The Lottery - Daniel 1 The Lottery In Shirley Jackson's gothic tale The Lottery she shows that things are not always what they appear to be Evil is

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Daniel 1 The Lottery In Shirley Jackson’s gothic tale, The Lottery, she shows that things are not always what they appear to be. Evil is hidden in the innocence of the lottery. A village with a population of about 300 people gathers on the morning of June 27 th to begin the lottery and quickly get it over with. Young boys begin the day by creating a large pile of stones, as the girls stand around and watch. It seems like a normal day; yet there is a sense of restraint among the villagers. A black box is brought in the center of the people and is set upon a stool. One member from each family in the village walks up to the box and draws a folded slip of paper. After each family has a slip of paper, they open it to see who has the slip with the darkened black dot on it. Each member of this unfortunate family must then draw another slip of paper. The person who has the black dot is then stoned to death by the rest of the village, including his/her own family. The theme in this tale is that things are not always as one might perceive them to be. It shows that mass psychology can convince people to follow a mindless tradition, never thinking about their beliefs and values. The lottery is a tradition that has been around for many years in which the village fails to see the evil. Jackson develops the plot of “The Lottery” by a series of small events leading up to the major event. First, the children arrive and begin playing around exuberantly. Some of the young boys gather a pile of stones together while others run around laughing. As the men arrive at the lottery, they stand around talking about usual things such as tractors and taxes. They began making quiet jokes, but merely smiling rather than laughing. The women arrive shortly after the
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This essay was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course ENG 104 taught by Professor Maget during the Fall '08 term at University of Findlay.

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The Lottery - Daniel 1 The Lottery In Shirley Jackson's gothic tale The Lottery she shows that things are not always what they appear to be Evil is

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