The Lottery Short Story

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In the two short stories, “The Lottery” and “The Possibility of Evil”, by Shirley Jackson, the literary elements of irony, mood, and foreshadowing are shown throughout the story. The use of these elements help to show how the two stories are both similar and different. The feeling of evil throughout both stories is present, but only in the slightest of ways until the end. The three elements help to show the significance and message of each story. A major way Jackson hints at the aspect of evil is the use of irony in the two short stories. In, “The Lottery”, she goes on to describe the lottery taking place in the small town as a good thing. It wasn’t until the end when she states, “Bill Hutchinson forced the slip of paper out of [Tessie’s] hand. It had a black spot on it… the pile of stones the boys had made earlier was ready”, that the irony had really set in. It seemed like a good thing for the lottery to be held in the beginning, but at the end, it was revealed that it was the one thing you didn’t want to win. For something that seems like a good idea to end up with a completely different ending is a great way Jackson used irony. In the other story, “The Possibility of Evil”, Jackson goes on to describe the main character, Miss Strangeworth, as a very kind and helpful person who, “had to stop every minute or so to say good morning to someone or to ask after someone’s health”. Jackson makes her seem like such a nice person until she revealed that Miss Strangeworth had been,
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