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  • The Lottery By Shirley Jackson
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    The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson, is about a small-minded village that savors on tradition. The town holds a lottery once a year where all the families gather around in a big crowd in the Village Square. The lottery is conducted by Mr. Summers, a man who often leads the town's activities such as square dances, Halloween parties, charities, etc. In the crowd, wives gabber about the daily gossip. Fathers chat about tractors, crops, and taxes, while the kids playfully gather small smooth stones, pil...
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  • Time Of Year Time Of Day
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    In many stories, settings are constructed to help build the mood and to foreshadow of things to come. "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson is a story in which the setting sets up the reader to think of positive outcomes. However, this description of the setting foreshadows exactly the opposite of what is to come. In addition, the theme that we learn of at the end leads us to think of where the sanity of some human beings lies. The story begins with the establishment of the setting. To begin, Shirley...
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  • The Work Of Mind Shirley Jackson
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    The Work of The Mind of Shirley Jackson Shirley Jackson is the author of two very unique short stories titled The Lottery and The Possibility of Evil. She has a very odd style of writing and plot. Her themes are usually pertaining to the peculiar things that humans, the smartest being on the planet, will do upon one another. Shirley's stories are full of foreshadowing, as in the lottery... and the other boys soon followed, selecting the smoothest and roundest stones, ... (Jackson p. 33). Most of...
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  • Shirley Jackson Inanimate Object
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    The theme of violence and tradition is persuasive in the short story The Lottery written by Shirley Jackson. This theme is not a generalized theme of violence, but a theme of ritualistic violence. This violence is shown in the traditional town-wide lottery drawing that takes place on each June 27 th. However, this lottery is not to draw a winner of some great prize, but seeks to draw a loser whose life will be taken. This ritual has been practiced for so long that the townspeople are no longer a...
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  • Early 20 Th Century Shirley Jackson
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    The Lottery, written by Shirley Jackson, is a short story set around early 20 th century in a small American village. Throughout the entire story Jackson plays psychological games with the readers mind. Jackson leaves clues and symbols all through the story; however, it could be easy for a reader to not fully understand the meaning until the end. This town is very traditional and set in their ways. Every year there is a ritual they call a lottery. The word lottery portrays positive thoughts to a...
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  • Blair Witch Short Story
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    ... so 6 - Conclusion Culminating Activity Overview - Students will read "The Lottery" and respond to the themes of the story through small group discussion, and personal questions. Outcomes - -- Students will have practise in responding to themes in a short story. -- Students will be able to use prior knowledge of elements of short stories to discuss the use of suspense and drama in writing. Procedures - 1. As a class read Jackson's "The Lottery." 2. At the end of the story ask students to writ...
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  • Capitalist Society In The Lottery By Shirley Jackson
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    Shirley Jacksons, The Lottery, is a shocking story that reveals the social order and ideology of a capitalistic society. By definition, the ideal capitalistic society is an economic system based upon the concentration of wealth, and the competitive distribution of production and business to privately owned powerful representatives. This form of an ideal society is what Shirley Jackson based the small village on in The Lottery. In The Lottery, the lottery itself, serves as a democratic illusion f...
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  • Symbolism In Shirley Jacksons The Lottery
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    Symbolism in Shirley Jacksons The Lottery In short but multi-layered story The Lottery Shirley Jackson emphasizes ides and expresses feelings regarding traditional rituals. The story opens the eyes of readers to properly classify and question some of todays traditions as cruel, and simultaneously foretells the outcome of these unusual traditions. The Lottery is a short story that reveals the annual sacrifice ceremony of a fictional small town. Being a detailed narrative of the selection of the p...
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  • Lottery By Shirley Jackson
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    Lottery by Shirley Jackson Shirley Jackson is a famous American writer. She was a master of short stories and novels. All her works are considered to rather strange, odd and deathly. They are filled with sense of doom, despair with inevitable horrific ending. But her novels and stories are framed by ordinary characters and surrounding. (Friedman 1975) It is known that practically all of her stories are connected with psychological and supernatural factors, with terror and identity. For example, ...
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  • Jackson Nest
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    Shirley Jackson was born in San Francisco, California on December 14, 1916. Jackson began writing in journals at a very young age. She took an interest in the supernatural at as a child as this 1933 New Year? s Resolution shows; ? seek out the good in others rather than explore the evil? (Ragland). Jackson started college at the University of Rochester. She dropped out of school, and transferred to Syracuse University, in the fall. At Syracuse University, she met her husband Stanley Edgar Hyman....
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  • Younger Generation Shirley Jackson
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    Drawing Names in The Lottery The common curse of mankind, folly and ignorance, Shakespeare once wrote. This quotation strengthens Shirley Jackson s ideas in The Lottery, as she very distinctly uses symbolic names for her characters to show the ignorance of the sacrificial lottery the small village holds year after year. These sacrifices, which used to be held to appease the god of harvest, have grown meaningless in their culture. Jackson uses the characters not only to visualize the story for th...
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  • True Meaning Shirley Jackson
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    The true meaning Forgotten Forgotten The true meaning of most traditional rituals, that I am familiar with, are forgotten and replaced with something distorted. In fact, in the story, ? The Lottery? by Shirley Jackson, the true meaning of the lottery? s ritual is forgotten. But on the other hand, violence still remains a very remembered role in this gruesome lottery. The true meaning of the lottery? s ritual is forgotten as is with the sport of boxing and Christmas. First, boxing matches are an ...
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  • Hawthorne Young Goodman Brown Nathaniel Hawthorne
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    Conformity, perhaps the most cumbersome of all social pressures, appears many times throughout Literature. For instance, in Nathaniel Hawthorne s Young Goodman Brown, the element of conformity appears, as an excuse for the main character to engage in conduct that he realizes is wrong. In Shirley Jackson s The Lottery, conformity appears in a very different aspect. In this story, we venture into a seemingly average village to learn how the pressure to conform can be so powerful that people, who w...
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  • Time Of Year Time Of Day
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    Irony of Setting in The Lottery Irony of The Setting in The Lottery The setting set forth by Shirley Jackson in the beginning of The Lottery creates a mood of peacefulness and tranquillity. This setting also creates an image in the mind of the reader, the image of a typical town on a normal summer day. Furthermore, Shirley Jackson uses the setting in The Lottery to foreshadow an ironic ending. First, Shirley Jackson begins The Lottery by establishing the setting. To begin, she tells the reader w...
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  • People Of The Town Story The Reader
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    The Lottery, a short story written by Shirley Jackson, is a tale of disturbing evilness. The setting is a small village consisting of about 300 residents. On June 27 th of every year the members of the community hold a village-wide lottery in which everyone is expected to participate. Throughout the story the reader gets an odd feeling regarding the residents. Although they are gathering for a lottery drawing there is an air of nervousness about the event. From start to finish there is an overwh...
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  • Jackson Feelings
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    Shirley Jackson? s, The Lottery, has raised questions in the back of every reader? s mind towards the destructive yet blind rituals of mankind. A reflection of ourselves is what we see when looking through the pond of Jackson? s mind. The Lottery clearly expressed Jackson? s feelings concerning traditional rituals through her story, opened the eyes of its readers to properly classify and question some of today? s traditions as cruel, and allowed room to foretell the outcome of these unusual trad...
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  • Birth And Death Shirley Jackson
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    The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson, is a short story written to shock the storys readers with a graphic demonstration of the pointless violence and general inhumanity in their own lives. Upon first reading The Lottery, it seems to flow smoothly to a surprise ending. But with closer review, the story consists of many objects that hint at what will happen. Throughout the entire story, there is a feeling that something terrible will happen due to the authors in depth use of foreshadowing. The Lottery ...
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  • Creates This Irony Upbeat Tone Reader
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    In the short story The Lottery by Shirley Jackson, setting plays an important key role. It creates irony because the ending of the story completely contradicts the upbeat impression that the reader gets all throughout it. Jackson creates this irony very well in her writing. She keeps it going throughout the whole story. Jackson could have easily made the setting a cloudy, rainy, winter day. Weather would have aided the reader to predict the tragic end. The readers might feel that this would be a...
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  • Stoned To Death Shirley Jackson
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    The Lottery by Shirley Jackson is a short story that without the symbolism of its characters, would amount to little more than an odd tale about a stoning. However, because of what each character represents and the way the setting helps to magnify those representations, it becomes a short story that is anything but short of meaning. The first character is probably the most obviously symbolic character of the story. Every word that leaves Old Man Warners Mouth reeks of tradition. He never stops c...
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  • Story Takes Place Shirley Jackson
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    April Rangel English 1302 Lola King October 5, 2000 OUTLINE Thesis: The short story The Lottery by Shirley Jackson found in Perrines Literature written by Thomas R. Arp is a story full of symbolism. I. Names are used to represent different aspects of the story. a. Mr. Summers is a bright and cheerful man. His attitude, demeanor, and name represent the summer. Mr. Graves name represents what is about to happen. They are sending someone to their grave. These names are obvious as to what they mean....
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