514 words - 2 pagesTheIronyin 'TheLottery'Shirley Jackson wrote the story 'TheLottery.' 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 'TheLottery.'The point of view in 'TheLottery' is ironic to the outcome. Jackson used thirdperson dramaticVIEW DOCUMENT
557 words - 2 pagesIronyinTheLottery by Shirley Jackson
“TheLottery” 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 thelottery 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 butVIEW DOCUMENT
724 words - 3 pagesIn Shirley Jackson's short story "TheLottery", 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 inthe 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 inthe 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'sVIEW DOCUMENT
1105 words - 4 pagesIrony of The Setting inTheLotteryThe setting set forth by Shirley Jackson inthe beginning of TheLottery creates a mood of peacefulness and tranquillity. This setting also creates an image inthe mind of the reader, the image of a typical town on a normal summer day. Furthermore, Shirley Jackson uses the setting inTheLottery to foreshadow an ironic ending.First, Shirley Jackson begins TheLottery 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 theVIEW DOCUMENT
802 words - 3 pages“TheLottery” 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 thelottery, one person is chosen at random to be stoned to death by the people. For nearly a century thelottery 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 thelottery.
The names of each character hold significant meanings inthelottery. Jackson uses symbolic names to specify and suggest what will come to be after thelottery is played out. Yarmove statesVIEW DOCUMENT
597 words - 2 pagesWhen you hear the word "Lottery' an association is made with luck and reward. In Shirley Jackson's story, "TheLottery", an ironic ending shifts the reader's positive association of a lottery into one of misfortune and horror. Theirony of the story is that the winner of thelottery gets stoned to death by the others inthe 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 townVIEW DOCUMENT
617 words - 2 pages of one of the characters: “…Mr. Graves made up the slips of paper and put them inthe box...” (55). His name is Graves, implying that someone inthe 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 thelottery 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 thelottery aVIEW DOCUMENT
935 words - 4 pagesInthe stories “Story of an Hour”, “Everyday Use”, “The Necklace”, and “TheLottery” 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 isVIEW DOCUMENT
1690 words - 7 pagesShirley Jackson's, "TheLottery", is a short story that is filled with a great amount of representation. It's very effective in raising many questions inthe 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 thatVIEW DOCUMENT
977 words - 4 pagesIn "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 inthe 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. InVIEW DOCUMENT
965 words - 4 pagesShirley Jackson’s TheLottery 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. InTheLottery, 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 thelottery “game” itself, the black box, and the characters. These symbols are used to enhance the theme of theVIEW DOCUMENT
684 words - 3 pagesForeshadowing inTheLotteryInthe short story TheLottery, (reprinted in Perrine's Literature: Structure, Sound, and Sense, 7th ed. [Fort Worth: Harcourt, 1998] 421) Shirley Jackson depicts a special day, June 27, inthe 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 thelottery that causes the people of the town to be uneasy. Jackson foreshadows the ironic conclusion with specific examples and both ominous and tense diction.VIEW DOCUMENT
939 words - 4 pagesInthe story, TheLottery by Shirley Jackson, we are introduced to a small New England Town, which is not named. Inthe 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. Inthe short story “ TheLottery” 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 mayVIEW DOCUMENT
2522 words - 10 pages ring.
Inthe short story, there’s a village that gives out a lottery, but ends up being a traditional sacrifice for a “lotteryin June, corn be heavy soon” (Jackson1868) by being stoned to death by the townspeople. Thelottery is a white piece of paper that has a black dot inthe center of it and if one of the households, which are the men of the house, ends up drawing thelottery 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 thelottery! His family is now drawing their own lottery from the same black box and there was six of them in that lucky family, butVIEW DOCUMENT
531 words - 2 pages made the 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 elseVIEW DOCUMENT
553 words - 2 pagesIronyin "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'sVIEW DOCUMENT
817 words - 3 pagesTheIronyinthe 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 areVIEW DOCUMENT
1063 words - 4 pagesOn the Desensitization of Murder inTheLottery
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 "TheLottery." The characters in Shirley Jackson'sVIEW DOCUMENT
638 words - 3 pages foremost, the entire telling of the story is ironic, considering justwho is the teller. The Pardoner uses this story to speak out against manysocial problems, all of which he himself is guilty of. He preaches aboutdrunkenness, while he is drunk, blasphemy, as he attempts to sell fakereligious relics, and greed, when he himself is amazingly greedy. Yetthere are also many ironic situations inthe story itself. Theirony startswhen, inthe 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 toVIEW DOCUMENT
1845 words - 7 pages"TheIrony of McCarthy's Use of Title"
Inthe novel All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy, the author shows how important the roles of the horses are inthe story and how they relate to John Grady, the protagonist of the novel. The horse has played an important role inthe development of America. It has been a form of transportation, easy muscle, and companionship. Inthe 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. inthe story, they have so many different descriptions and differentVIEW DOCUMENT
465 words - 2 pagesTheIronyinthe 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 ironyinthe 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 aVIEW DOCUMENT
1072 words - 4 pages was a common thing for people of Europe in that time period. In essence the appropriate use of setting to illustrate a writer's intent in a story can be an effective way to have ones reader be able to relate to what he is reading.word count 1027 Website 1- Various English Essays: Irony of Setting in "TheLottery"� 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, 2000VIEW DOCUMENT
1156 words - 5 pagesForeshadowing in Shirley Jackson's TheLottery
"TheLottery," 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 lotteryin 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 thelottery is about. Thus, from the beginning of the story until almost the end, there is an overwhelming sense that something terribleVIEW DOCUMENT
704 words - 3 pagesTraditions are passed on, from previous generations in Shirley Jackson’s “TheLottery”. 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 thelottery. The rest of the villagers gather inthe 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
Inthe beginning, the villagers clearly show how theVIEW DOCUMENT
803 words - 3 pages Tradition in Shirley Jackson's TheLottery
Shirley Jackson?s insights and observations about society are reflected in her shocking and disturbing short story TheLottery. 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 similarVIEW DOCUMENT
615 words - 2 pagesSymbolism inTheLottery by Shirley Jackson
Thesis: The short story "TheLottery" 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.
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2802 words - 11 pagesWhen Shirley Jackson’s “TheLottery” was first published inThe 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 storyVIEW DOCUMENT
974 words - 4 pagesDramatic Ironyin 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 theirony present inthe 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 affectVIEW DOCUMENT
790 words - 3 pagesIronyin Sophocles' Oedipus
Inthe 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 inthe pursuit of the murderer and not only the avenge of the King but to save himself. He will not be saving butVIEW DOCUMENT
855 words - 3 pagesIn literature, symbols are often used to deepen the meaning of a story or to convey an idea indirectly. In “TheLottery”, Shirley Jackson uses symbolism to reveal the annual ritual that happens to be called thelottery, and the consequences of unquestioned traditions. Most people when drawing thelottery 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 andVIEW DOCUMENT
919 words - 4 pagesEmely 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 inthe work. However situational irony is what mostly transpires in Kate Chopin short story "The Story of an Hour"Situational irony isVIEW DOCUMENT
1784 words - 7 pages 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 “TheLottery”, one must grasp that Jackson writes of the citizens within the town lacking unconditionally rich information that supports the reasoning behind the event of thelottery. Although most of the citizens within the town strongly believe that thelottery is just another assembly that they do every year, nowhere near close to the realVIEW DOCUMENT
827 words - 3 pagesGabrielle Stewart
March 24, 2014
AP English- A3
Inthe book Hamlet by Shakespeare, irony is used numerous times in order to give the reader insight on what is going on. As stated inthe Merriam-Webster dictionary, irony is an action that is understood by the audience but not by the characters inthe 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 inthe future or what has happened inthe past. Theironyin this play ultimately revolvesVIEW DOCUMENT
1066 words - 4 pagesHidden Horrors in Shirley Jackson's TheLottery
Shirley Jackson's short story "TheLottery" presents conflict on more than one level. The most important conflict inthe 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 enhancesVIEW DOCUMENT
1116 words - 4 pagesReligious Tradition in Shirley Jackson's TheLottery
While 'TheLottery' 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 inthe United States are Christmas and Easter. Both of which are derived from Christian beliefs. Even though 'TheLottery' 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 thelottery, we see theVIEW DOCUMENT
737 words - 3 pagesTheLottery: Symbolism
In her story “TheLottery”, 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 theVIEW DOCUMENT
1616 words - 6 pages Written in 1941 by Jorge Luis Borges, TheLotteryin 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. TheLotteryin 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 societyVIEW DOCUMENT
2514 words - 10 pagesThe Use of Dramatic Ironyin 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 inthe 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 otherVIEW DOCUMENT
1306 words - 5 pagesOn 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. “TheLottery” 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 thelottery is stoned to death inthe end. Chanda’s Secrets and “TheLottery” 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.
1061 words - 4 pagesIrony is not always funny; verbal, dramatic, and situational irony are often used to assert truth or to add depth to an author’s writing. In Erich Maria Remarque’s book, All Quiet on the Western Front, the reader experiences years of life on the front of World War I through the eyes of a young German man, Paul Bäumer, who has enlisted with his classmates at the expectation of their schoolmaster. Remarque uses irony throughout his novel, best displayed inthe names of the characters, the various settings, and inthe deaths of the characters.
The names of the characters inthe book are clear examples of irony. The protagonist’s last name, Bäumer, is similar to the word for ‘tree’ in GermanVIEW DOCUMENT
1526 words - 6 pagesIn many occasions, symbolism and irony are the best way to explain an object. While using symbolism you can make the reader understand a different point of view they would had never expected. It helps catches the reader attention in a way that it opens more doors to a short story, novel, etc… For example Montresor represents pride. He is living by his family motto “Nemo me impune lacessit.” (No one provokes me with impunity.) Symbols are also used in backgrounds of movies giving symbolic messages to the viewers. The only way the viewer can pick up on them is by searching them up or by already knowing what that symbol represented. Irony is used a little less more profoundly inthe story, yetVIEW DOCUMENT
1329 words - 5 pagesSymbolism means like any place, person or thing that is something but
can be interpreted in a different way. TheLottery by Shirley Jackson is a short
story that shows symbolism, to give hints about the story in all the characters and
objects inthe story. This Short story takes place inthe summer where a small
town has a lottery every year round. The person that wins thelottery has a huge
impact on the town and the crops that grow in it. Old man Warner is the oldest inthe town and has been in more than seventy lotteries he likes to go by tradition
and doesn’t like to change it up. Mrs. Hutchinson on the other hand doesn’t want
to go by the tradition and thinks that theVIEW DOCUMENT
538 words - 2 pagesGuy 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 inthe 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'sVIEW DOCUMENT
1233 words - 5 pages Symbolism is a literary technique in which you find different meanings in even the
simplest sentences of the story and can reveal different ideas. In “TheLottery”, there
are numerous amounts of symbolism from beginning to end. Inthe short story “TheLottery”, the entire village must gather to pick a paper out of a black box. Most of
the papers are white blank sheets and one with a black dot. The person who picks up
the black dotted paper will be sacrificed by stoning and will be used to harvest their
crops. Throughout the story, there were many symbolic references that are related to
the characters require and most of them are related to death, religion, and traditionVIEW DOCUMENT
1479 words - 6 pagesUtopia and Dystopia are themes that explore the substantial extents of deceiving ascendancy and contrive an impelling illusion of a ‘perfect‘ society. Utopia is described as a place, state, or condition that is ideally perfect in respect of politics, laws, customs, and conditions while a dystopia, or a negative utopia, is a society characterized as an illusion of a perfect society maintained through oppressive societal control, in which exploits into an exaggerated worst-case scenario. The short stories, Harrison Bergeron, and TheLottery, are both literary examples imparted around a utopian society.
Harrison Bergeron, was written by Kurt Vonnegut in 1961. This story elucidates aVIEW DOCUMENT
1816 words - 7 pagesMissing items from Works Cited
Mystery, Irony, and Imagery inThe Cask of Amontillado
"The Cask of Amontillado" is one of Edgar Allan Poe's greatest stories. In this story Poe introduces two central characters and unfolds a tale of horror and perversion. Montresor, the narrator, and Fortunato, one of Montresor's friends, are doomed to the fate of their actions and will pay the price for their pride and jealousy. One pays the price with his life and the other pays the price with living with regret for the rest of his life. Poe uses mystery, irony, and imagery to create a horrifying, deceptive, and perverse story.
Hoping to obtain revenge, Montresor, the narrator, lures FortunatoVIEW DOCUMENT
1622 words - 6 pagesThroughout time people have adopted different types of customs and ideas. In “TheLottery” 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.
Inthe short story TheLottery, it takes place inthe 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 inthe community, gathers them together to have or to do a lottery. AsVIEW DOCUMENT
956 words - 4 pagesInthe play Antigone, Sophocles uses many important literary elements, but of the most important is irony. Three types of irony he uses are dramatic, attitudinal, and verbal irony. Sophocles' use of ironyin Antigone has a great impact on the play. If Sophocles did not use ironyin his play, the events inthe scenes would have been very different from what they are now. Irony is also used to add suspense, making the reader wonder what was going to happen next? Sophocles successfully accomplished his goal, as will be shown inthe following paragraphs.VIEW DOCUMENT
1100 words - 4 pagesThe Unalterable Human Condition Exposed in Shirley Jackson's TheLotteryThe short story, TheLottery, 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 inthe story.
The unalterable human condition is one of the truths of human existence. Throughout the course of history, humans tend to act inthe same ways, repeat the same mistakes, and end up little better than they were a century before. Although technology has changed, increasing the quality ofVIEW DOCUMENT
903 words - 4 pagesWhat makes stories special is the ability to portray meaning between the lines. Every author has their own characteristics and spin that they incorporate into each of their pieces. These can include character genre, symbolism, plot structure, and irony. Shirley Jackson writes an ironic story about a small village who partakes in an annual lottery. The village looks forward to this day and moods are always high. However when the reader gets to the end of the short story they are shocked to find thelottery is a drawing for who inthe village gets stoned to death. InTheLottery, Jackson surprises her readers by putting an ironic twist at the end of her tale, by filling the story withVIEW DOCUMENT