The Lottery, By Shirley Jackson

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“The Lottery,” which is a famous short story written by Shirley Jackson in 1948, described the view of an annual lottery event in a small village. In the beginning of the story, on June 27 in each summer, the lottery occurs; all people in the village gather at the spare, and they express their excitement to find out the winner of the lottery. However, there is a totally surprising ending in the story of Shirley Jackson. The prize of the lottery is not any money or gift, which we expect. It is the death by throwing stones at Tessie Hutchinson, the person who wins the black spot on the lottery ticket. In “The Lottery,” the author created many significant symbols to draw a picture of the traditional, but bizarre lottery. These three symbols, which contribute to express the cruelty of the blind belief in fogy custom of the village, are the meaningful name of the story, “The Lottery,” the black spot on the winning ticket and the stones. First of all, when people mention the lottery, they think it is a cheerful event which brings hope, happiness, and even a new better life for anyone who wins it. It makes the lottery become a universal symbol of joy and luckiness. In contrast to this positive image, the lottery in the story represents an opposite and negative scene which is chaotic and bloody. The lottery of Shirley Jackson turns to be a conventional symbol of the extraordinary, cruel and out-dated tradition which is inherited by many generations throughout the years. The

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