Misleading Subjects And Irony In Shirley Jackson's The Lottery

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Misleading Subjects and İrony in “The Lottery” “The Lottery,” by Shirley Jackson, has a comletely surprising end. As we understand from the title, there is a lottery in the story. The lottery is a tradition in the village. It is a summertime and the lottery begin after all of villagers come together at the square. After Mr. Summer declares the lottery open,the heads of household of each family select a paper in a black box. Bill Hutchinson takes the marked paper. Then the Hutchinsons repeat the raffle among themselves. At this time the lucky one is Tessie Hutchinson. Actually it is not luckyness but great luckyless. For one who selects the marked paper is stoned according to rituals. I think “The Lottery” has a misleading setting, and is full of irony. One of misleading points is the day that the lottery is happen. It is a beautiful summertime. “The morning of June 27th was clear and sunny with the fressh warmth of a full summer day; the flowers were blossoming and the grass was reachly green.” (484). This make us think of that it will be a nice day, and…show more content…
Firstly, there is an irony between surname of Mr. Summer and his function in the lottery. Summer connotes sun and warm, youth and strength. Mr. Summer also a “jovial man” (484) but he is the organizer of the event, the lottery, which brings death. Secondly, the cruel end in modern times is another ironic point. Lottery is traditional organiztaion in the village. The person that selects the paper with black point from the black box have to be scapegoat and be exposed to public stoning. It is very old fashioned and inhumanly. Therefore, this kind of punishment opposed to modern thoughts. Finally, the most important irony is in the title, “The Lottery.” As the title suggests, happy thoughts comes to reader’s mind. Contrary to common thoughts of lottery it does not happy ending but death. It is conflicting with the connotation of the

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