The Lottery Rhetorical Analysis

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The lottery a short story by Shirley Jackson reflects human's deepest nature on tradition. Jackson uses routineness as a way of illustrating the festival like qualities of the annual lottery. The setting of vibrant colors in the short story conveys peaceful tone.The characters are portrayed as loving and caring. The ideas of a festival like lottery, a homey setting and, the peoples actions all help develop the bigger thesis. Shirley Jackson in her short story the “The Lottery,” uses quite ordinary language and details about the people, the lottery, and the setting to create a “normal” tone that initially disguises her theme that mankind behave primitively.
One of Jackson's big developments is that the people in the lottery are akin to you and I. An example to how the characters in the lottery are equivalent to us are the boys playing. In the Lottery Jackson writes about the boys playing with stones. In my experience I have seen young children like my cousins pick up stones and throw them. Young kids like to pay especially outside in reality and this is reflected in the children of the lottery. The men in the story talk in a habitual manner. Jackson writes “Soon the men began to gather..speaking of planting and rain, tractors and taxes. They stood together... their jokes were quiet and they smiled rather than laughed.” Using the examples of jokes and small talk Jackson portrays the men as manly and discuss man centered things like vehicle and farming. The use of men talking to pass time is just another way for Jackson to convey normalcy. The use of women's gossip is used to portray a standard. The gossip is written in paragraph 3 “They greeted one another and exchanged bits of gossip as they went to join their husbands” which states the women's competition. Gossip in its conventional sense is usually done between friends or at the very least two people who trust each other. Jackson uses gossip as a bonding tool to show how close the people are to create a further surprise irony to the brutality. The activities that take place in the recreational center are parallel to those of a quaint small town. The brutality and barbaric nature of the lottery “was conducted--as were the square dances, the teen club, the
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