Evil Lurking Within Essay

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The short stories 'The Lottery' and 'The Possibility of Evil' by Shirley Jackson expose the wickedness of human nature. Shirley Jackson displays that human beings have immorality lurking within them, and that immorality is a driving force that causes people to find enjoyment and pleasure out of the evil and horrid things found in life. Shirley Jackson shows evil in a way that most readers wouldn't expect. The evil in her stories do not come from a super villain; the evil portrayed in her stories lie within all her characters. Her writing implies that everyone is capable of acting evil; it is a part of human nature.

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"Bobby Martin had already stuffed his pockets full of stones" Bobby Martin is portrayed as a menacing character, knowing that the rocks he is collecting will soon be the cause of another person's death. "Bobby Martin ducked under his mother's grasping hand and ran, laughing, back to his pile of stones." he views the human sacrifice as a game, not wanting to leave his rocks untended for something might happen to them. It is told again that the children are the first to be assembled prepared with their stones in their hands after Tessie Hutchinson has won the lottery "the children had stones already." Even Davy Hutchinson who was too young to pick his ballet from the box was given stones to throw at his own mother "someone gave little Davy Hutchinson few pebbles." evil lies within the human race, however it may not always be apparent until later in life. Shirley Jackson implies that even the "purest" of people such as children may act wicked when they please.

Shirley Jackson implies that underneath one's outward congeniality, there may be lurking a pure evil. Mrs. Delacroix represents the worst possible of the human race. The irony used in her name, which is meant "from the cross" in the French language. " "Clean forget what day it was" Mrs. Hutchinson said to Mrs. Delacroix, who stood next to her and they both laughed softly." here Mrs, Delacroix is found socializing with Tessie...

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