The Lottery - that the present box had been made with some...

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“The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson is a short story about a small town that still practices an old tradition of stoning an unlucky member of the community. The story is a great example of how writers use certain objects to represent things that aren’t clearly stated. For example the black box is a representation of the traditional “lottery” that this village has. It never explains as to why this town uses this process or why they have kept this brutal ceremony. However as the story says the ceremony has been around since long before Old Man Warner’s time and he has seen the lottery seventy seven times. The box was replaced once but it still remains the center point of the lottery. The story gives a very detailed description of the box saying that “there was a story
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Unformatted text preview: that the present box had been made with some pieces of the box that had preceded it.” It also describes the box as “shabbier each year; by now it was no longer completely black but splintered badly along one side to show the original wood color, and in some places faded or stained.” With the box representing the tradition, Jackson still uses another object to represent the more horrifying part of the story; death. Every towns person draws a piece of paper from the box and one piece has a black dot on it. This dot means that the person that drew it will be stoned to death by the village and even members of their own family. The person that is actually stoned is the only one that shows up late, Tessie Hutchison. This just proves that kharma is always looking for you....
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This note was uploaded on 04/10/2008 for the course ENGL 2307 taught by Professor Bailey during the Spring '08 term at Texas Tech.

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