Slips Of Fate -the Lottery


In the short story “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, the author uses irony to expand on a theme of traditions that continue although they are ludicrous and barbaric. “Like a lamb to slaughter” comes to mind for both the characters in this story and the reader. The characters are honoring a tradition that is handed down to them from former generations. The reader is led through the seemingly normal and quaint little village, and is taken on a ride of ironic horror as they slowly grasp the eventual fate of one inhabitant of the village.
The title “The Lottery” implies a contest with a winner of some kind, like a sweepstakes. When in reality the winner ...

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anyone would forget a day like lottery day. Her procrastination is logical but her excuse is lame. Mrs. Dunbar tells her son, “I wish they’d hurry.” Her anxiousness seems due to dread. She wants the dreaded hour over and done with. However, Mr. Summers states “Let’s finish quickly.” as if there are other more important tasks that need doing. Nevertheless, perhaps he is unable to contain his excitement of this event. The postmaster’s name, Mr. Graves, is also rather ironic. Graves are associated with death and a grave will have to be dug for the so-called winner. Mrs. Adams states that “Some places have already quit lotteries.” Moreover, Old Man Warner replies, “Nothing but trouble in that,” “Next thing you know, they’ll be wanting to go back to living in caves,” as if the other villages were living in the dark ages and this village was not. Tessie claimed that her husband, Bill, ...

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