The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

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The Lottery by Shirley Jackson uses extensive symbols and metaphors. It is a short story which has been equally appreciated as well as rejected by audience. The main themes of this story are those of tradition and scapegoat. The story begins with the author informing the reader about the time the lottery is going to begin by using certain phrases like “tractors and taxes” (Jackson, 76). Furthermore, the writer narrates the dress of Mr. Summers to be a “clean white shirt and blue jeans” (Jackson 78) which further supports the arrival of the lottery.
The short story has several religious and traditional symbolism and metaphors which forewarn the reader about the horror which is yet to come. One of the most important elements in this story is played by the name Delacroix. The story further maintains that the villagers wrongly pronounced the name Delacroix as Dellacroy. Delacroix in the French language literally reads of “of the Cross” (Servo 183). The apparent mistake in the pronunciation exerts the possible botching of the comprehension of the villagers towards Crucification. This mistake further leads to the idea that he villagers confuse with the religious rites and rituals conducted by the Egyptians and the Hebrews to take the shape of the bloodless human sacrifice in The Lottery. In this context, the author uses foreshadowing so that the reader is prepared to face the horror. The first instance of foreshadowing appears in the second paragraph with the words “Bobby Martin…

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