The Lottery By Shirley Jackson: A Literary Analysis

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Ice Cream, warm weather and summer vacation, most people are excited for summer, once June comes around, people enjoy pass times such as going to the zoo or relaxing on beaches. Meanwhile, in a village nearby, villagers are getting prepared to have their name drawn to be stoned to death by their fellow villagers. In the story “The Lottery” written by Shirley Jackson, the sky is clear on June 27th, while most mind are fogged with the thought that either themselves or a loved one might die that day. Tensions are even higher in the town where The Hunger Games, directed by Gary Ross, takes place. A similar event will soon happen here except two tributes from twelve districts will be put in an arena to fight to the death. There are many ways in …show more content…

Both stories use slips of paper with names on them and a large container to draw the winner of the drawing. In “The Lottery”, details of the box are given and the history is explained, leading up to the drawing, “Mr. Summers and Mr.Graves made up the slips of paper and put them in the box,” (Page 2 paragraph 2). The action of putting the paper in the box represents the foreshadowing of the doom to come, the killing of an innocent citizen. The box also represents everyone who is trapped inside of the tradition which was set many years ago, not being able to get out. In the same manner, during the gathering in the village in the story of The Hunger Games everyone’s name is placed in a glass bowl. With everyone in the town square and Effie Trinket on stage ready to draw a name, she reaches her hand into the bowl, showing the audience a glass bowl with slips of paper which have villagers names on it. Effie reaching into the bowl is a dramatic moment with a high level of intensity and doom. This allows the viewer to foreshadow what is going to happen. The bowl that the names are in represents the people who are stuck in the way of traditions and can not get

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