Irony In Shirley Jackson's The Lottery

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Readers are put immediately into a calm and normal place when Jackson opens up the story, “The morning of June 27th was clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a full-summer day; the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green” (1). It is carried this way throughout almost the entirety of the story, but Jackson writes in such a symbolic way that when the story is over, readers are left feeling that they should have expected the outcome much sooner. The story is gruesome and horrific, the fact that the entire town participates in such an act is sickening. It is even more intensified because the whole town acts as if it is normal to do what they did. The way the story ends leaves readers shocked, because none of the characters in the story seem to feel sorry for what they…show more content…
Just by reading the title of the story, readers are inclined to believe that the story will have a positive outcome. When people think of the lottery, the first thing that comes to mind is hope, or a chance of winning something. Right out of the gate Jackson manipulates readers into thinking something good is going to happen, but simply this is not the case. She makes readers expect something because it seems completely obvious, but then she switches it and does something that is almost unpredictable. There is a true beauty behind Jackson’s work in the story. She uses symbolism, character, setting, and point of view in a way that is quite remarkable. The setting of the story is ironic. The town is set to be completely normal and peaceful, there seems to be nothing abnormal about it. Everyone knows each other and everyone gets along, there is no suggestion of any discomfort throughout almost the whole story. But when the true reason for the lottery is revealed, readers are left shocked and discomforted. Everything is fine except the fact that the alleged winner is to be stoned
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