In this shocking short story, she reveals the corruption of human nature by telling of the ceremony they call “The lottery”. Shirley Jackson uses the setting to create her mood and atmosphere throughout the story. Shirley begins her story by using imagery to give life to her setting “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. ” (par. 1) Shirley conveys her of a small town feel by showing the innocence of the story when mentioning, “... the square dances, the teen club, the Halloween program …” (par. 4) being held in the same square as the lottery.
In “The Lottery” Shirley Jackson mentions a box that is used for the drawing of the lottery.The black box, “holding everyone's future” is an example of symbolism. The black box represents a new beginning, or in this instance the end. Though it represents symbolism, it is also tied to tradition. Shirley Jackson describes tradition in the story as an unsuitable act for society and as if “the lottery” should be done away with. Thus revealing the struggle of Tradition VS. Man. Jackson reveals, “There was a story that the present box had been made with some pieces of the box that had preceded it, the one that had been
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