The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

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Anthony Di Lembo
Prof. Feenstra
November 8, 2010

The twisted sacrifice

In Shirley Jackson's “The Lottery”, there is a hidden message behind the twisted story and that is, the greatness of how the horrors of man’s evil could be. In the short story, irony is the function used to build the shocking and unexpected ending. In the process of building the shocking and unexpected twist, it also sets the tone of the people in the story and that is their reluctance to reject an outdated tradition. That it is good for the crops to kill an innocent person who is part of their village. But the irony used in the story helps the author show how this is normal for these people, but as the reader learns more along the story, they then find out what is really going on and that is when the irony comes into effect. The Tone and style of the story give the reader an understanding in the eyes of a villager. As it starts off by using irony to seem as if it is normal but then end reveilles the brutal truth of this story. The irony used in the story was very clearly seen. As read the in first few lines, “Bobby Martin had already stuffed his pockets with stones” (237). This line came after the introduction of a sort of lottery, and to the readers knowledge, they think that it is a good thing and something to look forward to. But the quote gives the impression that something unpleasant is to happen, but at the same time be unknown. In deeper detail, adults usually hide or do not state the obvious. But children do as they please, like the in the story they run a find stones before the lottery starts. This gives a real life characteristic to the story. Thinking that the lottery is a good thing and that someone should look forward into winning the lottery. But in reality, or the irony of the story is that the winner of the lottery is the person who will…...

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