The Short Story Essay

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Shirley Jackson was a popular American novelist and short story writer of twentieth century, known for her forte in mystery and horror fiction. Supernatural, sinister and mysterious elements played significant role in her works. She has a very odd style of writing and plot. Her themes are usually pertaining to the peculiar things that humans, the smartest being on the planet, will do upon one another. She was primarily known for her short story "The Lottery". The short story "The Lottery" was published in 1948. the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator. The title of the “The Lottery” alone is a great example of how Shirley Jackson topples reader expectations; we usually hear the word “lottery” and are filled with a sense of hope and possibility; we are expecting it is going to be a story about someone who wins something. It acts as ironic symbolism. But after reading we know what a grim prize it will be. The lottery begins happily: ,,clear and sunny, with fresh warmth of a full- summer day; the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green". Such a beginning lures the unwary reader into a comfortable lull. The villagers are ordinary people in an ordinary town. Pleasant, friendly and simple, the men talk about ,,tractors and taxes" while the boys run around piling up stones. It begins as the perfect day to be alive. The setting set forth by Shirley Jackson in the beginning of ,,The Lottery" creates a mood of peacefulness and tranquillity. This setting creates an image in the mind of the reader of a typical town on a normal summer day. These descriptions give the reader a serene felling about the town. Also, this makes the reader feel comfortable about it as if there was nothing wrong in this quaint town. The introduction of the black box then is the obvious key turning point for the setting. It means that today will be

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