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A wise Roman poet once said Things are not as they seem the first appearance deceives many This quote gave emphasis to the natures of a barbaric ritual called a Lottery Lotteries werent always about power balls and millions of dollars A well-known author of short stories Shirley Jackson brought light to this in her story The Lottery As readers learn the lottery is a ritual where a citizen of the town is chosen at random and persecuted This not only shows how society negatively influences people blindly but at random as well Jackson wrote this story to inform people of the way we live and how society can change very fast without warning By illustrating how the town turned on Tessie after she drew the wrong slip of paper she gave a Segway to the way people think and how things are not as they seem In her short story The Lottery Jackson seemingly uses ordinary details about the setting and the townspeople to characterize her theme that although society claims to be civilized and may appear so it is inherently barbaricThrough her use of setting which on the surface appears to be light-hearted and commonplace Jackson masks the shock and horror of the storys ending For instance Jackson uses imagery to divert the readers attention to the normalitys of the town By doing so the reader focuses on something nice and bright rather than something dark and twisty that is waiting to occur A first example is at the beginning Jackson opens the story narrating the scenery while setting a peaceful tone 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 Jackson used imagery to paint a picture in the readers mind of what the town looked like in a persuasive act to turn their point of focus to the setting rather
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