Shirley Jackson was one of the most influential and brilliant authors of her time.
Shirley was born December 14, 1916, in San Francisco. She’s widely known for her short story The Lottery. The Lottery was published in New York in 1948. The setting of this short story takes place in a small village. The lottery is like a holiday that happens every year, once a year. The entire town gathers for the event with stones in their pocket. After the name is drawn from the box the name that is drawn is prized.
Then is stoned to death. There are many different symbols within this short story that are important. These symbols also help captivate the main idea of the story. Shirley Jackson uses irony, different themes, suspense and also foreshadowing in The Lottery. I’ll be going into to specifics about each literacy device being used. The plot is filled with irony. When we think of lottery we think big prize. We think we are going to be a winner.
As the reader of the lottery we are led to believe the villagers will be winning a prize, but will actually be stoned to death by other villagers. The begin of the lottery starts out as irony. “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 1) As the reader we think this is going to be a good day. Seems like a normal and peaceful day.
This is why it is ironic cause thats far from the truth