The Truth Uncovered: "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson

616 WordsFeb 21, 20182 Pages
A small town with big problems is a great way to describe the kind of town used as a setting in “The Lottery”. The town is a covered up mess and consists of horrible, low-down events. For example, some member of the town just cold-heartedly devoured a member of their own community. It all began when the villagers of the small town gathered together in the town square on a beautiful, sunny day for the town’s annual lottery. The author of this short story, Shirley Jackson, is an American author from San Francisco who received an increasing amount of attention from literary critics. Shirley Jackson develops her theme that things are not always as they seem in he short story “The Lottery” through the use of mood, symbolism, and characterization. The use of symbolism in the short story is a huge factor considering the three-legged stool, the black box, and the stones being used in the story to represent something. First the three-legged stool represents three aspects of Christianity trinity, God the father, God the son, and God the Holy Spirit. “The use of the stool to support the black box thus represents the manipulation of religion to support collective violence” (Nebeker). Next the black box represents tradition. “No one liked to upset even as much tradition as was represented by the black box” (Jackson 5). Lastly the stones represent a token of preposterous time. Being stoned is a horrible way to think of dying. It is also always a very publicized death .The stones were not

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