Ironies In Shirley Jackson's The Lottery

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Ironies in Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson is spectacularly shocking story which starts with a warm June day in a town of about three hundred people and describes an annual event in the town. A tradition that every person in the village becomes a part of it every year and is apparently widespread among surrounding villages as it is mentioned as well. What is interesting that lottery turns out that it is not what they win but what they lose. There are lots of factors which make the story fantastic, but ironies which can be felt in every line of the story have the major impact on the story. Despite the fact that narrator uses different ironies which can be seen in every part of it, whole story is definitely based…show more content…
While reading the title of the story, reader may think that someone is going to achieve something. Actually when the reader comes to the end of the story, he/she finds out just the opposite to be true. Shirley Jackson describes the day so tremendously that reader perceives it as if it is any other summer day and Jackson foreshadows the events to come by writing: “Bobby Martin had already stuffed his pockets full of stones, and the other boys soon followed his example, selecting the smoothest and roundest stones [...] eventually made a great pile of stones in one corner of the square and guarded it against the raids of the other boys.” (484). After reading these lines, readers surely think that children will play with stones because all children do stuffs like that but in the end, all children use stones for different purpose: “killing Mrs. Delacroix”. All in all, the fact that Jackson tries to believe the readers that something good will happen because of the title’s positive effect on readers, but shocks them by finishing story unexpected ending shows the irony of the title “The Lottery”. Briefly, situation and title act a huge part related to irony in the story. I can easily say that what makes “The Lottery” a masterpiece is the Jackson’s use of ironies every part of it. Both are equally important to the irony and without them the story would not have been as interesting
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