The Allegorical Nature of The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson

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Hit it! Hit it! Hit it! Don’t lose your aim, because if you lose it, you lose the way. A birthday party without a piñata just doesn't seem to be a birthday party. There's a joy that tiptoes up and takes over the whole party when the expectation of candy, the ability for young children to handle a bat and destroy something, and parents can mess with the little children. The element of danger and malice all in good fun is in the air and it makes a giddy happiness that is addictive to the point where they are giggling and laughing before they know they are or the reason why they are. Handling a bat blindfolded while laughing hysterically is a time that nobody should miss. In “The Lottery,” by Shirley Jackson, things are done the way they have always been done, even if there is no reason why. Certain people remember where the rituals created, and certain people seem to know why they are important. Yet tradition is important, so they continue. “The Lottery” is an excellent example of an allegorical short story. Jackson uses symbolism through the description of the characters, significant objects, and the actions in the story.
Consider two important symbols in the story—the box and the stool. The postmaster, Mr. Summers, followed by Mr. Graves, carried the three-legged stool and put it in the center of the square. He set the black box down on it. The old box is black. Black is associated with power, elegance, formality, death, evil, and mystery. Neither the box nor the stool
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