What Is The Tone Of The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

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Chris Mercer 2/18/13 RR-5 Typically when we think of a lottery, we are under the impression that the prize has some sort of monetary value and brings joy. Shirley Jackson’s story "The Lottery" starts off with this belief, and then opposes the idea we are a custom to. It is ironic this story may be thought of as the lottery of death, as well as the lottery that grants’s continued life. It comes down to the same thing. Everyone is issued a ticket at birth, and the ticket is renewed every year after. Someone will die because death is inevitable. In all cases, the tone of this story speaks of ironic inevitability. It really is a death ticket for one, and a life saving ticket for all others. There is no hard climax or gesture that implement’s

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