The story begins on a beautiful summer afternoon. Testis Hutchinson, awaits this yearly tradition and most of them agree that this tradition should continue to be held in their small town. The lottery seems exciting; however, unlike a typical lottery the reader finds that toward the end of this short story it is not lottery anyone in the small town wishes to win.
Setting… The Lottery In many stories, settings are Characterization in the lottery to help build the mood and to foreshadow of things to come. However, this description of the setting foreshadows exactly the opposite of what is to come. In addition, the theme that we learn of at the end leads us to think of where the sanity of some human beings lies.
The story begins with the establishment of the setting. To begin, Shirley Jackson tells the reader what time of day and what time of year the story takes place.
This is important to get the reader to focus on what a typical day it is in this small town. The time of day is set in the morning and the time of year is early summer. She also describes that school has just recently let out for summer break, letting the reader infer that the time of year is early summer.
Shirley Jackson also seems to stress on the beauty of the day and the brilliance of nature. This provides the positive outlook and lets the reader relax into what seems to be a comfortable setting for the story.
In addition, the description of people and their actions are very typical and not anomalous. Children play happily, women gossip, and men casually talk about farming.
Everyone is coming together for what seems to be enjoyable, festive, even celebratory occasion. The setting covers the very ritualistic and brutally violent traditions such as the stoning of Mrs. Hutchinson, who dared to defy tradition. It is very apparent that tradition is very coveted in this small, simple town.
This can be proven by the ancient, black box used for the lottery and the significance of farming for the community. Farming is also the only known way of life because of tradition. This is because the ritual performed in the story is supposed to have an effect on the harvest.
The abundance of their harvest supposedly depended upon their performing the ritual of the lottery. Although it is implied that the abundance of their harvest depends wholly on cruel act of stoning a human being to death, there is evidence that not all in the community agree with the ritual.
I think these children symbolize perceived states of happiness in the story. I also believe they are vital necessities in the story because they are taught and expected to carry the traditions. In the story, many parts of the ritual had been changed or even long forgotten by most of the people.
This fact in itself, along with a few other clues, tells me that not everyone agrees with it. This means that the lottery is much too frequent or should not even be done at all.
I believe that many disagree with the practice of the ritual, I also think that the individual feels helpless in putting a stop to it.The lottery was held in the morning of June 27th, a clear and sunny day between 10 a.m.
The flowers were blooming and grass were richly green. Definition, Usage and a list of Characterization Examples in common speech and literature. Characterization is a literary device that is used step by step in literature to highlight and explain the details about a character in a story.
Characterization. Although there’s not a whole lot of depth to any of the story’s characters, it is probably more than a coincidence that the only person to show up . A list of all the characters in The Lottery.
The The Lottery characters covered include: Tessie Hutchinson, Old Man Warner, Mr. Summers, Bill Hutchinson, Mr. Harry Graves. In The Lottery by Shirley Jackson we have the theme of acceptance, family and tradition.
Set in a mall village in New England the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and very early on in the story (the second paragraph) the reader realises that Jackson is using foreshadowing.
A Literary Analysis of "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson Shirley Jackson's short story, " The Lottery ", ironically gives the lottery a bad meaning.
The lottery in this story is used for a public stoning, contrary to the first thing that comes to a reader's mind when they think of winning the lottery; a big sum of money.