The Lottery Situational Analysis

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“The Lottery” is a short story written by Shirley Jackson about a small village that does a lottery with a horrid result. The story first starts out with all the people at the town square waiting for the lottery, an annual tradition to start. Once the lottery starts the head of all the households must go to the box to select a slip of paper for their family, in which the Hutchinsons win, then have to select another piece of paper for each family member. Tessie Hutchinson picks the slip of paper with the black dot, which meant that she was going to get stoned to death by the rest of the villagers. There were many themes in The Lottery but Shirley Jackson emphasizes the theme of tradition through the whole story. Tradition should not be done if it cause harm to someone. Jackson’s use of tone, situational irony, and symbolism helps emphasize the theme of tradition. Jackson’s use of tone conveys the theme of tradition to the reader. “The people of the village began to gather in the square, between the post office and the bank”(Jackson 25). The example gives a positive tone to the reader because the people of the village are spending time together. The reader would assume that this is a peaceful village from the positive tone that is conveyed but in turn they are setting up for death. Jackson writes,”School was recently over for the summer and the feeling of liberty sat uneasily on most of them”(25). A positive tone is conveyed in this quote because the children have started
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