Essay on Shirley Jackson

Expect the Unexpected

Expect the Unexpected What thoughts come to mind when you think of “The Lottery? ” Positive thoughts including money, a new home, excitement, and happiness are all associated with the lottery in most cases. However, this is not the case in Shirley Jackson’s short story, “The Lottery”. Here, the characters in the story are not […]

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Shirley Jackson Interview

Interview with Shirley Jackson I still remember the day we were assigned to do a research paper on a piece of literature we had read in my English 198 class. The story I chose to write my paper on was “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, it was one of my favorites. Luckily for me Mrs. […]

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The Unlucky Winner

The Unlucky Winner In Shirley Jackson’s short story “The Lottery”, the setting deceives the reader making them think the lottery is a typical annual social event held on a peaceful summer day. The whole town anxiously gathers together in the town square for the lottery. The names of the townspeople are called one at a […]

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Analysis of the Tradition in Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”

Analysis of the Tradition in Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” Shirley Jackson illustrates the struggle between choosing personal morals, versus blindly following the masses. When you stop questioning authority, you relinquish your individuality and the tools that you’ve been given to rationalize your decisions. Traditions and customs often lose their meaning and value once it becomes […]

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“the Lottery” by Shirley Jackson and “the Lottery Ticket” by Anton Chekhov

Comparative Essay “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson and “The Lottery Ticket” by Anton Chekhov Most people today would define Lottery as the drawing of lots in which prizes are distributed to the winners among persons buying a chance, however these two stories give us a different out look on the word lottery. The stories “The […]

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Irony In “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson

In “The Lottery” . Shirley Jackson uses boding. symbolism. and sarcasm throughout her narrative to demo that decease is at hand in the terminal. Not merely do clip and topographic point bear of import hints as to the allegorical significance of “The Lottery” but the really names of the characters are loaded with significance. What […]

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The Lottery By Shirley Jackson Analysis

In the short story, “The Lottery”, Shirley Jackson uses imagery and symbolism to demonstrate that evil can be present in the most innocent environment, resulting in society being tainted with dark illusion. That innocence has the ability to create a huge impact in one’s life. In life, we often fail to realize how sometimes simple […]

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The Perpetuation of Senseless Traditions in Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery

Any story can be a story about social expectations but Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” is one story that points out the fact that it is the people themselves who perpetuate such social expectations and senseless traditions. Nevertheless, this act of perpetuation is a rather unconscious process going on in a person’s mind. Jackson’s “The Lottery” […]

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The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

“The Bedford Reader” offers brilliant collection of insightful, well-developed and thoughtful essays devoted to political, social and cultural issues, but the most appealing for me are the themes of social inequality, hypocrisy, women oppression and subordination presented in the horrific short-story “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson. The story emerged in 1948 and raised much controversy […]

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