Analysis Of Shirley Jackson 's ' The Lottery ' Essay

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Understanding the Irony in Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”
When someone wins the lottery they should win money or prizes or maybe even an expense paid vacation. No one ever dreams of being the winner of your own stoning. Shirley Jackson wrote about a cold blooded murder that the reader would not be prepared for and would lend to the shock value of becoming emotionally involved in this story. The reader is gently pushed in the direction of comfort and safety when the story begins through Jackson 's ironic themed style of writing. By writing the story in this way she takes the reader by complete surprise. Because the readers are kept in suspense, they are not given any specific details of meeting just that they are gathering in the courtyard for the town 's lottery. Jackson was able to use different forms of dramatic, situational, and verbal irony throughout her story to add to the suspense and create the most, "best known and most frequently anthologized short stories in English." (Ruth Franklin)

Shirley Jackson began the journey of using situational irony. Defined by Dictionary.com as irony involving a situation in which actions have an effect that is opposite from what was intended, so that the outcome is contrary to what was expected. Because Jackson began this style of writing it would lay a false sense of security from the very first lines of her story. The story begins, “The morning of June 27th was clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a full-summer day;…

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