Lofty And Convoluted Language In Shirley Jackson's The Lottery

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'The Lottery' is a short story written by Shirley Jackson in 1948. The story is set in a small American town with 300 inhabitants where the people are close and tradition is important. In the beginning of the story the children of the town are gathering stones and putting them in piles. As Mr. Summers conducts all civic activities it is almost time for him to begin the lottery. The lottery is an annual event that has been around for over seventy-seven years and it is practiced by every member of the town but has one single winner. The head of each family draws a small piece of paper from a black box which is kept in a specific place and locked up so nobody can get into it. A slip with a black spot on indicates that the family has been chosen.…show more content…
The author tells the reader what time of day and what time of year the lottery takes place and the author puts in perspective the location of the square where it is all going to happen. This is important in order to keep the reader focused. The natural uncomplicated language is used by the author to give the narration the feel of an ordinary town story. Lofty and convoluted language would damage this allusion. A conflict is under way. There are lots of paragraphs about the villagers and children gathering stones but none of them is individualized and just a few of them are given names. 'The Lottery' is a parable as the moral lessons come through the characters. There is no character development and certain characters represent certain ideas in the tale. Old Man Warner the oldest man in town represents tradition and ritual, Mr. Summers represents joviality, Mr. Graves represents tragedy and Mr. Delacroix whose name in French means 'of the cross' suggests sacrifice because of its reference to Jesus Christ's death on the

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