Week 2 dq1
Week 2 dq1
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Date Created: 11/17/15
Week 2 dql The story The Lottery by shirley jackson certainly took a twist towards the macabre at the end l have to say I did not at all expect things to turn out the way they did and perhaps this was the author39s intention The rst 90 of the story gives us the impression of a smalltown atmosphere typical of America In this sense the setting is one of an annual event in just such a town where the citizens gather together to engage in a quotcelebrationquot of some holiday or another This social context could just have easily have been an Easter egg hunt or an Independence Day reworks show It is not until the last few paragraphs that the reader begins to understand the magnitude of this annual event The style and tone of this literary work seems lighthearted and easily owing as one would expect from a small town gathering together to participate in an annual event The characters39 dialogue and speech barely re ect the true nature of what is about to happen The people of the town although deeply concerned about the results of the lottery act as if this is a perfectly normal occasion such as a Thanksgivingday parade There is some laughter and light joking among the townspeople who all seem to know each others39 habits well The children who are familiar with the routine of the lottery gather stones into a pile while discussing school and the adults talk to one another about such mundane things as the corn crop and other towns39 handling of the lottery it is not until Mrs Hutchinson begins to protest the drawing of her family39s name that some foreshadowing begins to occur The theme of this story is centered on a ritual that has been occurring in the same town and other towns in America for generations Although the story doesn39t delve into the details of the origin of this annual occurence we are left to surmise that this is a ritual sacri ce of a town member probably for the purpose of commemorating some event in the past overall the theme of The Lottery is a disturbing look at traditions whether religious or otherwise that may seem alien to us but to those involved are a natural part of their heritage
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