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  • The Lottery, By Shirley Jackson

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    On the surface, Shirley Jackson’s short story, “The Lottery,” reads as a work of horror. There is a village that holds an annual lottery where the winner is stoned to death so the village and its people could prosper. Some underlying themes include: the idea that faith and tradition are often followed blindly, and those who veer away from tradition are met with punishment, as well as the idea of a herd mentality and bystander apathy. What the author manages to do successfully is that she actually

  • The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

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    In 1948 Shirley Jackson composed the controversial short story “The Lottery.” Generally speaking, a title such as “The Lottery” is usually affiliated with an optimistic outlook. However, Jackson’s approach is quite unorthodox and will surely leave readers contemplating the intent of her content. The story exposes a crude, senseless lottery system in which random villagers are murdered amongst their peers. Essentially, the lottery system counteracts as a form of population control, but negatives easily

  • The Lottery, By Shirley Jackson

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    Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” illustrates several aspects of the darker side of human nature. The townspeople in Jackson’s “The Lottery” unquestioningly adhere to a tradition which seems to have lost its relevance in their lives. The ritual that is the lottery shows how easily and willingly people will give up their free will and suspend their consciences to conform to tradition and people in authority. The same mindless complacency and obedience shown by the villagers in Jackson’s story are seen

  • The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

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    prize wasn’t cash or your dream boat? What if it entailed a city wide gathering in your name with the intentions of you getting stoned? That doesn’t seem like a dream come true. That is exactly what happens in the short story “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson. This horrific tale is about a mass city wide gathering where everyone participates in the ritualistic stoning of one of their citizens. This short story is the perfect example for learning about group violence, and is ideal for teaching children

  • The Lottery, By Shirley Jackson

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    Shirley Jackson was a master of modern gothic fiction and wrote of the essentially evil nature of human beings. The major focus of her work is to emphasize the psychological dimension of experience and the absolute isolation of a human. Shirley Jackson also believes and suggests that humanity must continue to try to define its own reality, and strive to survive with nobility. Her most famous piece of work “The Lottery,” depicts the cruelty and brutality of humanity in the mass and insensitivity of

  • The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

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    that made you question your entire life? How would you react? A suspenseful gothic thriller told in fewer than 4,000 words, filled with excitement and eeriness, leaving the reader speechless. The Lottery , a short story written by famous writer Shirley Jackson, created an uproar on June 26, 1948, when it was published in the magazine The New Yorker (Ball). The gothic thriller, set in an unknown time and place, shares the tradition of a small town, a little larger than three hundred people, in which

  • The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

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    Marina Grishechkina Professor Abbott English 126 April 6, 2016 “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson “The Lottery” introduces the reader to a cruel ritual of the village where people gather together to participate in the annual elimination of a random villager. Superficially friendly mood in the town at the beginning of the story was replaced by hostile and violent human behavior at the end. Warm and sunny summer morning did

  • The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

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    often than not, people in high position of power take part in cruel acts that force many other to turn a blind eye. A prime example, would be World War II and the power of the Nazi army. Of course situation like these are not always fictional. In Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery,” the people of the town submit to their economic status and knowingly turn a blind eye to the despicable actions that take place in their town. This suggests that “The Lottery” can be view through the Historical and Marxist

  • The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson

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    frowned upon for doing so. In Shirley Jacksons “The Lottery” she does exactly that by portraying themes like the inhumanity of violence and the tendency people have to follow traditions even when they do not agree with them. In a short biography about Jackson it says “The story was met with an avalanche of feedback, including hate mail and cancelled subscriptions. Many folks interpreted the story as an attack on the values of small towns America” (“The Shirley Jackson Page at American Literature”)

  • The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

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    Challenging “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson In "The Lottery" Shirley Jackson fills her story with many literary elements to mask the evil. The story demonstrates how it is in human nature to blindly follow traditions. Even though some people have no idea why they follow these traditions. The title of the story plays a role in how Shirley Jackson used some literary elements to help mask the evils and develop the story. The title “The Lottery” serves as an allegory. When people think of the lottery