The Lottery By Shirley Jackson Essay

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Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”, is a short story that was written in the 1948 issue of The New Yorker. The short-story is based on a fictional small town that holds a yearly lottery that determines the future of one of its citizens. After this dark short-story was released, it received multiple negative reviews and caused several readers to cancel their subscriptions with The New Yorker. Although the future of one of the citizens is not vividly described, the reader gets a clear understanding of it. Throughout the short-story, the authors choice of not releasing the meaning of the lottery, the tradition’s history, and overall betrayal, leave the story to be open to interpretation by the readers. Shirley Jackson was born in San Francisco on December 14, 1916. Growing up, Jackson struggled with her physical appearance causing her to lack confidence. Unable to fit in with the rest of children, Jackson relied on writing short stories for comfort. After transferring to Syracuse University due to being harshly judged by professors in her previous university, Jackson joined the campus literacy magazine where she met her husband. Together they had four children and lived in a quiet rural community in Vermont. Jacksons reputation as a master of the horror tale began after “The Lottery” was published. This short-story although it is open to interpretation, it is often defined as a story with a dark meaning. The story begins with the author giving a vivid description of the day;

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