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The Irony in 'The Lottery'Shirley Jackson wrote the story 'The Lottery.' A lottery is typically thought of assomething good because it usually involves winning something such as money or prizes. Inthis lottery it is not what they win but it is what is lost. Point of views, situations, and thetitle are all ironic to the story 'The Lottery.'The point of view in 'The Lottery' is ironic to the outcome. Jackson used thirdperson dramatic point of view when writing 'The Lottery.' The third person dramaticpoint of view allowed the author to keep the outcome of the story a surprise. Theoutcome is ironic because the readers are led to believe everything is fine because we donot really know what
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Irony in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
“The Lottery” is full of irony. Shirley Jackson most likely intended to use this amount of irony to make the over all story funny in its twisted theme. Each layer of irony used, prepared the reader to have the most dramatic reaction to the last and final blow that wrapped the whole story up.
I would say the most major and obvious type of irony used here was situational irony. Jackson knew that what most peoples’ impression of the lottery is winning money or something good. She played on that and turned it into something completely opposite. Giving her story kick and uniqueness.
However, there was other more minor but
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In Shirley Jackson's short story "The Lottery", she uses many literary devices. However the most prevalent are irony and symbolism. Jackson uses irony and symbolism to illustrate the underlying darker theme not evident in the beginning of the short story. The use of irony is in almost every paragraph. Even the title of the story is ironic because it represents something positive but in the end the reader finds the true meaning of the title to be negative. "Part of the horrific effect of Jackson's writing stems from the author's technique of unfolding plot as if it were conventional, even though it is not." (Wagner-Martin). Thus, through irony and symbolism Jackson paints a grim portrait of
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When you hear the word "Lottery' an association is made with luck and reward. In Shirley Jackson's story, "The Lottery", an ironic ending shifts the reader's positive association of a lottery into one of misfortune and horror. The irony of the story is that the winner of the lottery gets stoned to death by the others in the village. Throughout the story, Jackson uses irony to reinforce the theme of this work, suffering masked by the idea of fortune.Initially, the setting creates an image of a typical small town on a normal summer day. Jackson writes, "the flowers were blooming profusely and the grass was richly green" (1). These descriptions give the reader a tranquil feeling
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“The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, is a short story about a once a year lottery that is performed in a small town. The story takes place in a town in New England. In this particular village during the lottery, one person is chosen at random to be stoned to death by the people. For nearly a century the lottery has been performed. This reoccurring event is not looked down upon and is accepted by the townspeople. By using symbolism, Jackson uses names, objects and the setting to mask irony of the lottery.
The names of each character hold significant meanings in the lottery. Jackson uses symbolic names to specify and suggest what will come to be after the lottery is played out. Yarmove states
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Irony of The Setting in The LotteryThe 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 what time of day and what time of year the story takes place. This is important to get the reader to focus on what a typical day it is in this small town. The time of day is set in the morning and the time of year is early summer. She
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In the stories “Story of an Hour”, “Everyday Use”, “The Necklace”, and “The Lottery” it is evident that irony was quite a large part of the short story. There is situational irony, which is when the situation turns out differently than expected. Also, dramatic irony is present, which is when you as a reader knows more than the character. The authors seem to base their whole story around irony to surprise their readers.
There are a couple of examples of situational irony that is apparent throughout “Story of an Hour“. Mr. Mallard being dead is one. The messenger comes and says that there was a train crash and Mr. Mallard was in it. Mr. Mallard is indeed not dead but we think he is
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of one of the characters: “…Mr. Graves made up the slips of paper and put them in the box...” (55). His name is Graves, implying that someone in the story may be going to a grave, which of course, means death.
Shirley Jackson does a beautiful job of incorporating irony into the story. The name of the man that runs the lottery is Mr. Summers. Summer is thought to be a fun, happy, time of the year when people relax and do what they please. Nothing about this man is happy, so it’s ironic his last name is Summers. The elderly are usually thought to be wise, however, “…Old Man Warner, the oldest man in town…” (52), is superstitious and ignorant. He calls a village that gave up the lottery a
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In "The Guest" Albert Camus uses irony to convey the existential theme of making what you believe to be the moral choice regardless of the consequences. This theme reflects Camus' existential philosophies, stressing free choice and responsibility for one's actions in addition to the inevitability of death. This philosophy plays a major role in the theme and structure of this story, and stresses the individual's unique position as a self determining agent responsible for the authenticity of his or her choices. In the short story, Daru has several choices to make. He can either deliver the Arab to prison, obeying the government's orders but angering and isolating himself from his community
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Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery is unquestionably a phenomenal, prestigious piece of fiction. Her short story depicted unusual, unreal, and bizarre events in common settings. In fact, Jackson wrote the story in only two hours and submitted it to “The New Yorker” (Roberts 140). Without major revisions, the story became a success and made many readers question the common traditions of time. In The Lottery, an annual sacrifice ceremony is held in a small town in which a selected person will get stoned and killed. In this selection, there are many appearances of symbolism. Some include the lottery “game” itself, the black box, and the characters. These symbols are used to enhance the theme of the
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Foreshadowing in The Lottery In the short story The Lottery, (reprinted in Perrine's Literature: Structure, Sound, and Sense, 7th ed. [Fort Worth: Harcourt, 1998] 421) Shirley Jackson depicts a special day, June 27, in the lives of the inhabitants of a small, apparently serene village. The use of foreshadowing is applied extensively to hint to the reader that despite the seemingly festive occasion, there is something morbid about the lottery that causes the people of the town to be uneasy. Jackson foreshadows the ironic conclusion with specific examples and both ominous and tense diction.The earliest indication of the peculiarity of the day's lottery is the little boys had "already stuffed
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In the story, The Lottery by Shirley Jackson, we are introduced to a small New England Town, which is not named. In the opening of the story, we are given a picture of summer. The beginning of the summer for most is usually a time of great expectations, planting of gardens, school getting out and the smell of the sweet flowers, carried by the breeze. In the short story “ The Lottery” it welcomes the reader with that image, it paints a picture that we are all familiar with. Within in this small New England town, there exists a sense of tradition; rebelliousness and conformity are just a few central themes that carry this story. One person speaks out about this savage tradition, others may
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Shirley Jackson's, "The Lottery", is a short story that is filled with a great amount of representation. It's very effective in raising many questions in the back of someone's mind toward the pointless nature of humanity. Without symbolism, the story would amount to a little more than an odd tale about stoning. However, because of what each character represented and the way the setting helped to expand those representations, it became a short story that was anything but short of its meaning. The success of Jackson's symbolism was achieved throughout its characters and objects and showed how the town continued a pointless tradition.The story related to her life in many ways, it was not a
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In the short story, there’s a village that gives out a lottery, but ends up being a traditional sacrifice for a “lottery in June, corn be heavy soon” (Jackson1868) by being stoned to death by the townspeople. The lottery is a white piece of paper that has a black dot in the center of it and if one of the households, which are the men of the house, ends up drawing the lottery they have to put their family even if they have little children, to draw a piece of paper from the black box, which they end up being in a sacrificial situation. Bill Hutchinson draws the lottery! His family is now drawing their own lottery from the same black box and there was six of them in that lucky family, but
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bloody ritual a masquerade for their selfishness of wanting a scapegoat. Beneath all of the trappings of civilizations, man continues searching for scapegoats and thus their innate savagery shines though. "This story comments upon the all-too-humantendency to seize upon a scapegoat and to visit upon the scapegoat the cruelties that most of us seem to have dammed up within us"(Brooks et al. 1995: 224). They give no care whatsoever: they are safe, thus they are happy, and so they laugh. It is safe to assume that only the victim would realize the inhumanity of the annual lottery drawing tradition. And that only because of their selfishness in wanting to survive, preferring someone else to die. In
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The Irony in the Title Nothing's Changed
In my opinion nothings changed is a tragic and revengeful poem, which
reveals the veracity of the way nothing has changed even after
The poem is set in District six, Cape Town, South Africa and was
written by Tatamkhulu Afrika. A man who once witnessed the solace and
recreation of district six.
There is an ample of irony in the title nothings changed. District six
has changed physically but in no other way.
For starters in stanza one the man is walking through district six
which has been evicted of the ethnic cultures and instead been
inhabited by whites. Through this stanza we discovered that district
six is kept a
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The Irony in the Ideal Hero
Beowulf is an epic poem about a great hero in pagan society written by a Christian poet. During the time that Beowulf was written, the Germanic tribes were in flux, transitioning from paganism to Christianity. The conflict between the ideal pagan warrior and Christian ethics is evident throughout the poem. Beowulf is portrayed as the ideal hero because of his bravery, strength, and skill as a warrior; his success over Grendel and Grendel’s mother is rewarded with riches, a typical practice in pagan society. The tenets that make Beowulf a great hero conflict with Christian ideals such as love they neighbor and thou shalt not kill. Peace, mercy, and kindness are
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Dramatic Irony in Sophocles' Oedipus the King
Oedipus the King is a Greek tragedy written by Sophocles. Sophocles knowing that his audience is aware of the outcome of the play utilizes that knowledge to create various situations in which dramatic irony play key roles. Dramatic irony is when the audience knows the tragic truth before the characters do. Through his use of irony Sophocles manages to avoid retelling an old tale, though the audience is cognizant of the story's end they are intrigued by the irony present in the story. Sophocles made liberal use of irony. By doing this he tantalized the viewer into wanting to see how the events that occurred later would mentally affect
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attempts to sell fakereligious relics, and greed, when he himself is amazingly greedy. Yetthere are also many ironic situations in the story itself. The irony startswhen, in the begining of the story, the three rioters make a pact to "bebrothers" and "each defend the others" and "to live and die for oneanother" in protection from Death, (lines 37-43) and then in going out tofulfill their vow, they end up finding money, and killing each other over it.Even more ironic, is how they end up killing each other. After finding themoney, the men plan to stay with it until it becomes dark and they cansafely take it away. To tide themselves over until then, they send the youngest one out to get food and wine
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The Irony in Hamlet
In the book Hamlet by Shakespeare, irony is used numerous times in order to give the reader insight on what is going on. As stated in the Merriam-Webster dictionary, irony is an action that is understood by the audience but not by the characters in the play. If this strategy were not included in this drama, it would take away the whole purpose. This play would consist of no suspense and would be extremely boring to the reader because the characters would know as much as the readers know. This allows for incite to what can happen in the future or what has happened in the past. The irony in this play ultimately revolves
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Emely EstevezProfessor EspositoNovember 6 2014English 101There are many types of irony such as basic irony which is the use of word to convey a meaning that is opposite of its literal meaning. Situational irony which is the moment a characters actions have the opposite of their intended effect. Finally there is dramatic irony which occurs when there is a contrast between the readers knowledge and the knowledge of the characters in the work. However situational irony is what mostly transpires in Kate Chopin short story "The Story of an Hour"Situational irony is used in "The Story of an Hour" through Mrs. Mallard's reaction to her husband's death. When she first heard the news of her
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Irony in "Top of the Food Chain" by T. Coraghessan Boyle10th Grade EnglishMs. DeAnna BridgesVeronica PantinT. Coraghessan Boyle's "On Top of the Food Chain" is more than just a narration of a selfish person's mistakes. The narrator's tone is a literary element used to show man's indifference for organisms that are of no immediate benefit or are a nuisance to them. "The thing was, we had a little problem with the insects…" The narrator's tone in "Top of the Food Chain" is quickly shown as self-centered in working for his comforts and indifferent to the havoc his choices make on the environment. Humans believe that we can solve everything that is put upon us, but there is always a
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Irony in Sophocles' Oedipus
In the play "Oedipus," irony is used frequently as and as eloquently by Sophocles to the reveal theme of seeking knowledge. Not knowing the King of Thebes, Oedipus, gives speeches on finding the murderer of the King of Laias and how wretched the poor soil will be when the truth is revealed. " Then once more I must bring what is dark to light…, whoever killed King Laios might- who knows?-might decide at any moment to kill me as well. By avenging the murder of the King, I protect myself, (Sophocles 1109). The speech shows how dedicated Oedipus in the pursuit of the murderer and not only the avenge of the King but to save himself. He will not be saving but
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"The Irony of McCarthy's Use of Title"
In the novel All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy, the author shows how important the roles of the horses are in the story and how they relate to John Grady, the protagonist of the novel. The horse has played an important role in the development of America. It has been a form of transportation, easy muscle, and companionship. In the Wild West, it was an essential resource for a cowboy to do his daily chores. McCarthy describes horses as spiritual and as resembling the human soul; meaning that horses came in many different forms. Horses are pretty, ugly, wild, tame, etc. in the story, they have so many different descriptions and different
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English Essays: Irony of Setting in "The Lottery" www.cheathouse.com/restricted/essays/ess1/348.html Website 2- Chuck III's College Resources "" Theses & Dissertations "" lottery www.chuckiii.com/reports/theses_&_ Dissertations/lottery.shtml Paschal, Hugh H. A Formalistic Approach to Freshman Composition. Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, 2000
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In literature, symbols are often used to deepen the meaning of a story or to convey an idea indirectly. In “The Lottery”, Shirley Jackson uses symbolism to reveal the annual ritual that happens to be called the lottery, and the consequences of unquestioned traditions. Most people when drawing the lottery were more concerned with stoning one to death and their beliefs rather than the value of the human life that they were about to destroy. From the title of the story, to the ambiance preceding this ritual, one could assume that this will result in someone winning something, but with the usage symbolism, Jackson is able to use names, objects, and the setting to conceal the true meaning and
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Religious Tradition in Shirley Jackson's The Lottery
While 'The Lottery' is a fictitious story it can be argued that it mirrors the attitude of American culture in how it addresses religious tradition in its major holidays and celebrations.
Two of the biggest holidays in the United States are Christmas and Easter. Both of which are derived from Christian beliefs. Even though 'The Lottery' is apparently a pagan ritual, violent and horrific, it is appropriate, only by the fact that the participants no longer remember, or seem to care, what the original intent of the ritual or the significance of its traditions.
When we are introduced to the lottery, we see the
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On the Desensitization of Murder in The Lottery
When someone is a part of or witnesses any one thing enough times, that person will become desensitized to it, whether it is gradually accepting abortion, homosexuality or anything else for that matter. People can even become accustomed to violent murder if it is ingrained into their lives enough. Take the Einsatzgruppen (Nazi Officers that were partly responsible for the death of millions) The Lithuanians showed them how to murder women and children, and they became accustomed to it (Cesarani 165). Shirley Jackson most certainly takes this "desensitization" into account when she writes "The Lottery." The characters in Shirley Jackson's
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reader, she uses variety approaches of literary device to help conduct the allusions that she is implying. Using names, symbolism, and flashbacks, Jackson is tries to almost become identical to a few different events within the Bible.
First off, in order to understand the biblical allusions that are strongly expressed through Jackson’s literature within “The Lottery”, one must grasp that Jackson writes of the citizens within the town lacking unconditionally rich information that supports the reasoning behind the event of the lottery. Although most of the citizens within the town strongly believe that the lottery is just another assembly that they do every year, nowhere near close to the real
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Symbolism in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
Thesis: The short story "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson found in Perrine's 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.
b. Mrs. Delacroix's name comes from the Latin word for crucifix. Mr. And Mrs. Adams' name is used to represent humanity. These names you have to look a little more deeply into.
II. The items used to
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Foreshadowing in Shirley Jackson's The Lottery
"The Lottery," a short story written by Shirley Jackson, is a tale about a disturbing social practice. The setting takes place in a small village consisting of about three hundred denizens. On June twenty-seventh of every year, the members of this traditional 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 and their annual practice. Not until the end does he or she gets to know what the lottery is about. Thus, from the beginning of the story until almost the end, there is an overwhelming sense that something terrible
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Traditions are passed on, from previous generations in Shirley Jackson’s “The
Lottery”. Traditions, which have been lost in time, but seemingly enough the stones have
not been discarded. Set on a village in a warm summer day, the story begins with several
boys gathering stones for the lottery. The rest of the villagers gather in the square. The
fate of the villagers is determined by a slip of paper chosen from the black box.
Symbolism and characterization, from the beginning to the end, work together to reveal
the story’s theme: that people blindly follow tradition even if it leads to their own
In the beginning, the villagers clearly show how the
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Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery is a story about a small town’s tradition. Every summer the
town’s people gather in the square for a ritualistic drawing of names, however, the winner of the
drawing will lose their life. No one in the village questions the sadistic ceremony, everyone
simply complies. Jackson suggest that the tradition is as old as the town and thus many portions
of the ceremony have long been forgotten yet the villagers are faithful to the portions that have
been remembered without question. Jackson cleverly demonstrates how dangerous tradition can
be when blindly followed. There are many reasons why people follow others, however, it can
have devastating results (McMahan, Day
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When Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” was first published in The New Yorker in 1948, it
struck a nerve with readers. “The story was incendiary; readers acted as if a bomb had blown up
in their faces . . . Shirley struck a nerve in mid-twentieth-century America . . . She had told
people a painful truth about themselves” (Oppenheimer 129). Interestingly, the story strikes that
same nerve with readers today. When my English class recently viewed the video, those students
who had not previously read the story reacted quite strongly to the ending. I recall this same
reaction when I was in high school. Our English teacher chose to show the video before any
student had read the story
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The Lottery: Symbolism
In her story “The Lottery”, Shirley Jackson manages to catch the readers’ attention and ultimately shock them with an unexpected ending; all of which help her emphasize her critique toward the dark side of human nature and the evil that resides, sometimes, in those who we less expect it from. Jackson uses symbolism throughout the story that helps her set the mood and also makes the readers wonder and analyze the senseless violence and cruelty in their own lives.
It all starts with the setting of the story. As Jackson describes “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
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Tradition in Shirley Jackson's The Lottery
Shirley Jackson?s insights and observations about society are reflected in her shocking and disturbing short story The Lottery. Jackson reveals two general attitudes in this story: first is the shocking tendency for societies to select a scapegoat and second is the idea that communities are victims of social tradition and rituals.
Anyone with knowledge of current events must be aware of times when society has seized upon a scapegoat as means of resolution. Countless politicians, military leaders, corporate executives and school administrators frequently use this proven technique. The people of the small village were very similar
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Hidden Horrors in Shirley Jackson's The Lottery
Shirley Jackson's short story "The Lottery" presents conflict on more than one level. The most important conflict in the story is between the subject matter and the way the story is told. From the beginning Jackson takes great pains to present her short story as a folksy piece of Americana. Slowly it dawns on us, the terrible outcome of what she describes.
From the first sentence of the story,
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.
We are given the feeling of being in an idyllic, rural world. She enhances
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Tradition is the Guide of the Ignorant in The Lottery
In "The Lottery" author Shirley Jackson takes us to a place in which a tradition is passed down generation after generation. However, over the years, the "lottery" has lost any significant meaning and the villagers follow tradition without even knowing why the tradition exists. In this short story, a lottery is held every June 26th of each year. The lottery consists of every man of each household to pick a piece of paper out of a box. One family will be the "chosen" family, which means that each member of the family will then choose another piece of paper from the box. In the end, only one person will be the ultimate "winner
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Written in 1941 by Jorge Luis Borges, The Lottery in Babylon expresses the writer's agnostic and anti-Nazi beliefs through the use of science fiction. Argentina, the home of Borges, supported the Axis powers during World War II. Borges, known for his philisophical writing rather than political writing (Laraway, 563); uses this science fiction short story to depict and question beliefs about religion as well as the use of religion as a tool by the empires of the world. The Lottery in Babylon is a science fiction short story about a mythical city, with a historical name. A lottery began as a game initiated by merchants and enjoyed by the common people of Babylon. The Babylonian society
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An obsession exists in the world today based solely upon the use of scapegoats. According to the dictionary, a scapegoat consists of a person or group made to bear the blame for others or to suffer in their place. Some of the most influential scapegoats consist of Jesus Christ taking suffering for the sins of civilization, the Jewish population being punished for the problems in Germany, and more recently the U.S. citizens who perished in 9/11 being punished for the sins of America. Scapegoats have come in many forms over time and have been very destructive. The usage of scapegoats in our society, such as in Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”, has proved to be damaging, and an
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Guy de Maupassant's "The Necklace" is situational ironywritten in 1884. The story was written in a time when there were verydistinct social classes primarily determined by one's birth. It is abouta woman who can not come to terms with her position in the middleclass. Although she knows she can not escape her class, sherefuses to accept it gracefully. It is through Matilde that Maupassantdevelops the story's irony. This is reflected through Matilde'sdaydreaming, which only serves to torment her, the loss of thenecklace borrowed for show, which only worsens their economicposition, and finally, their unnecessary sacrifice.The irony begins with Matilde's frequent daydreaming. She is abeautiful
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The Use of Dramatic Irony in Sophocle's Oedipus the King
Tragedy as an element of the human experience has been the subject of many of the great works of literature written in the Western tradition. For some, tragedy embodies the highest form of humanity. It is through suffering that we are able to reveal ourselves most completely. Others see tragedy as an element of morality where we are to learn well the lessons of those who tempt the gods. The Ancient Greek philosopher, Aristotle, outlined a theory of tragedy as archetypal drama in his classic work, the Poetics. He uses the play by Sophocles, Oedipus the King (hereafter "Oedipus"), as the standard model by which all other
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political system. As a result, the tone is one of mockery, satire, and most importantly, irony. The ironic outlook is evident in some of the following aspects of the poem: the speaker, the portrayal of the speaker, the audience, the speaker’s situation, incongruity between the character’s words and the situation, use of diction, use of humor, and unique characteristics of the poem.
The author’s poem is told from the viewpoint of a member of the State, or American government; however, the author and speaker are different people in this particular poem. Textual evidence for the speaker of the poem is evident in the parenthetical title of the poem: “This Marble Monument is Erected
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The Use of Irony in The Farming of BonesThe Farming of Bones is a fictitious narrative based on historic events - the 1937 massacre of Haitian workers in the Dominican Republic. The plot unfolds through the words of Amabelle Desir, a servant to a military official's wife. We learn her story and her dreams; how she lost her parents, how she became a servant; the life of sugar cane workers i.e. the poverty, the physical and emotional toll, the work demands etc; and we learn how she fell in love with Sebastien Onius. In a nutshell through the novel Edwidge Danticat gives voice to real individuals, who could not raise a voice for themselves. Danticat has used many elements to give her novel an
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The dangers of Following Traditions BlindlySymbolism is the application of symbols to signify things or bring them to mind. In her story "The Lottery", Shirley Jackson expresses her emotions towards man's carelessness and violent practices of traditions. This is shown when the lottery takes place in the story and the "winner" is stoned to death to help crop growth in the village. Shirley Jackson uses symbolism to represent a sequence of events that occur throughout the story. She uses symbolism in the characters' names, the black box, and the lottery itself.Symbolism is exposed in "The Lottery" in some of the characters' names, which include Mr. Summers, Mr. Graves, Old Man Warner, and Mrs
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On the surface, Chanda’s Secret, by Allan Stratton, is a mind-altering story about the tough life of a girl who lives in a world of disease and death. However, under the surface, is a story about a power struggle within Chanda’s life. “The Lottery” is a story that appears innocent as the town holds its annual lottery to ensure successful agriculture. However, the book soon takes a deep turn as the reader slowly realizes that the “winner” of the lottery is stoned to death in the end. Chanda’s Secrets and “The Lottery” have similar examples of power because a governmental power starts a huge problem, social power keeps it going, and social power prevents it from being resolved.
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Throughout time people have adopted different types of customs and ideas. In “The Lottery” the people from the community are sacrificing in order for their crops to grow. Many lives are at risk and in fear despite the acceptance of their actions.Symbolism is something that represents ideas or qualities of an object. An example of this can be a dove which represents peace.
In the short story The Lottery, it takes place in the late 40s early 50s. The whole story is a contradiction because you would think that having a lottery would be a good thing, but in this story it isn’t. Every year Mr. Graves, who has the most power in the community, gathers them together to have or to do a lottery. As
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The Use of Symbolism in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
In "The Lottery," Shirley Jackson uses symbolism to make us aware of the
pointless nature of humanity regarding tradition and violence. The story starts off
on a beautiful summer day in a small town. The author describes the day as very
euphoric but strikes a contrast between the atmosphere of the town and the
atmosphere of the people gathered in the square. The atmosphere is subdued,
where the children are "gathered around quietly."
The black box is the central theme or idea in the story. It symbolizes at
first some type of mystery, but as we read the ending we realize that it is
synonymous with doom
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The Unalterable Human Condition Exposed in Shirley Jackson's The Lottery
The short story, The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson, managed to capture various human tendencies stemming from the very heart of the unalterable human condition. The willingness to follow tradition blindly, the inherent cruelty of humans, and the unwillingness to change were the primary negative behaviors depicted in the story.
The unalterable human condition is one of the truths of human existence. Throughout the course of history, humans tend to act in the same ways, repeat the same mistakes, and end up little better than they were a century before. Although technology has changed, increasing the quality of
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Human RightsHuman rights are something that everyone deserves. Unfortunately, in various parts of the world, basic human rights are denied. That is why it is important to defend the rights of those who cannot speak for themselves. Two pieces of literature that demonstrate how people should defend themselves are The Hangman, a poem by Maurice Ogden and The Lottery, a short story by Shirley Jackson.In The Lottery, a small town somewhere in the country gathers on a warm, early-summer morning to carry out their annual lottery. Selection takes place with the head of each family selecting a piece of paper. The winning family shall then have each member select their own piece of paper with