The Lottery Short Story

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Shirley Jackson’s comparisons

Many times, literature is used to teach a lesson or theme. In Shirley Jackson’s short stories, “The Lottery” and “The Possibility of Evil”, irony and connotative diction are both used in similar ways in both short stories to keep the reader guessing ,even though, the change in mood is different in both stories. In both stories, the protagonists both suffer terrible fates for unfortunate events. Therefore, connotative diction, irony, and mood are all used to effect the story in a negative way . Throughout both of Shirley’s short stories, she uses irony to trick the reader and audience into believing that they know what the story is about. For example, in “ The Possibility of Evil”, Jackson described the setting in a bright way when she describes, “Strangeworth’s little town looked washed and bright”(The Possibility of evil). Here, Shirley uses situational irony to make the reader believe the short story is going to be a peaceful story. However, the short story actually is a cruel story about an elderly woman who leaks rumors about individuals to certain people of interest. Another example of situational irony is used in “The Lottery” when Shirley, once again, used phrases like “ Fresh warmth of a full-summer day”(The Lottery), to lead the reader into believing the audience knows the theme and mood of the story. Once again, Jackson uses phrases like this to make the audience believe that the short story is a peaceful one. Nevertheless,

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