Looks can be deceiving as shown In Shirley Jackson’s fiction short stories, “The Possibility of Evil” ,and “The Lottery”. In these stories there are both similarities and differences. In both short stories there is an unexpected ending. Although both endings are very different in many ways. Literary devices that are used in both stories also show great similarities, and differences. Irony is a literary device that is used in both stories. A quote in “The Lottery” reads, “Thought we were going to have to get on without you Tessie”. This quote shows that Tessie a loud, cheerful lady in town is late to the drawing for the lottery. Which is ironic because Tessie, who is late, actually wins the lottery and as her prize she is sadly stoned to death by the people of the town. In the “Possibility of Evil” it states “When she came into the grocery, half a dozen people turned away from the shelves and the counters to wave at her or call out good morning”. This specific quote is describing Miss Strangeworth, and how everyone in town knows her, and loves her presence. The quote shows irony because while everyone in town thinks she is nice and friendly, she is actually causing drama by writing letters about people in town. Based off only of suspicions. These two quotes showing irony are similar because in “The Lottery”, Tessie is clueless of what is to happen just like the town is clueless in “The Possibility of Evil”. Tessie isn't expecting herself to win the lottery/die just like
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This is ironic because while Miss Strangeworth wakes up and believes it’s just another ordinary day, the reader knows that something big is going to happen. Therefore, the stories differ because the type of irony used at the ends evoke different feelings and emotions from the reader. For example, the situational irony would cause immediate shock, while the dramatic irony would cause feelings of eagerness, while waiting for the story to play out.
Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown” and Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” both tell stories using literary techniques of tone, symbolism, and irony that help to convey stories that leave the reader baffled by their ending. Although Hawthorne and Jackson utilize these literary techniques in a different way, both of the stories end with a sense of darkness.
Shirley Jackson is often regarded as one of the most brilliant authors of the twentieth century. Born in San Francisco in 1916, she spent the majority of her adolescence writing short stories and poetry (Allen). While she is known best for her supernatural stories, one of her most popular works is a short story called “The Lottery”. The lottery takes place in a small village in which once a year on June 24th, the town population is gathered. After the gathering, there is a drawing to see which family is chosen, after the family is chosen, another drawing takes place to see who is stoned to death. In the New Yorker's magazine book review hailed “The Lottery” as “one of the most haunting and shocking short stories of modern America and is one of the most frequently anthologized” (Jackson). This review stems heavily from Jackson’s brilliant use of irony, symbolism, and foreshadowing. However, perhaps what truly stands out is how Jackson is able to wrap all of those elements together as a way to show an overarching theme of the corruption that exists in human nature. While the real source of “The Lottery’s” inspiration is unclear, there has been heavy speculation that the roots lie heavily in the actions of the holocaust and the actions that took place during World War II. Regardless of the source material, a general consensus can be made that the plot of the lottery is a dark reflection of human actions.
One example of irony in “The Possibility of Evil” is that throughout most of the short story, Miss Strangeworth, the protagonist who writes judgemental letters to people, is portrayed as a friendly lady, but by the end it is shown how rude she truly is. This example reveals that Shirley Jackson is using irony to appeal to the reader because it tricks the reader into thinking that Miss Strangeworth is nice when really she is not, which keeps the reader on their feet. In “The Lottery” the author also uses irony to make the story more entertaining. The story is ironic because the title has a positive connotation, connected to winning money, but in the story, winning the lottery is actually a way of choosing a human sacrifice in the town. Shirley Jackson perfectly tells the story by slowly revealing the irony in it. In the beginning of the story, she wrote, “Bobby Martin ducked under his mother’s grasping hand and ran, laughing, back to the pile of stones” (Jackson 3). This gives a hint to the irony that is exposed by the end and also makes the reader question the story. “The Lottery” and “The Possibility of Evil” both appear to be innocent storylines, but Shirley Jackson uses irony to change that and give a twist to both narratives.
In Shirley Jackson’s short story the Lottery and Flannery O’Conner’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find”, there are a few aspects of a similar nature that attempt to tackle the nature essence of the human condition. Both short stories respectively portray two similar types of foreshadowing where one is random the other is premeditated, which leads these stories to their very surprising dramatic climax that is held until the end of each story. I believe that these important variables of both stories have a strong influence on the reader’s objectification regarding the way each story presents the idea of the human condition.
In literature, many authors love for throw an unexpected twist as the end. Shirley Jackson is no exception. In the short stories “The Lottery” and “The Possibility of Evil” by Shirley Jackson both take twist that the reader doesn’t expect. In “The Lottery” a small town gathers to draw a winner; however Tessie Hutchinson is not delighted to be the winner. Also in “The Possibility of Evil” another small town has an unexpected villain who resides on Pleasant St. Shirley Jackson uses literary devices to depict twist at the end of her short stories because she used literary devices such as syntax, irony and mood.
In the short story, “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson the change in tone shifts over time starting with a gleeful and sunny beginning turning to a ghastly and horrifying story towards the resolution. The author shifts her tone in order to make a more dramatic ending that will stick with the reader, the ending transforms the short story from realism to symbolism so that the readers can further use this story in a real world context.
“A stone hit her on the side of the head. "It isn't fair, it isn't right," Mrs. Hutchinson screamed, and then they were upon her” (34). “The Lottery” is a short story written by Shirley Jackson which, sparked controversy when published in the June 26, 1948 issue of the New Yorker. Jackson used several different literary devices to support her theme that people who don’t question tradition get what they deserve. The literary devices Jackson uses to support the theme of ‘The Lottery’ are irony, foreshadowing, and pacing.
In her story “The Lottery”, Shirley Jackson manages to catch the readers’ attention and ultimately shock them with an unexpected ending; all of which help her emphasize her critique toward the dark side of human nature and the evil that resides, sometimes, in those who we less expect it from. Jackson uses symbolism throughout the story that helps her set the mood and also makes the readers wonder and analyze the senseless violence and cruelty in their own lives.
Shirley Jackson is to be considered one of the best authors of the 1900’s. Her style of writing reeled in readers from all different ages. She can be creepy, hilarious, and inspiring to the eyes that see her words. In Shirley Jackson’s short story, The Lottery, she keeps the reader on the edge of their seat wanting to continue reading beyond the final word. She uses literary devices to shape her story to grab her readers attention all throughout the story. By using these literary devices, Shirley Jackson shows off her dark and twisted side as well as her fantastic writing style to emphasize why she is one of the writers of her generation.
First Jackson presents use with irony in both short stories but with different meanings. In “The Lottery” Tessie, daughter of Bill Hutchinson, spoke up about the winner of the lottery, “You didn’t give him time enough to take any paper he wanted. I saw you. It wasn’t fair!” This immediately
Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” is a terrify story about a small town and their traditions. The Ending of the lottery is the most shocking many of its readers have ever read. Why is it so shocking. Well Shirley jackson uses sybolism and simple narritive and her normal life to convey such a shock.
The author of “The Lottery” Shirley Jackson decided it was important to write this short story in order to inform the readers about another dimension, where a certain common tradition gets prized with something obscure. Some readers can be shocked when reading this story, because they might be surprised and even shocked with the themes that play along in the storyline. This short story “The Lottery” was so controversial at the time, because in the date it was published in June 24, 1948 there were so many themes from the stories that could relate to past events or even event that were taking place at the time.
"The Lottery," a short story written by Shirley Jackson, is a tale about an inhumane
On the outside, the average human being appears to be kind and friendly, but beneath that shell lies the true characteristics of man. Buried beneath that put on act there is an evil that lies within. This evil is unmasked by the qualities of pride and selfishness. No matter the being, everybody is selfish in his or her own way and concerned mostly with his or her own well-being. This can result in searching for a scapegoat when things turn bad. In Shirley Jackson’s short story, “The Lottery,” these characteristics of the evil tendency, selfishness, and scapegoating prevail, revealing to the world the dark nature of mankind.