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Theme Of Irony In The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

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Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be stoned to death or to have your most prized possession ruined? Well, Shirley Jackson in her fictional short stories, The Lottery and The Possibility of Evil, uses many literary devices — such as irony, structure, and symbols — to convey these feelings to create a mood of suspense. Shirley Jackson’s works are similar through their structure and use of symbols but they are different because of their uses of irony. Jackson’s works create the same suspense using different types of irony. In The Lottery jackson uses verbal irony in just the title alone (The Lottery). The title is an example of verbal irony because the average person views a lottery as some lucky person winning something good whereas in Jackson’s story it means that someone is winning their death bed for sacrifice reasons. This reason makes the the two stories different because in The Possibility of Evil Jackson uses a different type of irony, situational irony. Towards the end of the story, when the town is getting revenge on Miss Strangeworth, Miss Strangeworth receives a note that reads, “LOOK OUT AT WHAT USED TO BE YOUR ROSES” (Possibility of Evil p.7). This is an example of situational irony because Miss Strangeworth was supposed to be the one writing mean letters, but instead she received a letter exactly like hers, written on common paper with capital letters, that was mean towards her. In conclusion, The Lottery differs from The Possibility of Evil because The
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