The Lottery

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Terrionna Bryant
November 23, 2013
Freshman English 101
Instructor Mccray
Shirley Jackson was one of the most brilliant and influential authors of the twentieth century. She was born in San Francisco on December 14, 1916, where she spent her childhood writing poetry and short stories. She attended the Syracuse University where she later met her soon-to-be husband, young aspiring literary critic Stanley Edgar Hyman. Throughout the years Shirley went on to create several novels, one in particular is The Lottery. In The Lottery Shirley uses irony to provide readers with a twisted tale that shocks readers in the end. The plot as a whole is filled with ironic twists. All of the villagers seemed to act very nonchalant considering the seriousness of the consequences of the lottery. We see how the villagers of the small New England town abandon their normal lives to gather and conduct their annual lottery. The townspeople prepare themselves by gathering many rocks for the ceremony as if this was a day to day activity. The sole purpose for the lottery is for human sacrifice which was suggested that the townspeople feared that their crops will not be full and hearty. Shirley Jackson proves that the villagers don’t plan on ending the traditional ceremony which has a long history. Even after hearing the other towns ending the lottery, he dismisses them as “crazy fools,” and states that if the lottery stops, they will be forced to eat “chickweed and acorns.” What’s so ironic about The Lottery is that it is so deeply embedded in the townspeople and even though they can’t remember the original reason for the lottery they continue to hold on anyhow. According to the dictionary lottery means to distribute something among people by lot or by chance and the lucky winner of the lottery reaps the benefits of his/her luck and wins the prize of whatever being drawn. However, in…...

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