1 February 2018
Duplicity in “The Lottery”
Duplicity in literature is defined as a contradictory doubleness of thought, speech, or action. In many works of literature, this can be seen when one character in the story tricks another or when the reader believes there would be a totally different outcome of what actually happens. In a story, an author may be so witty with their play on words that they could falsely led the reader to a conclusion that is totally different of what’s about to happen. Most authors use this type of literary device to engage the audience and by doing this it enhances the readers ability to interpret the text. An author that did a phenomenal job at doing so is Shirley Jackson, writer of “The Lottery”. In this short story, there was a major plot twist that was very controversial during the time period it was written, making the role of duplicity play a very crucial segment of the story.
There is one particular account of duplicity that is very evident, which is the ending of the story. The story begins with the author describing in detail the day, “The morning of June 27th was clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a full-summer day; the flowers were blossoming profusely, and the grass was richly green (Jackson 1).” So, from this, the reader should begin to infer that it was about to be a good day. Jackson goes on to tell how the village
began to gather, people were conversing, and children were running around gathering rocks. From the title “The Lottery”, and with the beginning of the story, the reader could also infer that people that won the lottery were going to win some kind of incentive since everyone was so excited to meet at the town square for this annual drawing.
As the story progresses, we see different characters come to light and one in particular that is a very vital part of the story, Tessie Hutchinson. When she arrived, it didn’t seem as if she was scared or nervous, it was almost as if it was a regular day even though the characters knew what kind of lottery it was; it just wasn’t recognized by the audience yet. Tickets begin to get passed out...