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The Lottery Short Story Analysis

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People generally have a way of doing things without realizing they are accomplishing multiple tasks with similar characteristics. The short stories “The Lottery” and “The Possibility of Evil” written by Shirley Jackson have numerous comparable storylines as well as a couple of variances that distinguish the two. Both stories contain a female protagonist that faces tragic irony leaving both characters in unfortunate situations. The stories have a great amount of similarities in literary devices like irony and diction with some differences in tone and theme.
Shirley Jackson’s unique short stories convey a situational type of irony on the protagonists. “The Lottery” starts the story on a “fresh warm full summer day (The Lottery 1)” while “The Possibility of Evil” starts out in a “little town… [on a] summer day (The Possibility of Evil).” These stories paint the image of a lovely day having the reader feel a positive connotation. There is a twist of fate; “The Lottery” has a female protagonist, Tessie that is making jokes while running late to the town’s meeting. As luck has it she wins the lottery; which we associate with winning something good, she claims that “it wasn’t fair (The Lottery 5),” We later find out that on this beautiful day Tessie is going to be sacrificed for quality crops during winter. This creates situational irony since the readers expect Tessie to receive something spectacular from the lottery; that will be an advantage to herself and her family. However,
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