The Lottery Symbolism Analysis

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Shirley Jackson: Symbolism in “The Lottery” In “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson you can see what seems to be a fun game turn ugly. Symbols are used throughout the story to enhance and show the theme of the story. Three symbols that Jackson uses is the setting, the black box, and the characters’ names. They come together to make a captivating story and show how tradition may overpower how a community may feel or want to change. The setting is one symbol used in the story. The lottery takes place in a normal town on a beautiful day. “The morning of June 27th was clear and sunny, with a fresh warmth of a full summer day; the flowers were blooming profusely and the grass was richly green” (140). This would make readers think something good…show more content…
Not only actions but also their names help show the characters’ personalities. Old Man Warner was the biggest character showing symbolism. Everything he speaks of is about tradition, which is very important to him. He is always putting down new ideas about the lottery or about the way it’s ran. As Mr. Adams puts in his facts about how the village in the north was talking about giving up the lottery, Old Man Warner replies, “pack of crazy fools, listening to the young folks, nothings good enough for them. Next thing you know they’ll be wanting to go back to live in caves, nobody work anymore, live that way for a while” (143). The Hutchinson family shows the faults humans have, such as being a coward and showing indifference. Ms. Hutchinson shows evil and how a mother can risk her own child’s safety and life since she was willing to demand her married daughter to draw to improve her chances of survival. Shirley Jackson shows how coldness and lack of compassion in people can exhibit in situations regarding tradition and values. In Shirley Jackson’s short story “The Lottery” she uses a great deal of symbolism to express a meaning that is shocking and also disturbing. She shows us that sometimes things are not always what they seem. Some people do not accept change, they will keep the same traditions because it is all they know and feel is important. She proves the problems in following traditions that are

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