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The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

“The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson serves as a reminder to the fact that evil
exists in forms of heinous traditions and customs and men’s nature in
seemingly normal society and apparently pleasant environment. That’s
exactly how things are in reality and this is main difference between
Shirley’s Lottery and other tragic stories that depict evil in the society.
To show how things are normal and the ambiance pleasant, Shirley starts the
story by giving details of the weather “the morning of June 27th was clear
and sunny”, and the daily activities of the residents of the villages “they
(children) broke into boisterous play… and their talk was still of the
classroom and the teacher, of books and reprimands€They (women) greeted one
another and exchanged bits of gossip”.
Shirley uses a number of symbols, names and objects, to emphasis on this
theme. The names of all main characters hint about the theme and their true
hidden natures. Summers, Graves, Warner, Mrs. Delacroix and Mrs. Hutchinson
are some of the names. The name and nature of Mr. Summers apparently seem
too cheerful and full of life. “Mr. Summers who had time and energy to
devote to civic activities. He was a round-faced, jovial man”. However, he
is the one who coordinates the whole lottery process, therefore decides who
will be awarded with death, something totally opposite of this name and
character. Similarly Mr. Warner warns the readers of his true character,
which is revealed in the end: that he is not like other old men, wise and
kind. Instead he is one who doesn’t want his people to give up the ritual
like other villages and warns of disasters that will (befall) if they try
to imitate other villages “Nothing but trouble in that,” Old Man Warner
said stoutly. “Pack of young fools.”” Mr. Graves who helps Mr. Summers
“Mr. Summers and Mr. Graves made up the slips of paper and put them in the
box”, and therefore one of…

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