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This paper suggests that the meaning of "The Lottery" can be found in an understanding of its literary structure, its underlying anthropological message, and its use of symbolism. Examples of each of these literary techniques are presented and then explained in order to shed light on the meaning and theme of the story.
From the Paper:"It isn't fair, it isn't right.? These are the last words expressed by the victim in Shirley Jackson's short story "The Lottery", which provides a unique but shocking perspective of the innate evil that is part of human nature. The story starts off by describing a town scene that could not be more commonplace or predictable. The descriptions provided by Jackson elicit a sense of familiarity and normalcy that convince the reader that the happenings of the story are possible and maybe even probable. The lottery in the story is seen as just another community event coordinated by Mr Summers, along with "the square dances, the teen club, [and the] Halloween program."
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"The Lottery" (2003, December 16) Retrieved March 28, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/the-lottery-46130/
""The Lottery"" 16 December 2003. Web. 28 March. 2020. <https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/the-lottery-46130/>