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Slips of Fate In the short story The Lottery by Shirley Jackson the author uses irony to expand on a theme of traditions that continue although they are ludicrous and barbaric Like a lamb to slaughter comes to mind for both the characters in this story and the reader The characters are honoring a tradition that is handed down to them from former generations The reader is led through the seemingly normal and quaint little village and is taken on a ride of ironic horror as they slowly grasp the eventual fate of one inhabitant of the village The title The Lottery implies a contest with a winner of some kind like a sweepstakes When in reality the winner is actually the loser or person that will die by stoning The village by all appearances seems to be a normal and ordinary place with its inhabitants meeting in a square with festival like intentions However the villagers know fully that when the drawing is over one person in the community will die Nonetheless it is tradition The atmosphere is casual yet anxious Tessie Hutchinson arrives late because she clean forgot what day it is It seems impossible to the reader that anyone would forget a day like lottery day Her procrastination is logical but her excuse is lame Mrs Dunbar tells her son I wish theyd hurry Her anxiousness seems due to dread She wants the dreaded hour over and done with However Mr Summers states Lets finish quickly as if there are other more important tasks that need doing Nevertheless perhaps he is unable to contain his excitement of this event The postmasters name Mr Graves is also rather ironic Graves are associated with death and a grave will have to be dug for the so-called winner Mrs Adams states that Some places have already quit lotteries Moreover Old Man Warner replies Nothing but trouble in that Next thing you know theyll be
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