The article states that in one way “The Lottery” is just a story but it is one that makes the reader think and take it with them. Society has difficulty with looking at the dark side of their nature because we never know when it will come out…
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From the research it can be comprehended that when most people play the lottery today, they think about having wealth. Generally, people who win are happy about it whether they win one dollar or a million. The lottery in our society has grown to support education and it is often worth several million dollars. Usually, the winner of the lottery gains a lot of recognition for the money they win. But what would happen if there was a small town where people held a yearly lottery in which the “winner” was the member of the town who was not sacrificed? This question is answered in Shirley Jackson’s short story, “The Lottery.” In reading this story, and reading literary criticism about the story, there were many symbols and much symbolism in this story. There were many symbols in this short story. Many researchers state that several symbols refer to Christianity. As an example, the last name of one of the women, Mrs. Delacroix, was a French name meaning “of the cross”. It is ironic that Mrs. Delacroix is the person who picks up the biggest rock, one that is so heavy that she can hardly pick it up, to hurl at he friend. The fact that the lottery happens on June 27 is said to be a symbol of the trinity if the numbers are reduced to 3. Tess Hutchinson becomes the scapegoat which can also be equated to the sacrificial lamb that was sacrificed in the Bible in the Old Testament. The symbol of death is shown in several ways....
While people enjoyed seeing the Cleveland Indians win the World Series, The Philadelphia Eagles win the NFL and while they were being entertained by beautiful women like Lauren Bacall, Ava Gardner and Rita Hayworth (PCM Entertainment and Trivia Network) Jackson was entertaining a different audience through her short story. It was interesting that many people were upset with Jackson about this story. One reason was because her publisher spread a rumor that Jackson was a practicing witch (Miss Cellania). Although Jackson dabbled in mysticism and read tarot cards, the idea that she was a witch was a joke. “The Lottery” was frightening during that time and it still is today. Jackson wanted to show what happened when people blindly followed a tradition just because it was a tradition. “The Lottery revealed an uncomfortable truth about the human psyche and, in doing so, became a classic piece of American Literature” (Miss Celinnia). 3 Symbols and Symbolism in “The Lottery” There were many symbols in this short story. Many researchers state that several symbols refer to Christianity. As an example, the last name of one of the women, Mrs. Delacroix, was a French name meaning “of the cross” (Cervo 183). It is ironic that Mrs. Delacroix is the person who picks up the biggest rock, one that is so heavy that she can hardly pick it up, to hurl at he friend (Jackson). The fact that the lottery happens on June 27 is said to be a symbol of the trinity if the numbers are reduced to 3 (Nebeker). Tess Hutchinson becomes the scapegoat which can also be equated to the sacrificial lamb that was sacrificed in the Bible in the old testament (Nebeker). The symbol of death is shown in several ways. The black box is brought out by Mr.
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