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Shirley Jackson is one of the most well known and most brilliant authors of the twentieth century Known best for her supernatural stories one of her most popular short stories is The Lottery The Lottery is considered one of the most haunting and shocking short stories of modern America and is one of the most frequently anthologized The New Yorker 139 In the short story Jackson uses irony symbolism and theme to show the reader the corruption of human natureIn The Lottery Shirley Jackson uses the literary element irony throughout the short story The lottery is a town gathering that occurs every year in which all 300 citizens are required to attend in the town square In this story winning the lottery is ironically a bad thing when usually winning the lottery is a positive thing Jackson writes in this story The morning of June 27th was clear and sunny with the fresh and warmth of a full-summer day the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was rich green Jackson 1 The irony of this description s that Jackson describes today as a beautiful and peaceful day when really a brutal act of violence will be committed later that day Mrs Hutchison arrives late to the lottery and says to the crowd Wouldnt have me leave em dishes in the sink know would you Joe Jackson 2 This statement demonstrates just how little Mrs Hutchison worries about getting picked The irony about this all she is the one that wins the lottery and gets stoned Throughout the story tradition is used as a key theme in The Lottery Mr Summers spoke frequently to the villagers about making a new box but no one liked to upset even as much tradition as was represented by the black box The original paraphernalia for the lottery had been lost long ago and the black box now resting on the stool had been put into use even
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