Books and Movies Reviews

The Lottery

Both the setting and final outcome of Shirley Jackson’s “the Lottery” are Ironic.
Jackson sets the stage of her story in a seemingly normal village. She establishes this normalness by
describing the activitys of the townspeople. She tells how “The town has all the usual sights like
and a bank with a square inbetween thiese are all things one would expext to find in a normal town. The reader
finds the townsfolk involed in mundane behavior
The setting set forth by Shirley Jackson in the beginning of The Lottery creates a mood of peacefulness and
tranquillity.This setting also creates an image in the mind of the reader, the image of a typical town on a
normal summer day.Furthermore, Shirley Jackson uses the setting in The Lottery to foreshadow an ironic
First, Shirley Jackson begins The Lottery by establishing the setting.To begin, she tells the reader what
time of day and what time of year the story takes place.This is important to get the reader to focus on what
a typical day it is in this small town.The time of day is set in the morning and the time of year is early
summer. She also describes that school has just recently let out for summer break, letting the reader infer
that the time of year is early summer.The setting of the town is described by the author as that of any
normal rural community.Furthermore, she describes the grass as “richly green” and that “the flowers were
blooming profusely” (196).These descriptions of the surroundings give the reader a serene felling about
the town. Also, these descriptions make the reader feel comfortable about the surroundings as if there was
Upon reading thefirst paragraph, Shirley Jackson describes the town in general.The town isfirst
mentioned in the opening paragraph where she sets the location in the town square.She puts in perspective
the location of the square “between the post office and the bank” (196).This v…


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