The Lottery Critical Analysis

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Ken Staley English Comp. 2 Professor Scott Lee DeNier 06-02-08 The Lottery: Analysis of the Attitudes of the Characters What comes to your mind when you hear about a lottery? The first thing that comes to mind is that there is usually a prize at stake. That assumption is correct most of the time, but it is not true that a prize is always a good thing. Shirley Jackson, the author of “The Lottery,” reminds us that some lotteries can be deadly. In the story, a group of about three hundred people gather in a small area to take part in a lottery, in what initially seems like a joyous event. The characters seem to be eager and willing to participate. The irony in this story is that that the winner does not win a prize, they are stoned to death. By examining the attitude of the children, and the Hutchinson family in “The Lottery,” you can get a better understanding of how an inhumane society can be. Inhumane events such as stoning someone to death, is not fun or eventful in any situation. But for the characters in “The Lottery,” it would seem to be an exciting ritual.
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This note was uploaded on 06/22/2008 for the course ENG 102 taught by Professor Hendricks during the Spring '08 term at California University of Pennsylvania.

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